The Offensive Line
Offensive Line Goals
The goals of the offensive line are the following:
- to counter the defense's defensive line
- to protect the quarterback from being sacked
- to stop defensive players from breaking through the line they form
- to open running lanes for the ball-carrier
The Center (C)
PRO TIP: The center stands in an area of the field called the neutral zone. No player can enter this zone before the ball is snapped into play or they risk a penalty called encroachment, a 5-yard penalty.
The Guards (LG/RG)
The Tackles (LT/RT)
The offensive line counters the defensive line and creates an enclosed area called the pocket for the quarterback to stand in. A strong offensive line shields the quarterback from being hit by defensive players.