When I played the offensive line wasn't allowed to use hands. So we kept our arms folded, hands near chest. The surface we'd use to hit the opponent was our forearm. When we practiced blocking, we'd get in the three-point stance and, at the snap of the ball, fire off the line smacking the defensive lineman with our forearms.
The goal was to drive the forearm into his chest with so much force his whole body would vibrate from the impact - hence the term forearm shiver.
We would follow through with the shoulder so my head would go to one side of the defender's body, my shoulder and arm across his midsection, acting like a bar of steel driving him back and in whatever direction I wanted him to go.
But my way isn't the way football is played these days. I watch the NFL games looking for examples of the forearm shiver and I never see any. Partially because the defensive line doesn't stay put. They present a moving target and you have to be mobile to get your block.
Football boils down to one-on-one contests, blocker versus tackler. Strength versus strength. Skill versus skill. When you watch football notice the battles in the line.
These photos are from the practice January 21.
|Being taller makes it difficult to hit low on the defender.|
|Q.T. is aiming low. In the old days she'd be trying to|
hit the pad with her shoulder and right forearm. She
is tall enough that I'm not certain she could get low enough.
|I like the way this worked out. The hands push the defender|
to a more upright position. If the defender is low, straighten
her up. Q.T. isn't lower; she appears to have a stalemate on
lower/higher. But also appears to be in a power stance.
|But on the second block, her height becomes|
a disadvantage. The initial contact had the
defender lower. And the defender definitely has
the advantage in this photo.