The Defensive Line – Heart of the “D” Five “Musts” of the Defensive Line Must Have a Great Stance & Get Off Must Hit his Visual Key on Every Single SnapMust Be Committed to Being the Hardest Workers on the Field Must Be Relentless in Pursuing the BallMust Have a Selfless Attitude – No “ME” Players
Splitter Defensive Line Technique One Gap Technique – Play Fast Pre-Snap Alignment & Three Point Stance Regular Stance Jet Stance Feet Slightly wider than shoulder width. “Man” foot Narrow feet to sprinter’s stance. staggered toe to heel relationship. “Gap” foot staggered and more narrow than regular stance. Hands Down hand to the covered offensive lineman Bring off hand back & up for (“Man” Hand). Be equal in right handed and sprint take off left handed stances. Off hand low and cocked for punch. Eyes Look through your eyebrows at the shaded Eyes to ball – Get off on the first shoulder of your visual key. See the ball in twitch your peripheral vision to the inside, or the O/S hand or leg of OT. Never Jump Offside! Body Flat back. Good angles in knees for explosive Butt up & weight forward. Position get off. Weight slightly forward on down hand. Get Off the Ball Regular Stance Jet Stance First Step Explode with six inch power step into covered man. Explode up the field with gap foot. Sprint for back foot of OL. Hands Shoot & fit hands to near number of offensive Shoot hands to gap side lineman. Must strike offensive lineman on every number. Think pass, react snap. Thumbs up. Aim for breastplate of shoulder to run. pads and grab cloth. Lockout arms. Eyes Eyes to numbers of visual key. Keep head under the See pass rush technique. chin of the offensive lineman. Second & Get second step on the ground as quickly as possible. Work pass rush move, or Third Step Stay square on second step and keep solid base bend to ball. Retrace your (shoulder width). DL should identify block by third steps against screen or step and work release. draw.“SPARK” StepOn any dog, blitz, or movement, the DL must execute a lateral step to the proper gap. To “Spark” properly, theDL must take a tight alignment, keep his shoulders square, and get his head across the OL.
Gaps D C B A A B C D Techniques 0 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 S S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Base Alignment – Eye to Eye alignment to the side of the shade. Wide Alignment – Foot to Foot alignment to the side of the shade. Jet Alignment – Entire alignment is outside the framework of the lineman’s body. One Technique Alignment: Inside OG Visual Key: Guard Pressure Key: Center Run Action To: A Gap Run Action Away: Ball Depth Pass Rush Lane: A Gap Three Technique Alignment: Outside OG Visual Key: Guard Pressure Key: Tackle Run Action To: B Gap Run Action Away: Ball Depth Pass Rush Lane: A/B Gap Six Technique Alignment: Outside OT Visual Key: Tackle Pressure Key: TE/Near Back/Guard Run Action To: C Gap Run Action Away: Ball Depth Pass Rush Lane: Contain
Seven Technique Alignment: Inside TE Visual Key: Near Back/Guard Pressure Key: Tight End Run Action To: C Gap Run Action Away: Ball Depth Pass Rush Lane: Contain Nine Technique Alignment: Outside TE Visual Key: TE Pressure Key: Near Back/Guard Run Action To: D Gap Run Action Away: Ball Depth Pass Rush Lane: Contain Shade TechniqueAlignment: Outside CVisual Key: CenterPressure Key: GuardRun Action To: A GapRun Action Away: Ball DepthPass Rush Lane: A Gap Zero Technique Alignment: Head Up Center Visual Key: Center Pressure Key: Guards Run Action To: Backdoor Run Action Away: Ball Depth Pass Rush Lane: Either A Gap
Tilt Technique Alignment: 45° Angle on Center Visual Key: Center Pressure Key: Guard Run Action To: A Gap Run Action Away: Ball Depth Pass Rush Lane: A GapCommunication CallsDefensive linemen can identify many things from the stance or alignment of an offensive lineman. Our calls willcommunicate offensive tendencies to the rest of the defense. Red Heavy run stance by an offensive lineman. Blue Soft pass stance by an offensive lineman. Black Wide splits for inside run. White Tight splits for outside run.Release MovesPull Release Fit hands & lock out arms. Execute a hard, violent pull away from gap responsibility. Clear hips & feet through to gap.Rip Release Fit hands & lock out arms. Push gap hand up the field, and pull off arm hard and low. Clear hips & feet, and drive rip arm to the back of the blocker.Swim Fit hands & lock out arms. Push gap hand up the field, and pull at back of blocker’s jersey. PunchRelease with off hand over the shoulder of blocker. Clear hips & feet, and drive swim arm to the back of the blocker.Patch Used from a defeated position, when the DL has lost gap integrity. Lock out your arms, throw hipsTechnique across body of OL, and rip backside arm to escape. Visual Key Pressure Key A defensive lineman’s “Visual Key” is the A defensive lineman’s “Pressure Key” is offensive player who he looks at on the the offensive player who can most quickly snap of the ball. This key will tell him affect him. While he does not look at this where the play is headed, and he will react key, he must react by “fighting pressure” to that key on the fly. when this key attempts to block him.
Block Protection Get Off the Ball & Knock the Blocker Back Base Fit Hands to Gap Side Number Block Show Color in Your Gap – Can’t be Reached! Third Step Release Move Flatten & Chase Get Off the Ball & Knock the Blocker Back Double Fit Hands to Gap Side Number Team Attack Seam – Whip the Post Man Sit & Grab Grass if Giving Ground Get Off the Ball Fit Hands to Gap Side Number Zone Play like Base Block Reach Disengage from Blocker when Ball Declares Squeeze Gap & Do not get Over Stretched in Gap Get Off the Ball Fit Hands to Gap Side Number Down Fight pressure from O/S OL Block If OL has head across your hips, club and go over the block If OL does not, flatten and chase underneath the block Get Off the Ball Fit Hands to Gap Side Number Pull Bend and chase the puller to the play (Crossor Wide) Get Off the Ball Fit Hands to Gap Side Number Veer/
Trap Drive OL down the line Find trapper or kick out back – Wrong arm Block & “Trap the Trapper” If Veer – Get head across & tackle the dive back Get Off the Ball Fit Hands to Gap Side Number Loop/ If OL loops & does not attempt to blockInfluence you – Smell a rat! Get eyes back I/S & do your best if you see Block trap Do not widen hole & do not run up the field
To be a great pass rusher... Always Rush ½ the Man! Get off the ball on every play. Don’t Quit – You never know when the sack is coming. 4 yds. 4 yds. Contain Rushers aim for Keep your weight forward & keep back number of QB your feet moving forward. Have one move & one counter move that are perfected – have a 2 yds. plan! Versus Double Team – Know the game situation. Interior Rushers must push Spin or club back if you get for 2 yards in front of QB deeper than the ball. Play with confidence – They can’t block you! Basic Pass Rush Lanes & Assignments Position End Nose Tackle Stud Lane Contain Rusher A Gap Two Gap Rusher Contain Rusher Squeeze Pocket Push Pocket Push Pocket Squeeze Pocket Pre-Snap Get off the ball. Get off the ball. Expect Get off the ball. Work Get off the ball. Plan If OT pass sets – race double team. Try to get 2 best side of OG – Can If OT pass sets – race to aiming point 4 yards deep vs. two rush in A Gap or B to aiming point 4 yards behind his inside linemen. Make Bull Rush Gap. Make Bull Rush yards behind his inside foot. Work move or Club & Rip your best or Club & Rip your best foot. Work move when you get there. move. move. when you get there. Musts Not allow QB to get Not allow QB out the Not allow QB out the Not allow QB to get outside. front of the pocket. front of the pocket. outside. Feel screen. Retrace Feel screen. Feel screen. Feel screen. Retrace your steps if you are Must not run past QB. Must not run past QB. your steps if you are fooled on draw. fooled on draw. When Sack the quarterback – No Misses! You Get Contain rushers must use back number as their aiming point on the QB. There Tackle high and wrap arms of the QB – don’t let him get off a pressured throw. Attacking from front side of QB – punch through the ball on the way to wrap. Attacking from the backside of QB – strike down and through throwing arm on the way to wrap. If You Hands high & time the ball to bat down the pass. Don’t leave your feet. Don’t
Pass Rush MovesBull Rush Get off the ball Fit hands to gap side number Used versus overset by OL Drive through outside number of OL Try to drive the OL into the QB Club & Get off the ball Fit hands to gap side number Swim Club OL hands with O/S arm Punch I/S arm over and drive through back number Clear hips through and accelerate to the QB Club & Get off the ball Fit hands to gap side number Rip Club OL hands with O/S arm Lower I/S shoulder and rip arm underneath OL Pry hips through and accelerate to the QB Chop & Get off the ball Fit hands to gap side number Pull Chop down with I/S arm across OL hands(Windmill) Grab at pull back shoulder of OL with O/S arm violently to turn his shoulders Swim with I/S arm to pry past OL & accelerate to the QBPush-Pull Get off the ball Fit hands to gap side number Execute Bull Rush to force OL to drive shoulders forward Grab jersey at both shoulders and violently pull OL down & away from gap Clear hips & accelerate to the QB Counter Get off the ball Fit hands to gap side number Spin Attack O/S shoulder of OL with speed Lower body (sit down) and spin back to the I/S Drive O/S elbow to back of OL to clear hips & accelerate to QB Counter Get off the ball Fit hands to gap side number Club Attack O/S shoulder of OL with speed Club OL hands with I/S arm & rip/swim O/S arm & clear hips & accelerate to the QB