Teach Youth Football Defensive Linemen To “Feel” The Blocks
By FirstDown PlayBook on May 8, 2019

When you are coaching a very young defensive lineman  (9-10-11 years old) it can be hard to get the point across that there is more to the game than just chasing the football when the center snaps it. It’s just human nature that they will want to do that.

There’s a lot to be said for making sure that you do not coach that out of them because trust us when we say that there are NFL coaches in rookie mini-camps all over some rookies because they do not chase the ball hard enough.

The thing that you want to teach a young defensive lineman is to get off the ball when it is snapped and definitely look for a chance to penetrate the line of scrimmage but it’s also important to teach them how to “feel” what is happening to them.

When you call a defensive line stunt it can be great for getting your linemen heading in the direction that you want. However, it also minimizes the chance for penetration as they are required to move laterally at the line of scrimmage when the football is snapped.

Today’s video takes you through some very simple things to teach your youth defensive linemen as they are stunting one direction or the other. This will help them feel what the blocking scheme is and react even if the stunt is taking them in the wrong direction.

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