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D-Backs: Playing with Low Pad LevelIowa State stresses The Importance of Pad Level and the Use of the Cage to help give their secondary power at the point of contact
by: Jeff Koonz
Secondary Coach, Iowa State University
© August 2007
One of the most important fundamental concepts that we stress in the secondary at Iowa State University is playing with low pad level. We believe as a staff that this improves the capabilities of our players in two ways. First, low pad level allows us to have phenomenal power when striking a ball carrier or when disengaging from a blocker. Second, it allows for quicker cuts and breaks, especially within the secondary.
I have had the opportunity to work with both the linebackers as well as the defensive backs in our system, and I believe that playing with low pad level is equally important to both positions. Some believe that taking players out of a comfort zone and forcing them to play low is counter productive. I believe that playing with low pad level is a teachable technique that can be made comfortable over time and has ext....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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