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April 2008

April 2008


Boise State\'s Defensive Line - Teaching Progression

by: Pete Kwiatkowski
Defensive Line Coach, Boise State
© April 2008

At Boise State, we break down our teaching progression for the defensive line into three distinct areas: knowledge, fundamentals and effort. Knowledge consists of stance, alignment and assignment. Knowledge is a mental emphasis that will be covered in meetings and players will process it pre-snap. Fundamentals include keys, get off, block protection, footwork, block releases, escape and pass rush. In this article I will concentrate on general knowledge, get offs and block protection and effort.

There are two keys:
1. MAN KEY
2. BALL KEY

Keys are a critical fundamental for D-linemen. We have to train our eyes to be disciplined so we can react and explode decisively.

• We cannot react to what we don’t see.
• We cannot hit what we don’t see.
• Do not let your eyes wan....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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