- Improve your tackling, block destruction and takeaways using these team defense drills
- Learn the 7 things a defensive lineman needs to be successful on any given play
- Position your linebackers to make plays and support your defense using these key reads and progressions
- Stop the big play by making solid tackles
with Dave Doeren,
North Carolina State University Head Coach;
former Northern Illinois University Head Coach;
former University of Wisconsin Defensive Coordinator
Improve your defensive fundamentals with this quick team defense circuit.
Dave Doeren takes you through a three-station drill series that reinforces the critical defensive fundamentals — tackling, block destruction, and takeaways. This three station set-up will allow your assistant coaches to work with every member of your defense giving your players maximum repetitions in a short amount of time. This allows all of the players to be coached on the same critical techniques with the same terminology.
In the tackling station, your athletes will learn to take a proper angle to the ball carrier, maintain good balance before the hit, proper footwork to close the gap and the ability to change direction while delivering a proper hit. Coach Doeren takes you through practice footage of the tackle station and explains each clip by taking you through the teaching progressions needed to develop proper tacking techniques. Game footage shows the skills in action.
BLOCK DESTRUCTION STATION
In the block destruction station, you will see how to defeat and shed the high blocks and cut blocks. Using these drills, your defense will learn how to use their hands to push the blockers away from their body, avoid cut blocks, and recover their angle of pursuit. All of these drills are shown using practice and game footage.
Train your defense to punch or strip the ball and make the recovery. You will learn the proper techniques for both forcing the fumble and making the appropriate recovery.
Within your defensive scheme your players need to know of how to beat a block, make a tackle and get the ball back for the offense. These drills will give you the framework you need to improve your team in all three areas.
50 minutes. 2010.
with Charlie Partridge, Florida Atlantic University Head Coach;
former University of Wisconsin Associate Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator/D-line
Using practice and game footage, Partridge takes you through 30 individual and group drills you can incorporate into your practice to teach proper fundamentals for the defensive line.
The first set of drills focuses on stopping the run. Using these drills, your players will develop:
- agility and athletic movement to defeat cut blocks
- quick feet and "violent hands" for turning the corner on a pass rush
- a powerful strike and maintain pad level when coming out of the stance
- the ability to stay ahead of the block when the runner is working away from you
- and more
Wisconsin's pass rush is a reaction oriented respond based on relationship to the QB and how they are stacked against the lineman. To gain this understanding, Partridge shares eight drills that focus on getting your lineman's hips open and away from blocker. You will also see how to sell an inside move, then come back inside with a chop technique; to avoid getting blocked in the back once your ends have won a speed rush; and how to get under elbow of a bigger offensive lineman and arm bar around lower part of blocker's body.
The groups drills focus on clearing feet to defeat cut blocks, shedding a tight end block and specific drills for beating the blocking assignments of spread teams.
In addition to all of these drills, Partridge shares his "Defensive Line Gospel," that is, the fundamentals your linemen need to be make a difference on every play. The bulk of the DVD centers on building the line by fine-tuning the seven fundamentals.
Defensive line play is an important ingredient in any defensive system. Using these drills, the Badgers lead the Big 10 in rushing defense in 2009 (allo