I am often asked my opinion on things that involve football. The questions range from how to find which player position best suits a child to who I think will win the Super Bowl, and pretty much everything in between. I have many thoughts on the game, on coaching, and on improving performance, so I am starting Passing Thoughts to share some of those thoughts. I welcome your comments and conversation. –KR

Friday, May 10, 2013

Think Football: Roundtable with the DLine Coaches

The Sanford POWER Football Academy is getting ready to kick off its Think Football summer with a series of position clinics, and two 7 on 7 tournaments. As we run our clinics this summer, we are asking some of our position coaches to share their perspectives on the game, training, and learning fundamental skills to play at each position. Our first clinic is the OLine/DLine Challenge Clinic, so we invited two of our Defensive Line coaches to share their thoughts.

Cory Johnsen is a local athlete from Aberdeen, SD, who went on to play in college at St. Cloud State University. He has been a dominant force at the Nose Guard position for many years with the Sioux Falls Storm. Cory coaches with RPF, and he has coached at Augustana College, working with their defensive line.

Rachman Crable brings college and pro-experience from many different levels. Rachman played D1 football at Ball State, then bounced around with NFL teams and Arena Football teams. He has played with the Sioux Falls Storm for five years. He has tremendous football ability and intelligence, and having Rachman playing is like having another coach on the field. Rachman coaches with RPF and also assisted Augustana's staff last year with the defensive line. Both coaches are well-loved and respected by the athletes they train at RPF!

What are the most important qualities in a defensive lineman?

Cory Johnsen
Rachman: Having a good attitude. Wanting to work hard and listening. Athletes display those by showing up ready to improve and work hard each session and by knowing their coaches only want the best for them.

Cory: Work Ethic! ‘Want To’! Toughness! Athletes display those by working their butt off during drills and practice, so during the game it comes easy and natural.

What advice would you give a young athlete who someday wants to play at your position?

Rachman: Pay attention to people playing your position, either on your team or another. Always be a willing learner and a resilient worker.

Cory: The key to being a successful defensive lineman is first, work ethic, then combine that with a good base set of DLine skills, and implement some special skills to complement the fundamentals, and you will have success!

Why should athletes come to the OLine/DLine Challenge Clinic?

Rachman Crable
Rachman: I feel it gives kids a great head start on bettering their skills and mentality. They will be getting great one-on-one coaching and interaction with trainers/coaches that have ‘been there and done that’ and want to see young athletes succeed.

Cory: Athletes should come to this clinic to learn the small key features and skills of being a defensive lineman. We will help athletes learn the key components to the position that a regular coach just does not have the time to implement.

Riggs Premier Football is offering the position clinics to give athletes the chance to do focused work on the fundamentals of every position. It is difficult during the regular season to do one-on-one work with athletes during regular practices, so the clinics will allow for specialized coaching and careful attention to fundamentals and skill development. It is a great opportunity for athletes to build their abilities and confidence before the season. Be sure to stay tuned for the next round of advice from our OLine coaches!

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