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Rock-Solid Run-Key Techniques For Defensive Tackles

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© October, 2005

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

THE SAN DIEGO CHARGERS run a very aggressive “attack-and-read-on-the-run style” of defense.
Our defensive linemen are constantly told to knock their man back off the ball and not to run laterally and create running lanes for cut-back runners.

DL should have a basic knowledge of opponents down-and-distance tendencies, different backfield sets and blocking schemes for each set prior to the snap of the ball.

To effectively stop an opponent’s running game, you must teach your defensive linemen the following run-stop techniques.

-    Stay Balanced. The DL should line up with his feet well underneath him so that he’s ready to fight pressure from any direction.
-    Focus On The Man Closest To You. DL must always concentrate on the opponent nearest to him, as he is the man who ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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