3 POINT STANCE AND START – DEFENSIVE LINE TECHNIQUE – AMERICAN FOOTBALL


(bell ringing)
(lion roaring)
– [Narrator] It ain’t football,
if you don’t get knocked down.
But it ain’t winning, if
you don’t get back up.
Get up, big dog.
Even when I lose, I win.
What is it about your game
that you didn’t see?
If your dog house is a little rocky,
check the foundation.
I promise you, you’ll find the problem.
Man, we going back to fundamentals.
Let’s go to work.
Coaching point number one.
Heel-to-toe ratio.
You can’t be a dog,
if you don’t know how to get
on your threes and fours.
It starts in your stance, big dog.
For starters, you want heel-to-toe ratio.
That back toe needs to be
aligned with the front heel.
Now, if you’re taller or shorter,
that’s gonna adjust a little,
but that’s your foundation,
heel-to-toe ratio.
Right here, you see,
I’m using the white line
on the football field to help me determine
where my back foot should go.
Now, that’s the depth of your stance.
Let’s talk about the width.
Coaching point number two.
Under-stand.
You have to stand under yourself.
Your feet have to be under your hips,
so that you can drive ’em.
That’s where your power gonna come from.
Once you set your feet,
you should be able to point down,
directly at your toes,
either right on top of your toes,
or inside your big toe.
That’s how you know you
got pretty good width.
Coaching point number
three, hand placement.
Where your hands are placed,
and how they’re placed,
is really important.
You can have your index
and thumb horizontal,
which is parallel to the line,
or you can have your index
and thumb vertical.
I prefer my index and thumb horizontal,
so that I can punch off the
line a little bit better,
but honestly, big dog, that’s
just personal preference.
Now that we talked about
how, let’s talk about where.
Where is my hand placed?
My hand determines my weight distribution.
The further my hand is
away from my front foot,
the heavier my stance is.
The closer my hand is to my front foot,
the lighter my stance is.
Both of those stances
have their advantages,
and mostly, that all depends on your role
and responsibility in the defense.
What you talking about, big dog?
Well, what I’m saying is,
if you are more of a read
and reactive for the tackle,
you probably want lighter stance,
because light stance make quick hands.
But if you’re more of a strike
and attack defensive tackle,
then you want heavier
hands, so you can explode
out your hips and penetrate the offense.
So, what’s it gonna be, big dog?
Read and react, or strike and attack?
This is really important,
and another great coaching point.
You have to make sure your down hand
is in line with your back foot.
I call it vertical alignment.
Notice I’m using this
blue line to make sure
that my hand placement
is in the right place.
Again, this is really important
to weight distribution.
If my front hand or my
down hand is too far in
or outside of my back
foot, it’s gonna shift me
right or left,
and I’m not gonna have
a balanced power stance.
(hip hop beat)
Coaching point number four, hip placement.
Big dog, this is important.
If you don’t get the hip placement right,
you’ll never be able to
maximize your first step.
There won’t be any power
in your first step,
’cause you ain’t going nowhere.
You want your hips
slightly above your head,
so that you can power
out, and into his chest,
or his half.
‘Kay, big dog, let’s put it together.
So, right here, I’m using the vertical
and the horizontal line to check my feet
and hand placement.
Want to make sure everything’s in place,
so I can maximize each step.
Now, every dog has his own stance.
You gotta find yours.
Sometimes, you may have
to adjust your front hand,
and your back foot, depending on where
you feel most comfortable,
and ready to explode.
Everybody’s stance is not the same,
but at least, this is where you start,
’cause it starts in your stance, big dog.
Big dog, you have to master your stance.
It’s important.
Your stance determines
the rest of your steps.
If your stance is not right,
then neither will the
rest of your steps be,
and you won’t get to
where you’re trying to go,
right, big dog?
(dog barking)
Now, you know we not through.
This was Stance and Start Part One.
Big dog, stay tuned, for part two.
Let’s go to work.

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