Defensive Line Hit Progression Drills

Defensive Line Hit Progression Drill - Overview

Defensive Line Hit Progression Drill
Overview

Purpose

These Defensive Line Hit Progression Drills help to teach and work on taking on the contact correctly with full body control.

Description & Coaching Points

  1. Coach holds football on ground
  2. Defensive Linemen on knees and toes, hands in crotch, sitting on heels.
  3. Coach “snaps” the football
  4. Defensive Lineman gets off on snap, hand shiver pad
  5. Throws hips, arch back, head up!
  6. Hips should be end up on sled pad
  7. Knees should come off the ground
  8. Go three times

Hit, Hit, Hit

  1. Stay in hit position, cannot stand up
  2. Shiver sled pad using hands and arms only
  3. Take three good shots with locked elbows
  4. Don’t take a step
Hit Progression Drills - Hit-Hit-Hit

Hit Progression Drills
Hit-Hit-Hit

Step and Lockout

  1. Same as Hit, Hit, Hit but with a six inch step
  2. Strike the pad with locked elbows
  3. Hands and foot hit at the same time
  4. Don’t stand up, take three shots
Hit Progression Drills - Step and Lockout

Hit Progression Drills
Step and Lockout

Lockout, Hip extension

  1. Sit on heels with toes under you.
  2. Arms relaxed hands in crotch
  3. Strike pad and extend your hips to pad
  4. Force should bring knees off the ground.
Hit Progression Drills - Lockout Hip Extension

Hit Progression Drills
Lockout Hip Extension

Fire out with feet back

  1. Fire out from a good stance
  2. Leave feet back in starting position
  3. Face on pad and lockout arms
  4. Force will cause you to land on belly
Hit Progression Drills - Fire Out with Feet Back

Hit Progression Drills
Fire Out with Feet Back

Fire out and snap feet

  1. From a good stance fire out into pad
  2. At the same time you lockout, snap feet under you
  3. Don’t move sled
  4. You should end up in a good hit position
Hit Progression Drills - Fire Out and Snap Feet

Hit Progression Drills
Fire Out and Snap Feet

Fire out and snap feet, chop feet

  1. From a good stance, fire out and lock out
  2. Simultaneously snap and “chop” your feet in place
  3. Don’t drive sled, stay in hit position
  4. Keep feet moving until “Break”
Hit Progression Drills - Fire Out, Snap and Chop Feet

Hit Progression Drills
Fire Out, Snap and Chop Feet

Fire out and snap feet, drive sled

  1. Fire out and lock out
  2. Simultaneously snap your feet under you
  3. Without stopping your feet, drive the sled
  4. Drive sled until “Break”
Hit Progression Drills - Fire Out, Snap Feet and Drive Sled

Hit Progression Drills
Fire Out, Snap Feet and Drive Sled

Equipment

  • Football
  • Blocking Sled

These Defensive Line Hit Progression Drills are contributed by ©2007 Leon Criner, Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator and Jimmy Sims, Assistant Professor of Health & Physical Education / Head Football Coach at Los Angeles Valley College – The Los Angeles Valley College Monarchs play in the Western States Conference (COA).