Developing a Devastating DLine Pass Rush Play List - Milton Patterson

The sack in football is one of the most important plays.  It can be demoralizing and intimidating to the offense.  It is one of the biggest boosts a defensive lineman can give to his team.

In the video below, Florida A&M Defensive Coordinator Milton Patterson takes us through some of the pre-snap reads he teaches to developing a rush menu, his teaching progression, the angles of approach, and a couple of his drills.

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Their goal defensively is to put constant, relentless pressure on the quarterback, forcing bad throws, forcing him to run (especially if he is not a runner), affecting the timing of his throws, and in general, destroying the passing attack.

Make the quarterback restless in the pocket!

Florida A&M wants their defensive front to take great pride and relentless commitment to get to the quarterback.

Their system is 3 steps and a bend.  

  • The approach: Jump out of your shoes. Controlled recklessness, confidence, and cleverness.
  • The move: Identify the set of the offensive lineman.  Use your hands/club... Grab cloth.  Be violent!
  • The finish: "Collect your pay." Refuse to be blocked.  Hunt down the quarterback.

They believe that becoming an effective pass rusher is one of the most important jobs of a defensive lineman.

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