Defensive Line Three on One Read Drills


The purpose of these Defensive Line Three on One Read Drills is to work on and automate the correct reaction to the different blocking schemes of the offense. The 3-on-1 Read Drills work especially on the correct reaction to combination blocks, and also give the defensive line a better understanding about what will happen around them…

Description & Coaching Points

  1. 3 Offenisive Linemen line up at a given line
  2. Defensive Lineman lines up in his stance on the man in the middle
  3. Coach signals blocking scheme to the offensive line.
  4. On command Center snaps or snap will be simulated and the offensive line runs their “play”/scheme.
  5. Defensive Lineman reacts according to his rules.


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These Defensive Line Three on One Read Drills are contributed by ©2007 Leon Criner (✝️ Nov. 14, 2014), at the time Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator and Jimmy Sims, at the time Assistant Professor of Health & Physical Education / Head Football Coach at Los Angeles Valley College – The Los Angeles Valley College Monarchs played then in the Western States Conference, now in the SCFA, Southern California Football Association.