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Drills For A Run-Stuffing Defensive Line

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© August, 2001

by Wayne Nunnely
Defensive Line Coach, San Diego Chargers, San Diego, Calif.

OVER THE PAST three seasons, the San Diego Chargers have been one of the best defenses at stopping the run.
In 2000, the Chargers were second only to the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens in allowing fewest yards per attempt, holding offenses to a measly 3.0 yard average. In 1998 and 1999 the Chargers lead the NFL in fewest yards per attempt with an average of 2.7 and 3.1 respectively.

To stop the run, your defensive front four must be disciplined, fundamentally sound and use good techniques to strike, separate and escape from blocks to make the play.

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