If you’re looking for a way to improve your defensive line’s speed and agility, check out these drills.
This agility drill focuses on a great lateral change of direction shuffle. It’s great for the quads. It involves setting up a series of cones and then having your player weave in and out of the cones.
And at the end of every one of my drills, we’re always going to burst five yards. We’re going to get in the habit of bursting to the football.
Every Foot Drill
During this drill, your player will step over every bag leading with the onside foot, hitting both feet in every hole, with good arm action. After the last bag we’re going to turn and burst five yards. This pee wee football drill is great for rhythm and coordination.
Change in Direction Drill
During this agility drill, your player will step over every bag leading with the onside foot, hitting both feet in every hole with good arm action.
Once he clears the last bag, he’s going to play off a cut block. When we play off the cut block off the orange ball, I want to see his eyes down in there and pop that ball back to me. He’s going to do the same thing back through.
Sled Punch Play Drill
With this play drill, your player will shoot his hands into a sled. His thumbs should be at one and eleven o’clock. I’m looking for hip roll and good hand placement.
We’re now going to stand up, take it to the next progression. He’s now going to stand up and incorporate a foot. We’re going to be in a three-point stance and do the exact same thing.
The next progression we take off with this is the exact same drill, but now he’s going to escape off the sled.
The next drill we’re going to do is what we call a base drill, the next progression. Now what we’re looking for is base. In order to play football, you have to have a good base, a good center of gravity. So what we’re going to do here is your player’s going to step over the bags and the bags are going to make him keep a good base as he strikes this guy with his blow delivery.
The next drill we’re going to do is what we call a push/pull drill. Your player will get a good fit on the coach, with his thumbs at one and eleven o’clock. Good bend in his knees. I’m going to have him close his eyes and feel the coach push with pressure.
Once your player feels pressure, he’s going to fight pressure with pressure. Push/pull, turn shoulders, escape into that gap. Because so many times on any type of block, a defensive lineman gets covered up when he’s really responsible for a gap. The best way to get back in those gap is to push forward.
These drills are sure to get your defensive linemen ready for the next game. Do you think these drills will work well with your next practice? Why or why not?