Team Drills for Defensive Fundamentals
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. 2010.30 Drills for Building Defensive Line Fundamentals
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 (allowing just 88.2 yards per game). Incorporate them into your practice and dominate up front.
76 minutes. 2010.Reads & Coverages for Linebackers
with Greg Jackson, University of Michigan Assistant Coach/Secondary;
former University of Wisconsin Linebackers Coach;
former San Francisco 49ers Assistant Coach (secondary)
Get your linebackers in position to makes plays. Greg Jackson gives you a thorough breakdown of the fundamentals and responsibilities of the fill linebacker and nickel backers versus the run and pass.
Jackson covers the essentials your linebackers need to know to stop the run:
- Keys & reads
- Flow rules by the backs
- Run gap responsibility
Jackson explains each area and then takes you through game footage to illustrate these areas in a cover 3 run fit, cover 4 run fit, and cover 2 run fit.
Jackson provides terminology for his run fit system that will ensure your entire defense is on the same page.
Moving to pass progression, Jackson talks about the fill linebacker and nickel back's alignments and the zone philosophy. He stresses protecting windows in the zone coverage and knowing your drop zone. By getting into those zones, your linebackers will get the quarterback to hold the ball longer, giving your defense a big advantage. In addition, he talks of the importance of pattern recognition in regards to a split formation, smash routes, and the trips formations, giving you examples through game footage for cover 3, cover 2, and cover 4.
Jackson finishes by discussing the importance of teaching the linebackers to read the quarterbacks front shoulder to determine the level of the passing attack. Level 1 is the 3-step drop or quick passing attack and level 2 is the 5-step or horizontal passing attack. He takes you through a quarterback shoulder read diagram which helps linebackers determine the front shoulder angle to see what lanes the quarterback is looking to throw the ball. That, in turn, will allow your athletes to break quicker on the ball, which can lead to finding the interception point.
Using these key reads and progressions will help your linebackers learn their responsibilities, break quicker to the play and ultimately be in the best position to support your defense.
58 minutes. 2010.Tackling Fundamentals & Drills for Defensive Backs
with Chris Ash, University of Arkansas Defensive Coordinator;
former University of Wisconsin Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach
Limit big plays and missed tackles by improving your tackling fundamentals.
Coach Ash's five-part instruction focuses on the basics of being a great tackler: Eyes on the target, coming to balance, "shimmy" the feet, holster the hands, and club and wrap up.
Ash provides a detailed explanation of each of these areas and supports the teaching of these elements with drill footage. He shares over 15 drills to work on:
- Open field tackling
- Angle tackling
- Sideline tackling
- 2-on-1 tackling
These drills include objectives, cue words, and coaching points to maximize the benefit to you and your team.
The most important ingredient to being a great tackling team is having relentless team pursuit on every play. Great pursuit results in less space for the ball carrier to make cuts and it leads to more turnovers, as most of the balls recovered come from the player pursuing the play.
Ash takes you through his team pursuit drill for the run and pass that will create good pursuit angles, will prevent long runs and help keep your opponent off the scoreboard. This drill can also be used to set up blocking when there is a return on a turnover.
Tackling is an important ingredient to every defense and can be the key to winning and losing games. This DVD will give you the necessary fundamentals to teach proper tackling but also an array of drills to incorporate into your team defensive system.
45 minutes. 2010.
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