At the University of Wisconsin-Stout, we base from the 4-2-5 defense. Here is our run-game progression for defensive linemen and several competition drills.
At Texas State, our multiple front defense and entire calling system was based on the alignment of the defensive linemen. Whether we based out of a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme, it is called the same. This is something we did since the late ’70s, and it has been expanded over the years as defensive football has evolved.
In a perfect world, there are enough gifted athletes that want to be a part of the football team that the team can have a different 11 players on each side of the ball. In the real world, that is rarely true. This is especially true with linemen.
To be successful in run defense, players must replicate technique and position fundamentals thousands of times to perfect various techniques against different run schemes. The following nine-point run progression is simple. Practice it daily.
Technique For Defensive Linemen, By George Small, Associate Head Coach & Defensive Line Coach, Florida A&M University – In our defense, each defensive lineman is asked to play three different shades on an offensive lineman. This allows the defense to present a number of different fronts to the offense without changing basic reactions to different blocking patterns or pass-rushing responsibilities.
At UW-Platteville, we play a 3-4/4-3 Hybrid Defense, meaning that we are able to play both looks without changing any personnel. Our fourth Defensive Lineman in our 4-3 Package becomes the Will Outside Linebacker in our 3-4 look. This hybrid defense offers us a lot of flexibility in terms of our play calling, while providing all of the benefits of both systems.