Defensive Line Leverage

Two kinds of leverage are essential: 
• vertical
leverage- the defender gets his pad level lower than the blocker
• horizontal
leverage- the defender gets his hands inside those of the blocker.
 
Clear
Minds Equal Fast Feet

Three
Questions 
•Question
#1
–Is
he trying to block me?
•Yes,
Push through my gap and control it
•No,
go on to question #2

•Question
# 2
–Is
the “V” up? 
•Yes,
hit your pass rush move
•No,
go on to question #3
Question
#3

Is the “V” away with an inside threat?

–Yes-Spill
all trappers or Kick out blocks, Tackle 
all backs in your path

–No—Down
block coming; feel pressure ricochet 
back and control

1 ON 1 KEY PROGRESSION
Key
Drill
–Reaction
#1 Trying  to Block Me
•Push
through my gap and Control

–Reaction
#2 Not Trying to Block

 Me—V is Up
•Execute
pass rush move

–Reaction
#3 Not Trying to Block and

–V is Away
•Attack
inside threat—Tackle all backs/Far
 Arm K.O. Blocks

•No
inside threat—
Ricochet back—Down block coming

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