What is a Defensive Line Coach in Football?
The game of football is a complex one. There are many individual aspects that can significantly impact a game and many players to execute the different roles, which leads to many coaches who oversee those specific aspects and specific players. The Defensive Line Coach is one of several members of a coaching staff who works under the head coach supervision.
He deals specifically with defensive line players: Nose Tackles, Defensive Tackles, Defensive Ends, which are also known as the linemen. If you are not familiar with football positions yet, the defensive linemen are the players positioned on the line of scrimmage, right in front of the ball itself.
The defensive line is part of a bigger defensive system that the defensive coordinator oversees. The defensive coordinator is the one who oversees the defense, and so the defensive line coach works together with him. It is part of the defensive line coach's duties to make sure the defensive line executes the game plan set by the defensive coordinator. In addition to that, the defensive line coach trains the defensive linemen in very important skills for defensive line players such as pressuring the quarterback, reading rushing plays, controlling the gaps, rushing the pass, and stopping the runs.
Physical aspects of the defensive line are also emphasized by the defensive line coach. Things such as a quick first step, speed and agility when attacking the quarterback and escaping the offensive line are important, and players develop those with the defensive line coach's guidance.