Category Archives: Defensive Line Drills

Defensive linemen must become adept at shedding blocks, stopping the run, attacking the passer, and tackling with proper fundamentals. Below, you’ll find a variety of unique coaching ideas to develop a dominant defensive line.

Punt Pressure Drill: Run The Hoop

punt pressure RUN THE HOOP

Many times, players are afraid to go block the kick, because of the fear of a resulting penalty. This is a great punt pressure drill that you can use to teach your players how to block a kick properly from the angle that they are approaching from. Set Up Place 3 players along the line…

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Special Teams: The Butt & Press Drill

special teams butt and press

As you get closer to the ball carrier, there are going to be guys that are in your way. Many players want to run around blocks. But what really needs to happen in a shock and lock on that blocker, with the defender finding where the ball carrier is going and then ripping off of…

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Block Protection: The Ball Cut Tackle Drill

BALL CUT TACKLE DRILL

So many times, you’ll see offensive players try to cut you to keep you from getting to the football. We need to give our players some focal points that will help them defeat that block.  You need to teach your players how to take on a block, how to get off a block, and then…

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Breaking Down The Side Line Tackle Drill

breaking down the side line tackle drill

So many times as a coach, one of the most frustrating mis-tackles that we see our players make is that tackle when the ball carrier is running own the sideline, and all he really needs to do as a defensive player is force him out of bounds. In this video blog post,  I am sharing…

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The Shed Tackle Drill

SHED TACKLE DRILL

There are a number of different ways to run a good solid, fundamentally sound shed tackle drill.  Incorporating a popsicle sled that you can actually let the kids put their hands on and get off of is invaluable, in my opinion.  In this video, I share my favorite Shed Tackle Drill, which really focuses on explosion, escape…

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