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The Drills Report: Defensive Line Drillsby: Malik Hall
Defensive Line Coach, Hofstra University
© July 2007
Here are the physical and mental characteristics we look for in defensive linemen as well as our philosophy of the D-Line attack:
Play with his hands.
React on the action.
Play with toughness.
Play the run first.
Attack at every snap of the ball.
Must be violent in the trenches.
Understands the role of a D-lineman.
Always plays at a high tempo but is under control.
In clutch situations, maintains techniques as well as discipline.
Must be an athlete.
Philosophy of Attack:
Stance: the arm is extended with a flat back and balanced weight.
Always pursue and crowd the football.
Get off on the football on its first movement.
Key the V of your opponents neck.
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