What is Man on Man Blocking in Football?
Man-on-man blocking is a scheme where offensive line players focus on specific defensive line players to block regardless of field position. Blocking is a very important skill for any and every player to have in football, but the individual ability is not enough for a team's blocking to be good. There are several blocking schemes used by coaches, with the simplest one being man-to-man blocking, and the zone blocking being the most popular.
Man-on-man blocking is widely used in youth football. The other option, zone-blocking, can be complicated for youngsters to understand and lead to mistakes, while man-on-man blocking is easy to understand and execute. In the NFL and College Football, man-on-man is still seen, but zone blocking schemes are preferred. If a team has players who are really good at blocking, it can be enough for a man-on-man scheme to work well, while the coach's skills are more important for a zone-blocking scheme to run smoothly.