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The third installment of our Coaching Position Research Report series will focus on Defensive Line coaches using data gathered through our Self Scout Your Career survey, the largest football coaching research study ever completed. 



 

The third installment of our Coaching Position Research Report series will focus on Defensive Line coaches using data gathered through our Self Scout Your Career survey, the largest football coaching research study ever completed.

As we mentioned before, survey is still ongoing (if you or your staff hasn't taken it yet, check it out here), we wanted to share some of the insight that the surveys have unearthed. We also recognize that while many of you have already taken one survey from selfscoutyourcareer.com, you likely have not seen the results of the other 10 surveys. In addition to the Offensive Line Research Report you are currently reading, we will also be releasing our Offensive Line Research Report this week.

Here are a few of the highlights you will find in the graphs and questions contained in the Defensive Line Survey results below:

  • 65% of D Line coaches get more than 15 minutes per day to work in position individual with their players.
  • Over half of D Line coaches (51%) say they spend the largest part of their individual time focusing on Block Recognition / Block Destruction.
  • 59% of D Line coaches align their players based on using Strong Side and Weak Side scheme as opposed to right and left or field and boundary.
  • 45% of coaches vary the stagger of their defensive lineman's feet to fit their ability and strengths.

Check out each of those questions and their responses below and see how the information compares to the your team. As always, we would love to hear your thoughts on the data presented in this report. Please feel free to share your opinions and thoughts in the comments section below.

**Note: The data shown below is the current information from our ongoing study. It will likely change over time and as that happens, we will be sure to keep you apprised of the trends as they become apparent. Again, if you or your staff has not already participated, or if you want to just take a different survey (you can use the same email address without a problem) please CLICK HERE.

 

1. How much practice time are you given on a daily basis to work with your defensive line?

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2. Which element of defensive line play do you spend the most amount of time on during practice?

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3. Which kinds of structures do you use most frequently regarding your personnel in your front?

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4. What is your thought process as it pertains to the alignment of the defensive end to the three-man surface?

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5. As it pertains to stance, which kind of foot stagger do you find is most effective when instructing your defensive linemen?

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In addition to the questions above, Defensive Line coaches that completed the survey also provided interesting insight into the following topics:

  • Which element of defensive line play do you spend the least amount of time on during practice?
  • How often will you most commonly use your nose guard in odd fronts?
  • How much two-gapping techniques do you have your defensive line engage in?
  • As it pertains to stance, which kind of hand placement do you find is most effective when instructing your defensive lineman?
  • What do you teach your defensive lineman to key pre-snap? 
  • Which of the following is your preference when teaching a first level player (defensive lineman) to slant? 
  • Which of the following equipment do you feel is most productive when working with your defensive linemen?
  • Which of the following equipment do you feel is least productive when working with your defensive linemen?
  • Which of the following most resembles your methodology when teaching defensive lineman block destruction in the run game?
  • Which of the following most resembles your methodology when teaching defensive lineman block destruction in the pass game?
  • In your opinion, what is the most under-coached aspect of defensive line play?
  • Which of the following is the most important physical skill you can teach your defensive lineman to possess in order to be successful?

For access to this information, you can either click here to take the Defensive Line coaches survey and receive your own, instant results or you can log in to the Insiders.  

 

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