tunity to share our thoughts. Our staff made the move to the eight-man front in the spring of 2000, and consequentially experi- enced a great deal of success during the 2000 season.
When playing an eight-man front scheme, we believe that it is critical to avoid segmen- tation of the defense and to promote the vision of one unit. As you are well aware, this style of defense is committed to stopping the run and pressuring the quarterback. Everyone on the defensive unit must believe in this philosophy and play a significant role in the package. Therefore, we developed a circuit-training program to teach the critical fundamentals of the defense. We begin every practice with a defensive circuit, which mirrors the philosophy of starting fast we take into each game.
There are three elements of playing the eight man front package that a defense must practice on a consistent basis. These are:
By training these skills with a circuit approach, you are able to practice a variety of techniques in a 10-minute period and keep the tempo enthusiastic for both the players and the coaches. We hope you are able to develop an idea from how we prac- tice and encourage you to call or visit if you have any questions.
Tackling Circuit: Skate Tackle
1. Place two cones five yards apart
2. Place a cone approximately four
standing in front will shuffle (one to the right, one to the left) defeating three cut blocks and executing a form tackle on the last player.
palms down when executing block protec- tion and strike the shoulder pad and side of the helmet of the blocker. Avoid slapping the back of the shoulder pads.
the tackler gets his head across the runner and runs to and through the ball carrier, continuing to drive his legs until the whistle is blown.
half of the players will line up on the num- bers and simulate the offensive players. The second line will align on the hash mark at five yards depth for the defensive line and linebackers and 10 yards for the defen- sive backs.
ball position. On the coach\u2019s command, he will throw the ball to the simulated receiver aligned on the numbers.
down position loosely holding the edges of the defender\u2019s shoulder pads and applies a moderate amount of pressure.
on the blocker\u2019s breastplate with both hands, eyes below chin, and arms slightly bent.
out, separating from the blocker. Next he will step to his left and snatch or throw the blocker to his right.
and dip and rip to come out of the snatch in a balanced position before pressing the blocker.
Tackling Circuit: Head Across
1. Divide the players into two lines.
2. The tackling line and the ball carrier
angle to fit his head to the outside of the carrier, drive his hips around to resist the path of the carrier and sprint his feet until the whistle is blown to end the rep.
Take Away Circuit
1. Fumble Recovery
2. Interception Drill
3. Rake and Punch
4. Strip Tackle
line will execute a cradle fumble recovery and hold the position until checked by the coach.
line will execute a scoop and score fumble recovery, running an additional five yards with the ball. After finishing the drill, the player will place the ball back at the five- yard mark.
recovery, the player should dive straight out, staying low to the ground and grabbing the ball with hands.
recovery, be sure that the player bends at the knees and gets his hands under the ball (like a shortstop fields a ground ball).
ers in the line will rotate so that they are ready to perform the drill when the quarter - back progresses down the line.
down on the ball and then attempts to rake the ball out and up from the receivers hands.
le into this drill to teach the defender, who is approaching a secured tackle, to strip the ball.
carrier\u2019s elbow with one hand and reach over the top of the point of the ball with the other hand.
the point, violently pry the point of the ball by taking the ball carrier\u2019s fingers away from his body, separating the ball.
Pass Rush Circuit
1. Blitz and Speed Rush
2. Bull and Clear
3. Club and Rip/Swim
and Speed Rush
1. Set up one play strip.
2.Place a cone one yard behind and
neously, but will alternate left and right. On the snap, the offense will not run a play, but the defensive lineman will run the arc. The coach will use a stopwatch to time the speed rush. The rusher must finish between the two deep cones.
for corners to simulate the path needed for PAT/FG block. The coach should use a watch to time this drill and place a landing pad at the finish point.
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