[quote]Agressive Napkin wrote:
Sorry your thread got hijacked…
I played d-end from pee-wee to D1. The best thing is explosiveness off the line, driving strength, quick feet and pressing.
Work on sled pushes and drags for you explosiveness and drive. Also front squats, as your opponent is in front of you, it’s a different kind of leg strength. Do a lot of footwork (changing directions, moving your feet as quickly as possible). As far as pressing goes, you will never be pushing an o-line guy straight. The best crossover is incline bench as far as coming off the line goes, but flat press does have it’s place, just not as big. Deads and cleans are also crucial, as the core strength and posterior chain strength they provide will crossover in more ways than can be counted.
Furthermore, strength and numbers don’t mean shit if you don’t have a killer’s attitude between the lines. Agression can mask a lot of weakness. Good luck!
What he said, especially about the aggression. An aggressive, relentless player who is fast off the ball makes for a hell of a d-lineman. As a former (mostly offensive) lineman, it seems that those three lead to the majority of sacks.
Run stopping is more about following your rules and maintaining gap assignments, but the ability to relentlessly follow the play and be explosive will get you far.[/quote]
Agreed especially those last couple sentences. You gotta be aggressive Im talking mad dog mean is crucial to playing on the line. You can play mean but not dirty in my opinion… We had this guy that was a buck 80 and man he would get over guys that were 250 by driving, getting low, using quick short steps and just being aggressive, and getting off the line fast and being RELENTLESS! Had he been bigger he could have probably made it to college ball without a doubt…