- Learn essential rules for becoming a run stopper
- Turn your linebackers into "heat seeking missiles"
- Develop a takeaway culture in your defensive secondary; turnovers don't just happen, they're created
with Paul Creighton, UC-Davis Assistant Coach;
former Colorado State University-Pueblo Assistant Coach/Defensive Line;
In 2012, CSU-Pueblo ranked in the Top 20 nationally for rush defense, allowing just 108 yards per game and only eight rushing touchdowns
Paul Creighton has led the Colorado State-Pueblo defensive line attack to back-to-back Top 20 national rankings in rush defense. In this video, Coach Creighton gives an in-depth look at his defensive line development, including philosophy, fundamentals and video examples of drills that will create aggressive, attacking two-way defensive linemen.
In this 3-4 defense, Coach Creighton's players align head-up to create a "two-way go." He teaches his players how to read and destruct blocks, explaining his strategy from philosophy through execution. He does a great job of explaining the reasons why you should or shouldn't do certain things in this defense. Although Coach Creighton's defensive line scheme is quite unique, there are many elements of it that can be used in any scheme you might play.
In the fundamentals section of the video, he teaches the stance footwork and strike that create dominant defensive linemen. He covers:
- The "AAKTF" (Alignment, Assignment, Key, Technique and Finish) thought process for defensive linemen. Creighton explains each component in detail and gives drills to become more efficient in each aspect. A player who understands the "AAKTF" thought process is more likely to play faster with less thinking. This process can be applied to all positions on the field.
- How to use the proper footwork, most importantly the first two steps, to be an effective defensive lineman. Taking the proper first two steps allows defensive linemen to keep their hips square at the line of scrimmage and maintain leverage throughout the play. As Coach Creighton points out, "most battles up front are won in the first two steps."
- How to properly strike the offensive linemen with great hand position and placement. This gives the player the opportunity to create separation and find the ball carrier.
- The importance of understanding how to read your key. Reacting quickly and properly to your key is vital to the success of the play. Coach Creighton thoroughly explains the difference between an aggressive block, non-aggressive block, and a pass set.
Train your line to attack before reacting and force your opponent out of their offensive game plan.
80 minutes. 2013.
with Hunter Hughes,
CSU-Pueblo Defensive Coordinator; 2014 NCAA D-II National Champions;
2011 FootballScoop.com Division II Coordinator of the Year
Under Hunter Hughes' leadership, the CSU-Pueblo defense played in big part in the 2014 national title. Coach Hughes' squad finished first in the nation in:
- points allowed - 12.8
- defensive touchdowns - 7
- turnovers gained - 43
- interceptions - 29
In fact, the defense has finished in the top 25 nationally in points allowed for seven consecutive years (2009-14), including first in the nation in 2014 and 2011. This DVD offers a look at how they do it year-after-year. Coach Hughes takes you through his drill package for attacking linebacker play and uses game footage to illustrate the key concepts used in the Thunder Wolves' 3-4 Defensive Package.
Listen in as Coach Hughes provides teaching points for turning your linebackers into "heat seeking missiles." His instruction covers:
- Four types of pursuit and proper keys for linebacker play in the 3-4 defense
- Eight everyday drills that teach proper footwork and taking-on and coming-off of blocks
- Open field and goal line tackling drills that force players to be physical and use correct technique
- Tips on how to "play fast" and attack the line of scrimmage through any "open windows" that may appear
Coach Hughes explains