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Effective Pass Rush Concepts for Defensive Linemen

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© June, 2010

by Corey Fillipovich
Defensive Line Coach • Heidelberg University

At Heidelberg University, one of our top defensive priorities is to stop the run. We believe that once you have forced an opponent into physical submission by stopping the run game, your defensive linemen will have the opportunity to rush the quarterback. Understand that rushing the quarterback is not all about getting sacks; it’s about pressures, hits on the QB and tipped balls - basically making the QB feel as uncomfortable as possible in the pocket. With that in mind, there are a few key concepts for our D-Line to remember and work on when rushing the passer.

   1. Down and Distance
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