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2004 Scoring Defense Total Defense 5th 15pts 2005 10th 17pts 2006 9th 14pts 2007 7th 17pts 10th 291yds 12th 304yds 15th 284yds 11th 308yds 7th 87yds 6th 40sacks 7th 93yds 2nd 46sacks Rushing Defense 34th 129yds 7th 93 yds Sacks 8th 41sacks .
D-Lineman have one of the most important assignments in football. is the need for quickness and determination.DEVELOPING D-LINE DRILLS • As you prepare your D-Line drills you must keep a certain mentality in mind while conducting the drill. Areas of consideration when conducting your drills: . The main ingredients for a good defensive lineman. and it is predicated on their ability to rush the passer or get to the ball carrier.
1) SPEED: A D-Lineman must have excellent foot speed. Areas of concentration will be to accelerate. . and develop good physical coordination. forget it. The desire to accelerate on movement of the football is the principal athletic trait a D-Lineman needs. react quickly. 2) ACCELERATION: Initial quickness must always be emphasized. If a blocker is quick enough to get his hands inside the framework of the DLineman’s numbers and get his elbows locked on him. He must always keep his feet alive and moving. The defender will not get to the passer.
Remember this point with your drills. Make your drills tough and demanding. a D-Lineman must keep his feet moving. A D-Lineman needs to have a mean streak. and body as he rushes the passer. . A D-Lineman gets more sacks when he just keeps coming and he never gives up. When rushing the passer or playing the run. feet. meaning they want to get after people. even on the practice field. 4) COMPETITIVENESS: An attitude is one of the most important football qualities a D-Lineman should have.3) COORDINATION: A D-Lineman must be able to coordinate the action of his hands.
.5) TOUGHNESS: A D-Lineman must not be denied. How will he react when playing against a bigger and stronger opponent? 6) INSIDE POWER: Your D-Line must be able to control the line of scrimmage.
FLUIDITY: The D-Lineman must demonstrate fluid movement as he reacts and changes direction on the field. FLEXIBILITY: A D-Lineman must demonstrate extraordinary flexibility for his size.” He must be able to quickly shed the blocker. Flexibility is a requirement for maintaining the proper leverage as he defeats the blockers. • • • .D-LINEMAN CHARACTERISTICS • QUICKNESS: The D-Lineman must demonstrate quickness in his ability to move in all directions. He cannot be a “leaner. He should have a knack for delivering an explosive blow to the opponent. He should demonstrate an aboveaverage reactive ability for his size. POWER: The D-Lineman must be able to strike a blow with power.
etc . He should respond to his reads properly at all times. field position tendencies. clock factors. He should demonstrate a football IQ in he is able to relate to down and distance tendencies. • CONSISTENCY: The D-Lineman must demonstrate reliability and consistency under pressure. He has to be able to recognize offensive blocking patterns quickly and respond with an immediate physical reaction. formation tendencies.• RECOGNITION SKILLS: The D-Lineman should be able to make the proper adjustments and adapt to changing situations.
The exceptional D-Lineman is involved in the leadership process of the unit. • Understanding the relationship of the secondary perimeter support call to the front scheme. he leads through his body and mind. • Understanding the relevance of the weather on the style of play. • Appreciating the impact of the field position. . Some of the things the involved D-Lineman does for his team include: • Checking the yard markers and reminding teammates of the offensive tendencies • Helping his teammates be alert for the opponent’s special plays. • Anticipating “checks” and other such defensive audibles. He not only rises to the occasion.
. What is important is the stance allows the D-Lineman to take a somewhat neutral position.THE FIVE ESSENTIALS 1. He should be able to move in either direction with an explosive power-step. STANCE: You should not overemphasize the stance parameters of the D-Lineman.
the big first step outs the D-Lineman on the edge or in a position of imbalance against a blocker using short power strides. it is extremely important the player utilize short. We feel the big first step puts the D-Lineman at a disadvantage against every type of block.2. . save one. powerful steps while maintaining a good base. Against all other blocks. The only blocking scheme a big first step technique is effective against is the high-hat read (pass protection). In order for a player to contact the blocker in a fundamentally sound body position. ATTACK: We do not teach the big first step coaching point many coaches edify in their desire to gain penetration.
Neutralizing a blocker or a combination blocking scheme involves several reactions. spilling a trap blocker. the productive D-Lineman must be able to move quickly and efficiently in eight different directions. . Getting an up field push on a pass protector.3. In order to consistently neutralize a blocker or blocking scheme. etc. disrupting a combo block. NEUTRALIZE: The effective D-Lineman must neutralize the blocker’s impact and stabilize the line of scrimmage.
The escape factor is a critical component to DLine play and it should be practiced on a daily basis with specific drills which hone the players’ technique in escaping from contact with the blocker. Against the pass. escaping predominantly entails lateral movement ability. Against the run.4. A primary characteristic of an effective defensive player is his ability to quickly and violently shed a blocker. ESCAPE: This is where the kinship of D-Line play and wrestling is the strongest. Good technique and leverage is simply not enough. the defender may have to throw the blocker aside with a club move in order to clear the pass rushing lane. .
PURSUIT: An effective escape puts the D-Lineman into position to effectively pursue the ball carrier. No one can outhustle our defense. our players (through the use of the proper escape technique) will pursue the ball carrier according to the proper angle and leverage.5. In addition to outhustling our opponent. . Hustle and angle are the two components of effective individual pursuit.
You can be a turnover producing defense with great pursuit by your D-Lineman.PHILOSOPHY OF PURSUIT & TACKLING Pursuit is the burning desire to get to the football. You can build a reputation of punishing gang tackling from the front and backside by demanding team pursuit. . Pursuit can be evaluated by freezing a video frame and counting the number of players around the football on any given play. Force people to go the distance to score.
Visualize pursuing and making great plays. You can improve your speed and quickness. Physical conditioning is necessary so you can have great pursuit on every play.WHAT IT TAKES TO PURSUE 1. Speed. .react fast and quickly. Pursuit is first a mental process 2. 3. 4.
HOW TO PURSUE 1. Concentrate on lateral movement when the ball comes your way. Take correct course (pursuit angle) to the ball so you are in good position for the cutback. 5. Play technique and gap responsibility first 2. 4. You have to want to be the first to the ball. 3. must turn the ball carrier inside to pursuit. . Whoever is responsible for contain. Everyone else works inside out to the ball.
Good bent knee striking position. 2. driving your numbers through their numbers. . Club and wrap-up. 3.ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE BALL 1. Step to and through the ball carrier (take one extra step). Come to balance (come under control). 4.
3. 4. During the course of a game b. Discourages opponents. .WHAT PURSUIT DOES 1. Eliminates the long touchdown. Promotes consistent team performance. Creates turnovers all over the field. 2. Strikes fear and intimidates future opponents. a.
It takes both aggressiveness and good technique to be a great tackler. THE DEFENSIVE MAN MUST WIN! OBJECTIVE: To stop the ball carrier in his tracks for little or no gain and to gang tackle. .TACKLING DEFINITION: A tackle is a desired collision between the defensive man and the ball carrier. Tackling is 50% determination and 50% technique.
Don’t give the ball carrier a two way cut. 3. . 2. Keep butt low. Eyes should be focused on the ball carrier’s numbers. 4. roll the hips. first contact should be made with the chest or numbers.TECHNIQUE/FUNDAMENTALS 1. Meet the ball carrier in a good hitting position. keep head up. As the chest or numbers make contact.
wide base. somehow make the tackle. Do not leave your feet. legs. Grab arms. except the face mask. drive through ball carrier and take him backwards. 7. short choppy steps. wrap viciously and pull the ball carrier towards you. squeeze and grab cloth. . If you are caught in a poor hitting position. 6. On contact work arms from low to high. or anything you can get a hold of.5.
2. then take it away. . Force the ball carrier back into pursuit when possible. Make the tackle. Give the ball carrier only one way to go. 5. Leave your feet only as a last resort. 6. Keep eyes on the belt buckle and get into a good hitting position. Gather yourself and come under control 3-4 yards from the ball carrier.OPEN FIELD TACKLE 1. feet choppingmove toward ball carrier. 4. Use the sideline whenever possible. 3.
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