or the University of Montana coachingstaff I would like to thank the AFCAforthis opportunity to share some of the thingswe do with our defensive front. I appreciateHead Coach Joe Glenn for asking me towrite this article. One year ago after beinghired from Northern Colorado, CoachGlenn organized his staff in the middle ofrecruiting season. Our first task was tosecure an outstanding class of recruits.After the national signing day, our defen-sive staff started to work on our defensivepackage and to get ready for spring prac-tice. Our staff consists of Mike Breske(coordinator), Dave Doeren (secondary),Chris Knutsen (linebackers), and LanceRobinson (whom I work with on the defen-sive line).Our defensive philosophy is for 11 play-ers to work as a single unit. Each playermust carry out his responsibility so theentire unit can execute the game plan. Weare an aggressive defense, which is basedon HUSTLE and DESIRE. We like to bringa lot of pressure with our zone blitzes. Ourplayers like this attack tempo and believe init. This allows them to play very aggressive,make plays and have fun.There are five things which we feel weneed to do to win:
Be more physical thanour opponent.
Be intelligent, know ourassignments and game situations.
Hustle, we are a swarming defense, greateffort on every play.
Be mentally tough,don’t let little things interfere with our focus.
Desire for team victory, personal sacri-fices for team success.Montana Grizzly football for the past 15years has been known for its explosiveoffense. During last year’s spring practiceand this past season we could feel theexcitement and the rise in prominence ofthe defensive unit. The media, school,community, and entire state started to talkabout the Griz “D”. With record-breakingcrowds, our fans became very vocal whenthe opponents had the ball and showedtheir appreciation with standing ovationswhen the team came off the field followinga three and out series. All this was verymotivational for our players.Here are some defensive statistics,which our team achieved for the regularseason.Rush Def.76.61st Big Sky/2nd I-AA
Pass Def. 188.42nd Big SkyScoring Def.19.31stBig SkyPass Eff. Def. 107.71st Big SkyTotal Def.265.01st/Big Sky/8th-AASacks:511stBig SkyThird Down: 30%1st Big Sky4thDown:41%2nd Big SkyFor the entire season we had 172 tack-les for a loss, 55 sacks, and 20 fumblerecoveries.
Assets Needed to Play Defensive Line1.
Aggressiveness, may be the mostimportant.
Quickness off the ball.
Be physical, dominate your man onhis side of the line of scrimmage.
Use of leverage.
Get off blocks.
Use of your hands.
Stay on your feet.
Full speed from the snap to thewhistle on every play.
Work hard in practice.
Be a team player.We talk about these assets all the timein practice and drills.
The Basic Fundamentals
StanceAlignment &ResponsibilityCharge and ReactionEscapesPursuitTackling
Alignments and Gapsfor Defensive FrontsCub Front
• — •Tom HauckDefensive Line CoachUniversity of MontanaMissoula, Mont.
Bear Attack:The Grizzlies’Front Four
Diagram 1: Alignments &GapsDiagram 2:Cub Front