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.

Block Protection: The 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


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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A Rip Drill Your Players Will Love!

rip drill

This is a fun drill for the kids that really teaches them how to “Rip”. Many times when we teach kids to pass rush on a Rip drill, they don’t get low enough and they don’t scoop the arm. Anytime we Rip on someone – whether it’s a club rip or a bull rip and…

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Breaking Down the Angle Fit Tackle Drill

angle fit tackle drill

In today’s video blog post, we are demonstrating the Angle Fit Tackle Drill.  The Angle Fit Tackle Drill  is just like a normal Fit tackle, with the exception that we are going to come in for the tackle at a 45 degree angle.  We’ll also demonstrate proper stance, head placement and footwork. The Angle Fit…

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