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So today what I wanted to talk about there's a few topics that guys, you know, college guys, high school guys, even some pro guys from young rookies have reached out to me and wanted me to kind of key on, Um, and the first thing Waas.
I wanted to talk to you guys about the officer line position.
What does it really mean? You know, because I think a lot of guys, um, take officer line for granted, and I don't necessarily mean the person that's playing the position, but I think people that never played this position takes it for granted, and that's that's being hunted.
You know, it's a lot of times where I heard receivers and and, uh, skill place, you know, they're saying, Oh, man, why can't you just do this? It's not that hard to block him.
It's not that hard to do this.
I could easily say it's not that hard toe run around and in perspective put it in perspective.
It probably is because you have to know, as a receiver, I need to get to this spot.
I need to get to this depth and same thing with officer line.
It's hard plan, officer line.
It's not an easy position to play, you know, being a big guy and dealing with speed.
Russia is dealing with powerful guys, and everything you're doing is necessarily going backwards, almost similar to what a D.
P does right? It is very hard and it's a unique position, right? And one thing that craft alignment myself.
One thing that we believe is offensive and defense alignment isn't just a position it isn't right is a way of life.
It's a way of living to play this position.
You have to sleep, eat and breathe this position because in a split second you can either be on a high note or you could be low.
Then the intensity, like the intensive focus you have tohave when you training it requires so much, you know, um, developing this the skill set needed to play this position.
You know, in my opinion, officer line being alignment is second to none, I think, and I think it's the greatest position ever and that's my opinion, because if you're on the offensive line.
You don't block.
We don't score defensive line.
You don't put pressure on the quarterback.
We don't fluster the quarterback.
We don't get interception.
We don't get stopped.
So those two positions, offensive and defensive blind are two of the most critical positions in football.
No argument at all, no argument at all.
And there's different philosophies that I have about this position.
One of them is, and O Lineman must prepare mentally as well as physically every single day to be successful and to be a successful unit and win as a unit.
Now, when I say be a successful unit and be as a unit, I usually talk in units because I don't always like the point.
Just one guy out.
If one guy on officer lineman on the officer line isn't successful, probably not gonna be a good place.
So I like to talking unit because you have five guys that have to work together.
All five guys have to be on the same page.
All five guys have toe be in unison.
All five guys have to understand what the person next to you is doing, because if not, then is gonna be out of whack.
It's not gonna be a good place.
I can promise you that.
Um and that's why one thing is is I like to tell players is you have tow have the concept of knowing one of them, You know, that person that's next to you, whether you play tackle, guard, center doesn't matter.
That person next to you has to understand.
It has to know you.
Because if we don't have that type of connection, then we won't be able to be successful in the field.
You know, I think back to when I play, you know, and I go back to call it right.
Uh, Jordan McRae, who played in the league, played in the Arena League.
Uh, a f um, you know, all these different, different leads, you know? So he played and he was one of the most successful linemen to come through.
You see em and we just had that connection, right? Sometimes we didn't even have to say anything.
He knew what I was thinking.
I knew what he was thinking.
And that's why we were so successful for playing next to each other.
Because he understood what I had to get done, and I understood what he had to get done.
And, ah, lot of times, I don't think people understand that that plays the position, you know? Ah, Coach once told me, like, how can you be in office of linemen, right? Or how can you be alignment, period, And don't go hang out.
Don't go grab some food together.
Just sit around.
Just do whatever you know, play the game.
Whatever you like to do, right.
How are you not hanging with each other? You know, when I coached when I coach, I always made sure I will call my some of my leaders, some of my older guys, some of my senior guys, and reach out to him and say, Hey, I need you guys to get get get the whole group together and go do something.
I don't care if it's go eat breakfast.
You know, sometimes I will take those guys.
I would take all my guys out.
We'll go do something together.
And that's why we were successful.
That's why we wanted championship.
You know, me being a coach because these guys knew each other in and out they knew what ticked each other off.
They knew what made each other happy.
They knew what got each other, uh, excited before the game, you know, they know what ****ed each other off.
You know, the whole not you have.
This is the brotherhood, you know.
You have fraternities.
You have all these different things that that people joined for brotherhood, being office alignment, being on the football team.
That's another brotherhood, Aziz.
Well, now, another thing moving forward.
Another thing that is key for office alignment is paying attention to detail and everything that you do.
The little things count.
You know, when I sit back and I watched films sometimes, you know, sometimes players can't understand.
Like, what am I seeing? Because it might be the littlest thing it might be when the guys getting a guy might be slow out of his hand, and he's wondering why he's so slow out of this thing.
And it might be one of the smallest thing.
Maybe his knee jerked out just a little bit before he got into his set.
You know, just the slightest thing, or maybe turning it so I'll just a little bit on the slave 45 might be something that can help you get out or might be to the point where you're needed slightly in front of your toe.
You know, So paying attention to the smallest details is the most crucial aspect of playing this position.
Um, practice perfection.
You will be exactly what you believe you are.
It's so many times where I get guys who do not have enough.
Ah, lot of confidence and me being the way I am.
If you don't have confidence once you come work out with me training with me uh, allow me to coach you up.
I promise you, once I get done with you, you will have all confidence in the world.
I promise you that because that's one thing that I really firmly believe.
Anything that you do, you have to have confidence If you don't have confidence stepping into a room, stepping on the field, stepping into a meeting room, step into whatever you decide to do.
If you don't have confidence, you've already lost half of about it right there lining up.
I had to play debut all county.
This is 2013 2013 2014 a year that we went to the Fiesta Bowl at UCL.
I had to play the Davion clown.
And this Waas is you know, he's leaving.
He's getting ready to be the number one draft.
Pick it in, uh, in the NFL draft.
And you know, this is college game day, you know? Crowd is crazy.
First off, I was already at a odd because I was just coming off of surgery.
Tore my meniscus.
So right there, my confidence was slightly now a little bit already, because I've already I just I'm just coming off of surgery.
Haven't had a full week of practice.
So, you know, going into that week, we're going into that game.
You know, I have my brothers with me, you know, the twins just in Jordan.
McRae, Chris Martin.
You know, I had those guys and they like, man a block.
So for those that don't understand that don't know, Block was is my nickname.
So one thing that they said, man, Hey, let's go.
Like if you if you're gonna if you're gonna be out here and dress up and get dressed like let's go.
And that right there was the confidence, All the companies that I needed because what it did was it built, built my confidence And also it allowed me to realize I can't let my brothers Now when you get to the point where you feel that you can't let your brothers down, that's that's all you need right there.
You're so afraid to let everyone down that you're going to give everything You have to make sure that you're successful in the long run is gonna make the whole unit success.
Now I want to leave you.
I want to leave you on this on this segment on this topic, right? Pride, take pride in everything that you do, right.
And what pride stands for for me is personal responsibility in daily effort.
You'll hear it in high school.
You're here in college, you're here in NFL and it's something that I take now, as I trained athletes, you control your effort.
No one else controls your effort.
The like you control the way that you go about your day.
You control the way you go about practice.
You control the way you you take meetings, you control the way you you take care of the game.
His effort effort is simple is one of the most simplest things that you could do.
Effort, everyday effort, whether things are going right.
But things aren't going right.
You control your effort every single day and being office alignment, you have to understand that your role is huge.
You have one of the biggest roles in football.
Embrace it, right, Embrace it, know what you have to get done as a unit or what you have to get done.
Understand what coaches is trying to do, understand the position that he's trying to put you in, right? Some.
Some of the key factors you know we're taking pride is, you know, and what guys are looking for as far as coaches and what no matter whatever you're on is football. I Q.
Right? Your knowledge of the game.
I like to tell people it's common sense.
Like Do you have football common sense? What's your football? I Q. Right.
Um, are you using your time wisely? Toe.
Learn your craft, right? What are you doing to learn more about your position? How can you continue to learn how to get better? Right? Are you watching film.
Are you talking ball, right? Like what? What we're doing right now? Like, are you talking ball? Are you watching film? Because you have a lot of time.
A lot of guys, man, They they don't even watch football.
They don't watch the ball at all.
They don't watch football they like once they leave.
Whatever locker room they're in is like football is out of here now.
So my question to you is do you really love the game like you say you do? Because you have a lot of guys that say Okay? Yeah.
I love football. I love this. I love that.
But if I was to turn on the game on football a game on Saturday or Sunday, would you be? So would you sit there and watch the game? Understand what you talk about? What you understand? Well Oh, man.
What's going on here? Like what? Like what? What are you really doing? Are you understanding the full concept of this to this right? Then you also you have to understand football skill development.
Right? So that's your training, right? You're going toe.
If you have a trainer, you have a football trainer right.
You're You're developing your skills.
It's just you have a lot of guys that just talented, right? But most guys aren't just that talented.
So you have tow work your skill, you have to develop your skills.
So what are you doing? Develop your skills.
Your skills? That right? Um, are you using individual individual practice time? So during practice, what are you doing? Right? You might have a nd period.
You might have after practice.
You might have before practice, like every second.
What are you doing to get better? You do not wanna waste a minute or a second because there is someone out there that's chasing all right.
And are you maximizing your meeting time? Right.
So we talked about your development.
That's your your training.
That's your practices we talked about, uh, improving.
Um, your workout.
So now you're meeting time.
Like when you're a meeting.
What are we doing? Are you really Are you listening to Coach? Are you dozing off? Are you daydreaming like what are you doing? Are you really understanding the concept? Are you asking coach a coach? What do I need to do to get better? What do I need to work on.
Okay, If they do this, what should we do? Right? Give give coach different scenarios on how you feel.
Things could get better, I promise.
You hear, Appreciate that.
So that's the biggest thing.
Take pride in this position.
I really wanted to start off the show with that because I don't think a lot of people understand what it really means to be an officer line or alignment in general.
Period alignment, period.
Office alignment is probably one of the most least talked about position.
Unless something is going wrong, you don't get the glory or get the praise.
But that's what you signed up to do.
Signed up to be a protect bodyguard.
We didn't sign up to be all over the social media all over the newspaper, right? So still take pride and everything that you do now I'm moving forward, get to some some a little more fun.
So my next top of what I wanted to really talk about now is I wanted to talk about the importance of playing all five positions.
So, you know, I've always been act, you know, do I need to play all five positions I need to learn it.
Is it important? Why is it important? And my question and my answer to you is yes, it is important.
Could you get away with not playing off our positions? Of course.
But is it important to learn how to play off opposition? Yes, In my opinion, this is my opinion, this historian Wilson craft alignment opinion that I do believe you should learn how to play off our position.
And it doesn't necessarily mean that you will, but it gives you an advantage if you do learn how to playoff position and know how to play off.
So I'm gonna give you Ah, a few points.
Why? I think it is important.
Right? So one get you on the field quicker, right? It's simple.
It gets you on the field quicker.
Don't matter what level you're on.
You can be high school level, college level, especially pro level, right? It gets you on the field quicker, right? I tell guys all the time, man.
When I was in in the NFL, you only you only travel with six, maybe seven office alignment.
So what does that mean? You're taking the five starters and tackle and probably a guard that can play both.
So you have a guard that can play both sides.
If you if you're taking seven and then you're gonna have a tackle who can also place both sides, who's a swing? So if one guy gets hurt, no matter who gets hurt on whether you're on the left or the right side tackle, he can play both sides.
So it's very important that you can play all five positions.
Then you might have a guy who's, uh, like Charles Leno Junior, who's at Chicago who can play guard as well.
So if I have, If I'm if I'm A S A L team and I have a guy who could play every position, I'm only taking six guys.
Why? Because it's saving me money.
I could put the other guys in front of squad.
So is very, very important.
And when you get into college, right, if you want to go to the college level, it allows you to be a guy that can play as a freshman.
You know, sometimes you see guys who play as a freshman and you wonder why.
Well, he versatile I can put him at certain positions.
I could probably put him at multiple positions.
And that's not to say that he's more talented.
Took then the next guy.
But he's more versatile.
I can use him a little bit more than than a guy who could only play one position.
All right, then.
You have injuries, right? Why is it important to play all five positions? A guy might get injured.
Is that simple? It's football.
A guy might get injured and you're seeing.
And matter of fact, you're seeing it right now in the NFL.
Look at all the guys that's getting hurt right now. In the NFL.
Recently, you just had Taylor Lewan from off the Tennessee Titans.
Just got hurt or they see him.
Then you see, a couple of days ago, um, the Cowboys online.
They just got killed by Arizona.
Why? Their whole line is hurt.
You have little Collins, You have Ah, Tyrone Smith.
These guys are hurt.
So now you have to put pieces together.
You have to put pieces together now.
So why being a versatile guy? Why learning all five positions is important because you never know who might get hurt.
Make sure that whoever I put in position in this certain position, whatever position it is, keep the train rolling.
That's what we're thinking about, right? I can recall going back to my redshirt junior right the same year when we played County, Um, and one of Fiesta Bowl.
Yeah, you know, I get hurt.
I want to say, second game of the season tore my meniscus against F I. U.
I want to say we was playing Penn State at Penn State.
End up winning that game.
But I think back to that because I end up getting hurt.
And you had guys like Chris Martin, who was our right tackle at the time, and Justin McRae, who was playing guard at the time, and by me being out, things had to get swished.
So if I'm not mistaken, Chris had to play left.
Justin had moved out Teoh right tackle, and then we had a young, ah younger Lyman three Cook, who stepped in and played guard.
What if Chris Martin or Justin wasn't firstly, Tyler? That's the play that well, we have made it to the Fiesta Bowl. I think not.
I think not, but by those guys being versatile.
You didn't miss a beat.
We kept the thing.
We kept everything rolling.
The ball was rolling the like.
Everything was moving.
And what I told you guys before.
That's what coaches are looking for.
Can I put certain guys in the game and have the confidence in the the confidence to know that we will not miss a beat? We will keep this thing rolling.
We will still be successful.
That's what coaches are looking for.
So, gosh, that was my That was my opinion on why I think being a versatile lineman, knowing all five positions, it's so important, I truly feel that it really is, You know, Then you have You might have some guys who don't think so.
But that's their opinion, right? So if there's any questions or you could have you guys have any comments on that, you know, you guys let me know once again my twitter is underneath my name Crafted lineman, alright is at craft alignment on Twitter.
Feel free reached out to me.
Give me your opinion.
I would love to talk back and forth and, uh, if you guys have any advice? We could definitely continue to talk about it.
My last question that that was given to me that was act, um, Waas.
Why is it so tough transition from an inside player to a perimeter player? When I say inside, playing to a perimeter player, I'm talking inside player, Which is your guards? Your sentence.
The perimeter player, which is the top.
You know, people ask me all the time.
Like, why is it so hard? I even have some of the guys I trained right now who who sometimes are having that hard transition right there, you know? And to be honest, you know, I had to make that transition as well.
You know, I was the guy who went from high school college, always playing tackle, right, and then get into the NFL.
I have to go to guard and center.
Right? So now couple of points that on that, on that note in this day and age, right? Right now, with the way football is going, offensive tackles are looked to be 6566 Right in that range.
Right, Long arms, Lawrence.
You know, just a long body, right? in office of guards and centers, or like to be between 6264 around that range, right? You might have some exceptions, Which, of course, you know you have a few.
But that right there are usually the measurements that some of these top colleges and the NFL are looking for, you know, tackles being 6566 centers and guards being at 62264 rent, right? That's the ideal miserable now, kind of going back Thio kind of piggybacking off of what I just said.
Most interior guys, they don't have the length to play office attacks, right? So sometimes it's not.
The is not tough, a tough transition because off of just talent, a lot of times it's because you just don't have the length.
You know, I I'm a 63 office of tackle in, in in college and it got away.
You know, I got away with a lot because I had good feet.
Now, when I move on to the NFL, that's not.
You're rarely going to see that right.
You're rarely going to see that, and that's why the NFL and the top colleges they look for guys with length because you're dealing with, you're pretty much on the island attack.
You're on the island.
You have no help most of the time and you're dealing with the speed Russia.
These guys was running 4434445 Right, you're dealing with these freaks.
So you know, it's tough for a guy who's 6263 that don't have the armless as that guy, that six it to play taco at the next level, right? And to be honest, another reason is you know it's difficult to get an outside guy to transition inside, you know, so to kind of put it toe, put it in this point, this point of view, right? You might have a guy that 6566 right, he's 6566 It's hard for him to move inside because things are happening a lot quicker, right? You have a split second to make a decision.
You have a split second Thio, decide how you want to set, right, because inside those deepest tackles are on you.
In the second, you don't have time to get into the set to kick back like you do at tackle right.
So things are happening a lot quicker and for a tackle to move inside, it could be it could be difficult because you don't You're not used to that speed, right? You know, you see that speed and you're dealing with shorter.
You know, D tacos as well is, um also with moving inside, right being that tackle that 65 guy.
Right, You're the strike.
Might not be strong enough like that guy might have a strong strike.
Don't get me wrong.
It's a lot of tackles in the NFL right now.
That has amazing strike.
What? When you're but you're dealing with a 626364 he was in, that's coming in angle.
And, ah, Vanessa most of the time, right, He might transition to a boil and things like that, but he is most likely a Vanessa.
Now, as to your moving inside and you're dealing with a guy who coming at you, who's coming at you? His his hand is right on the ball.
Like I said earlier, you have a split second and your strike has to be on point.
When you're on the inside, it has to be on point because you have to slow down his move his mo mentum.
You have to slow it down.
So if you're strike if you're strike isn't powerful enough, you're gonna just continue to get full pack constantly, constantly going to get continue to get pulled back.
Um, another point is you might have a guy who moves inside.
You know, that 6566 guy that moves inside and couple of things he might let one he might like elaborate by him being 666566 my black leverage because most of your D tackles are between six me and six to most of them.
Not all of them.
You have some exceptions, like the team that hit right.
But for the most part, you're dealing with short of guys shorter and stop guys.
Right? So he might black leverage can get underneath.
Um, he might not be able to jump the hip.
Things are happening fast.
So mostly tackles work there.
Move off a book, right? Then he might not be able to anchor and get underneath the pad.
Right pad level.
That's what it comes down to.
I do not think and and To be honest, I think that guys that are transit you might have a couple of guys that that are exceptions, Right? You might have are exceptions.
Like Brandon Linder, right? Bernie and Linda from Jacksonville.
Jaguar, Right, 66 place officer.
Uh, play center, right.
He's an exception.
You're not. You're not getting too many guys.
That 66 plan Senate.
I can promise you that, right? But he's an exception.
One of the highest pace centers in the lead writer.
Then you might have Chris Herbert, um, from the Evening Browns, who is actually about 6364 who plays guard and tackle, right? So they kind of move him around, um, playing guard and tackle, right? So he's he's more of a guard type body, but can also play tackle.
That's an exception, Then.
Also, you might have charged Leno Jr.
Who I talked about earlier from the Chicago Bears, right, 63 Please tackle Why? Because his feet is impeccable is great.
So this this topic right here was definitely something that I wanted to get out there because, um, I've always gotten questions about transitioning from one position to another.
It's definitely tough and kind of going back to the previous question of learning all five position.
Are you going to play all five positions? It depends.
Should you learn all five positions again? Yes, you should.
Yes, you should.
Because you don't know where the tables might fall.
You don't know where You don't know.
You don't know what position you might have to play no matter what.
Once again, I played Taco my whole career.
Then I got to the NFL.
Had to learn how to play Garden Center.
Would I have wish Who have learned those positions earlier? Garden Center? Because I never played it.
Of course, it is difficult trying to transition to a new position in the NFL.
The stuff because you're the window of error is slim.
So high school guys, guys that might be young right now and call it, learn all five positions, learn the offensive line position, learn what it means to be alive.
This right here is something that is important to me.
That's one reason why I got into training because I want people to understand the importance of playing offensive line and defense, a block just being a lineman, period, it is crucial is one of the most unique position is in my opinion, the best position in football will take pride in what you do every single day.
Appreciate you guys for listening.
This is Tory and Wilson with crafting lineman.
We will see you guys.