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March 2002

March 2002


Poetic Justice

The Poets of Whittier College Prepare Defensive Linemen Using Tendencies
by: Gifford Lindheim
Former Defensive Line Coach, Whittier College
© March 2002

My job as defensive line coach is to help my players attain our team goals, our defensive goals, and their individual goals. One of the ways I do this is by preparing them during the week for situations they may encounter during the game. On Saturdays, I do not want them thinking; I want them reacting. For this reason, I am very careful with respect to what I expose them to during the week. I try to keep it simple.

At Whittier College, we are not blessed with a myriad of technology at our disposal. In fact, most of our breakdowns are done by hand. We chart our opponents using every offensive play and filling out a form that defines down, distance, field position, formation,....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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