The offensive line in football is a group of five players on the offense:
The offensive line is responsible for:
- Protecting the quarterback from being sacked
- Countering the defensive line of the defense
- Stopping defensive players from tackling the ball carrier
- Opening running lanes for the ball carrier to run through
Football Left Guard
Football Right Guard
- left tackle
- right tackle
Football Left Tackle
The left tackle is the linemen on the left side of the offensive line.
IMPORTANT: There is also a left tackle position in the defensive line, but do not confuse the two.
Football Right Tackle
The right tackle is the linemen on the right side of the offensive line.
IMPORTANT: There is also a right tackle position in the defensive line, but do not confuse the two.
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.
A false start happens when a player crosses the line of scrimmage before the snap. Linemen must be careful not to step over the scrimmage line before the hike or they will be called for a false start - a 5 yard penalty.