Defensive Line Play

In this instructional coaching video, seasoned veteran John Levra uses knowledge of the game garnered through his many years of coaching experience to demonstrate how a defense that is on point can destroy the confidence of the opposing team's quarterback. Defensive Line Play is a straightforward, goal oriented resource for learning how to craft a relentless and intimidating defense.

Featuring four different coaching programs, this coaching course is an invaluable instructional tool for defensive line coaches.

Topics covered include:

Pass-Rush Fundamentals and Techniques
Pass-Rush Drills
Pass-Rush Games and Stunts
Teaching Pass-Rush Fundamentals, Techniques, and Drills Without Equipment
Teaching Run Defense Fundamentals, Techniques, and Drills Without Equipment

Part 1: Pass Rush Fundamentals and Techniques
1 Intro
2 The Important Qualities of Pass Rushers
3 Give Young Players a Chance to Rush
4 Important Fundamentals of a Pass Rusher
5 Outside Hand Down / Outside Foot Back In Action
6 Never Let Your Feet Stop Moving in Action
7 Stutter Technique
8 Swim Technique
9 Counter Technique
10 Spin Technique
11 Always Keep Eleven Guys Playing Defense
12 Pass Rush Drills
13 Agility Drills
14 Footwork Drills
15 Draw & Screen Drills
16 Running the Hoops
17 Running the Hoops - Game Film
18 Swim Drill
19 Swim Drill - Game Film
20 The Rip Drill
21 The Rip Drill - Game Film
22 Jab 'o Lay or Counter Drill
23 Jab 'o Lay or Counter Drill - Game Film
24 The Spin Move Drill
25 The Spin Move Drill - Game Film
26 The Gauntlet Drill
27 Player to Player Drills
28 Player to Player Drills - Game Film
Part 2: Pass Rush Games & Stunts
29 Getting in the Gap
30 The T-E Game
31 The T-E Game in Action
32 The E-T Game
33 The E-T Game in Action
34 The Tackle Tackle or Tom Game
35 The Tom Game in Action
36 4 Man Rushes
37 The Double T-E in Action
38 The E-T / T-E in Action
39 3 Man Rushes
Part 3: Teaching Pass Rush Fundamentals, Techniques & Drills Without Equipment
40 Intro
41 Shuffle Drill: Reach
42 Shuffle Game Examples
43 Point Toe Drill: Tight to Blocker
44 Point Toe Game Examples
45 Flip Hips Drill: Getting to the Edge
46 Flip Hips Game Examples
47 Hands Drill: Over & Back
48 Hands Drill: 5 Yards Continuous
49 Hands Drill Game Examples
50 Lock-Up Drill: One Arm by the Blocker
51 Lock Up: Two Arms - Shuffle Spin
52 Spin Move Game Examples
53 Butt-Bull: One Arm Longer Turn Pads
54 Butt-Bull - One Arm Game Examples
55 Out of Stance: Counter Move
56 Counter Move Game Examples
57 Read the Set
58 Draw & Screen Drill
59 Catch Up Drill
60 Take Off Corner Dip Accelerate Through QB
61 Mirror Drill: Hands & Feet
62 Variety of Good Rushes Game Examples
63 Conclusion
Part 4: Teaching Run Defense Fundamentals, Techniques, and Drills Without Equipment
64 Intro
65 Take Off Drill
66 One on One Blocking Drill
67 Two on One Drills
68 Double Team Drills
69 Reading Blocking Schemes
70 Stunt: Slant Charge & Change of Direction Drill
71 Lockout Separate & Form Tackle
72 Run or Pass Read Drill
73 Conclusion

JohnLevra John Levra Former defense line coach for the Buffalo Bills

John Levra retired from coaching after serving for 44 years in the profession. He finished his career as the defense line coach for the Buffalo Bills (five years). He served in the same position with the Minnesota Vikings for three years. For two years at the Denver Broncos, he was the offensive line coach. Prior to that experience, he coached the defensive line for the Chicago Bears for seven years. His first NFL position was as the running backs coach for the New Orleans Saints (five years). In 1980, he was the defensive line coach for the British Columbia Lions of the CFL. In his 15 years as a defensive line coach, his units averaged 46 sacks a season. John spent seven years as a high school coach in Kansas before his college coaching career began at New Mexico Highlands as an assistant in 1966. He then became the Cowboys’ head coach (1967–70) and posted the best coaching record (35-4-1) in school history. He was named the athletic director and head football coach at Stephen F. Austin University in 1971, where he established the second-best winning percentage in the school’s history. In 1974, he moved to the University of Kansas, where he served as the Jayhawk’s offensive coordinator for four seasons. He then accepted the same position at North Texas State for one season (1979). John is a graduate of Pittsburg (KS) State, where he earned All-Central Intercollegiate Conference honors as a guard/linebacker. John is widely respected as one of the most outstanding “teachers” in the coaching profession. He is a much sought-after clinic speaker and has produced three best-selling instructional videos: Pass Rush Fundamentals and Techniques, Pass Rush Games and Stunts, and Pass Rush Drills.

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