Football Pass Rush
defense is only as good as the pass rush. If the defensive front allows
the quarterback to much time, the quarterback will pick the coverage
apart. It's important that the rush puts pressure on the quarterback
to force the quarterback to keep moving his feet or throw the ball
early. A good pass rush will give your defense opportunities to bat
the ball down, hit the quarterback as he is throwing or even sacking
The most important factor on successful pass rush is the take-off.
From the moment of movement, the defender must close the distance
between himself and the blocker as quickly as possible, so the blocker
has little time to set up and prepare for the move.
The defender must know prior to the snap where he wants to aim and
at what points he wants to take a blocker on. The defender should
punch into the offensive lineman, forcing him to retreat from the
line of scrimmage as quickly as possible. The defensive lineman should
work to get their hands and arms fully extended to gain and maintain
seperation from the blocker.
The defensive lineman should have a plan to execute when he reaches
the target point. The plan should be based on the following factors:
ability and best moves
moves he has executed before.
blockers strengths and weaknesses.
physical advantages over the blocker, such as speed, strength and
The defender should always have a counter move ready in case the blocker
picks up the initial move. One of the key points is that the defensive
lineman must be moving upfield at all times. The defensive lineman should
never come to a stop, or make a lateral or stationary move. The second
effort is the difference between success and failure with the pass rush.
It is important that the defenders remain in their pass rush lanes when
rushing the quarterback. If a defensive lineman gets out of his lane,
it opens a "window" for the quarterback to look downfield
and could lead to losing containment on the quarterback. With a base
four-man rush, teach your outside ends to rush with contan responsibilities
to the shoulder of the quarterback. The two inside tackles have inside
rush responsibility aiming for the near number of the quarterback. As
the quarterback moves out of the pocket, the defenders should keep the
same target on the quarterback to help constrict the pocket and keep
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