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.

Draw and Screen Drill

Drill Type:  Pass Rush Drill Purpose Allows players to gain better take-off, great movement and acceleration to the quarterback. Set Up Set up 4 pop up dummies onthe line of scrimmage. Place 2 or more players behind the line of scrimmage. The coach should be positioned about 7 yards back, as if he were in…

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Angle Tackle Drill

Drill Type:  Tackling Drill Set Up The cones should be set up two yards by two yards. The inside cones are two yards apart, which makes the cones that the players are at, facing each other, four yards apart. You have an offensive player and a defensive player. Execution The players are going to step…

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Shake and Bake Drill

Drill Type:  Defensive Line Drill Purpose Very effective in stopping an offensive lineman from kicking back and taking him to where you surface to get to the quarterback; it also allows you to get hands, which is very important. Execution This is the first of a series of football drills that you’ll do on the…

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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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