Defensive Line Teaching Progression

Pre-Snap Checklist
A.    
Stance (of OL)
B.    
Eyes (of OL)
C.    
Splits (of OL)
D.    
Formation strength
– (Run Strength)
I.                 
Knowledge
A.                    
Stance – “Rip-Charge”
1.             
Covered hand down
– covered foot back; unless 5-tech out, then hand to the ball!
2.             
toe to
instep/heel stagger
3.             
Feet slightly
shoulder-width apart
4.             
Weight on the
inside balls of feet- Heels slightly out – “Eagle-Claw”
5.             
Inside hand on
front of eyes – All fingers in contact with ground
6.             
Crowd ball – NOT
OFFSIDES!!!
7.             
Shoulders square
– Tail slightly above shoulders
8.             
Head slightly up
– looking through brow
9.             
Weight slightly
forward (60% on hand – 40% on feet) – off hand in ready position as a weapon –
thumb up!
B.                     
Alignment
1.             
Inside foot
splits the crotch of offensive lineman
2.             
Covered shoulder
pad tip to OL shoulder pad tip unless hand to the ball in 5-tech out!
        
C.                    
Assignment – KNOW YOUR DEFENSE!!!
1.             
Know your
defensive fronts
2.             
Know ahead
what your movement will be to defeat blocks
3.             
Know your gap
assignment – Know when these change due to blitzes
GOAL: Establish new line of scrimmage
through the OL gap side; STRIKE V of neck with strike hand & shoulder pad
tip with offhand!                                          We want
one yard deep in the backfield to be OURS!!


II.              
Fundamentals
A.                    
Get-off
1.             
Key the ball –
Strike when ball moves; (All drills will begin with ball movement when
possible)
2.             
Attack with
inside foot; short 6 inch power step, looking to get 3 steps before the down
hand and assume a great strike position!!
3.             
Pad level down,
eyes at the numbers of OL & STAY LOW!!!
                                 GOAL: Beat the OL out of their stance. By
the time the ball reaches the    
                     Center’s tail, we should
be striking / attacking OL & gap @ v of neck
                  
B.                     
Hand/Hat
Placement
1.             
Hands explode
from ground up –  Elbows in, thumbs up
2.             
Aiming for V of
the neck / breastplate of OL – Be quick, inside hand replacement wins
3.             
Helmet attacks
and stays to gap side V of neck – 
critical on reach blocks
4.             
Feet must NEVER
stop moving / win the battle of the hands!
5.             
Pad level down
& STAY LOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
C.                     
Separation
1.             
Strike- Zone @
full extension of arm, Lock elbows so arms are straight!!
2.             
Use power
hand/trail hand technique to turn shoulders of OL.
a.          
Power hand lock
out and stop pressure of OL using “Push-Pull” technique to turn OL shoulders
& “Drive-Away” from block!!
b.          
Trail hand pull
3.             
Separation will
occur up field
D.                    
Escape
1.             
Violent pull –
disrupt blocker from his responsibility
2.             
Rip under –  power hand press, trail hand under
3.             
Arm over – Power
hand grab, trail hand over
4.             
Play to backside
(away), squeeze 1 gap


E.                     
Pass Rush –
Stance – “Cobra-Charge”
1.             
Covered hand down
– covered foot back; unless 5-tech out, then hand to the ball!
2.             
Toe to heel
stagger
3.             
Feet slightly
narrower than shoulder-width apart
4.             
Weight on the
inside balls of feet- Heels slightly out – Back toe is a toe tap ready
position!!
5.             
Inside hand on
front of eyes – All fingers in contact with ground
6.             
Crowd ball – NOT
OFFSIDES!!!
7.             
Shoulders square
– Tail slightly above shoulders
a.          
Head slightly up
– looking through brow Weight slightly forward (70% on hand – 30% on feet) –
off hand in ready position as a weapon – thumb up!
8.             
Know your rush
lane
9.             
Concentrate on
defeating the blocker – never stop feet!!
10.          
Break blocker
down with mechanism – never stop feet!!
11.          
Execute rush with
technique – dispose of blocker;
A.     Speed
B.     Speed – Power
C.     Speed – Counter
12.          
QB fronts to you
– Hands tall & up in passing lane!
13.          
QB fronts away –
close hard & drive to finish rush!!
III.            
Effort
A.                    
Pursuit
1.             
ALWAYS 110%
effort to the ball on every play
2.             
use correct
pursuit angles
3.             
Expect to make
every play
4.             
Swarm and PUNISH
all ball carriers
5.             
Pass contain
6.             
Pursuit Laterally
7.             
Trail play to
backside
8.             
Strip ball – cause turnovers
B.                    
Tackling
1.             
Explode through ball carrier from ground up
2.             
Bull neck, club arms, grab cloth
3.             
Never
Stop FEET!!
4.             
Drive ball
carrier back
5.             
Force turnover,
creating Takeaways!
                
  BE
ALERT FOR:
A.          
Long snap counts
– KEY BALL
B.           
Quick counts
–  KEY BALL
C.           
No huddle
D.          
OL Subs
E.           
Fumble (recover/
score)
                 
                 ON THE
PRACTICE FIELD AND DURING A GAME ALWAYS REMEMBER
A.          
Encourage each
other
B.           
Communicate with
each other
C.           
Teach with each
other
D.          
Teach each other
E.           
Learn from each
other.

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