Principles of an Attacking Defensive Line

Kirby Cannon

Head Coach, University of Missouri-Rolla

Independent Football Alliance 2005 Coach of the Year
UMR Team Clinic


Defensive Line Philosophy


I. Toughness. We need to play when we are bumped and bruised. Physically and mentally we must go all out on every play, no matter how exhausted we are.

Toughness does not just happen on game day. Toughness is developed and improved every day.

Compete every day of your life. The harder you work, the tougher you become.


II. Responsibility. We have a gap responsibility to fulfill on every call. We must fulfill that responsibility using great technique on every snap.

The defense will not succeed if that does not happen. Consistency is the true measure of performance. ... To read this article, and for full access to all CLN resources, get your MEMBERSHIP NOW.