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January 2009

January 2009


The Drills Report: Delaware’s Defensive Line Hip Emphasis Drills

by: Phil Petite
Defensive Line Coach, University of Delaware
© January 2009

As defensive line coaches, we all know the importance of developing strength, power, quick feet, active hands, and a relentless desire to get to the football.

What I also add to that list is the development of the hips in relation to movements necessary to play defensive line.

We work year-round on the strength, power and flexibility of the hips. Our training staff and strength & conditioning coaches work year-round improving this area and I incorporate drills that I feel are important to hip development.

In the off-season and during the winter workouts we work hip development drills:

Drill #1: Lateral step-over with a hip-flip (See Diagram 1)
• You will need four agile bags for this drill.
• Start in a good football bent-knee position.
• On the coach’s signal, do a lateral st....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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