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Coach doesn't like players who pour ketchup wrong  1 Week ago

Source:   USA Today  

Everyone knows how to get ketchup out of a Heinz bottle: You hit the "57" on the side instead of smacking it from the bottom or shaking it.

Those of you who don't know that? You would not be chosen as an offensive lineman by Dallas Cowboys coach Paul Alexander.

The key there:

(The "57" is) placed at the precise spot where if one taps gently on the tipped bottle, the ketchup flows freely from the bottle. Even the new plastic squeeze bottles have a perfectly placed "57" at its optimal squeezing position. The person who figured that out was a genius.

When I see a large football player turn a bottle of ketchup upside down and pound at its heel with tremendous force yet with limited success, I immediately make the mental note:

I'm an Offensive Line Coach. I coach the big, fat guys, and I love them. Offensive linemen need to be the smartest, most cohesive group on the football field because they are responsible for the combinations of problems that eleven coordinated defenders can cause. In football, there are eleven defenders and eight gaps that they can charge. Assuming each man can choose one gap, there are 437,514 possible defensive alignments that the offensive line must deal with. Football strategy can be complicated much like an advanced level math problem. Offensive linemen and their coaches seek to solve complex problems with simple solutions.

That's actually kind of brilliant, right?

If you're a new Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman, this should help:

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