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.

The Redirect Drill

Drill Type:  Defensive Line Drill Purpose This defensive line drill focuses on having a quick reaction, getting across the line, finding the ball, and getting to it in the shortest line possible. Execution The coach is going to have the ball snapped on movement. The defensive line players are going to step across the line…

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The Slalom Drill

Drill Type:  Agility Purpose This agility drill focuses on lateral change of direction shuffle. Setup Set up a series of cones in two straight rows about 5 feet apart, and your players will begin at one end of the cones.  You can set up any number of cones you prefer, based on your player level.…

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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


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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