Category Archive: Coach Ron Cook

Jul 24

Training Season Game Plan

At the end of the 2015 season there were three things at the top of my list of improvements for my team’s overall physical performance: speed, explosiveness, and flexibility. Improving strength is always a priority, but not at the top of the list because I believe we have a great weight training program in place …

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Jun 02

Hands Drills For the D-line

DEFENSIVE LINE HANDS DRILLS   In this article I am going to focus on the multiple ways a defensive lineman can use his hands to defeat blockers. The drills that I am going to breakdown focus on teaching defensive linemen how to improve their hand speed, technique, and aggression when attacking an offensive lineman. With …

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May 13

Teaching Pass Rush Moves Fundamentally

What I am going to break down is nothing brand new and has probably been said or done over and over again in some form or fashion. The focus of this article is not so much on the specific pass rush moves I present, but more on the progression in which I teach them. I …

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Apr 04

The 6-Step Program To Becoming A Successful Defensive Lineman: S.O.P.

For this report I decided to write about how I teach defensive linemen to be technicians and to be fundamentally sound, so they can become the best players that they can be physically and mentally. On the first day of pre-season camp, I give the defensive line something I call the S.O.P. (standard operating procedure) …

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Oct 10

Fire 3 Zone Pressures Concept

Before we teach our players any of our pressures, we introduce them to the four rules of engagement, which are our standard blitz rules EVERY player on defense should know and understand. We also focus on teaching the rules and responsibilities of the coverage before teaching who will be blitzing and where. If the players …

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Sep 04

Slanting 3-4 Defense

Swarm, tackles, and takeaways is the specific type of defense we play. The 3-4 is just the way we choose to play it. My philosophy is to be able to get lined up quick, get the calls, and put pressure on the offense by being the aggressor. Our defense does not huddle and the front …

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Jul 28

21ST CENTURY MOTIVATION

  By Ron Cook, Defensive Coordinator Lumberton High School (NC) I am only going into my 12th season as a football coach on the college and high school levels, but since my first time on the field with a whistle to today I have noticed more than changes to the game. I have noticed a …

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