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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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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“Rush Against the Pop-Up” Drill

Drill Type:  Pass Rush Drill Purpose In this pass rush drill, we simulate ball movement without using the offensive line or each other, instead performing a rush against a short pop-up dummy.  This drill ties everything together: great take-offs, the slap, the rip, the swim, the dip in the hip, and the acceleration to the…

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Score Tackling Drill

Drill Type:  Defense Drill Purpose This drill emphasizes getting in front of ball carriers and attacking them square. Set Up Set up 4 bags, or 4 lines of cones (3 cones deep) to create alleys. Offense and defense players will face each other at the middle alley. Execution The offensive man will initiate the drill…

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Angle Tackle Drill

Drill Type:  Tackling Drill Purpose This tackling drill focuses on getting into the proper tackling position and the mechanics of a tackle from an angle. 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…

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