Principles of an Attacking Defensive Line
Kirby CannonHead Coach, University of Missouri-RollaIndependent Football Alliance 2005 Coach of the Year
Defensive Line Philosophy
. We need to play when we are bumped and bruised. Physically and mentally we must go all out onevery play, no matter how exhausted we are. Toughness does not just happen on game day. Toughness isdeveloped and improved every day. Compete every day of your life. The harder you work, the tougher you become.
. We have a gap responsibility to fulfill on every call. We must fulfill that responsibility usinggreat technique on every snap. The defense will not succeed if that does not happen. Consistency is the truemeasure of performance.
III. Pass Rush
. We must constantly put pressure on the quarterback. We want to be conscious of down anddistance at all times. This dictates our initial thoughts. If called for, have a pass rush move planned, always being able to react to the run. Study your opponent for tips every week. Sacks result from great effort and planning. Know your opponent tendencies.
. Take pride in the fact that you have the toughest job in football. You are in the middle of the actionon every play. You must penetrate the LOS and stop the run. You must put pressure on the Quarterback everytime he throws. You must defeat 1-2 blocks every snap you are on the field. It takes a special person to be agreat defensive lineman. You must take pride and respect in our fellow linemen. Play as a unit; supporting eachother, motivating each other, helping each other off the ground, and celebrating with each other after great plays.Realize that together as a unit, you can dictate outcomes.
Stopping the Run
To win, we must be committed to stopping the run. Run defense starts with the play of the Defensive Line. Wewill be aggressive, tough, and relentless in our task of stopping the run. We will develop an insistent work ethic.Every time we put our hand on the ground, we will play with 100% effort. We will play an attacking style of defensive line play and constantly attack the offense.
I. Basic Front Information.
Line of scrimmage discipline:A. Be in a stance and ready to play when center touches the ball.B. Be onside.C. Be aware and communicate pre-snap reads.D. An offensive lineman, from tackle to tackle, may not lift his down hand once it is set, prior to the snap.E. Remember - we move on movement!
II. Defensive Line Teaching Progression vs. Run
A. Knowledge:1. Stance2. Alignment3. Assignment B. Technique:4. Get off 5. First Step6. Hat/Hand Placement7. Separation8. Escape