or young defensive linemen, it can be difficult to coordinate complex movements. That's where progressions are extremely helpful!
Progressions break down complex skills (like defeating a base block) into small, simple pieces that are each drilled separately. One that I think is especially helpful is Coach Dennis Johnson's explosion progression.
With it your D-Line can learn how to use their hips/core to explode into their man, lock out and throw off to make that play. That's why for this week's D-Line Examples I'll be breaking down his progression so your D-Line too can benefit!
The first drill in Coach Johnson's progression is the 6-point explosion. With it your D-Line can learn how to shoot out not up by using their hips to drive out now up.
Here's a few coaching points to make sure you execute this drill flawlessly...
- Start with finger tips & knees on the group with feet cocked under the heels
- Eyes should be keyed on the shoulder of the bag if shaded and the screws of the helmet if head up
- Engage the glutes to shoot out (not up) into the bag
- Shoot hands into the sternum and bicep if shaded or the armpits if head up
- Lockout out and peek into your gap (to locate the RB)
Now that your D-Line is comfortable shooting out (not up) from a 6-point, execute the same exact movement from a 3-point. This gets your D-Line one step closer to the full movement without having to incorporate steps.
Note: All coaching points from 6-point explosion (except #1) apply to this drill as well
This last piece of the puzzle is to tie the entire movement together in with a 3-point explosion. To execute it, explode with the hips & hands first and then follow with choppy 6 inch steps. Remember shoot out not up from this position, lock out, peak & shed.
Well that's it for today.
Hope you enjoyed it!
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