Turnovers on defense are primarily created by pressure. Whether the pressure reaches the quarterback and forces a fumble, or a hasty pass is picked off down the field, turnovers happen when the blitz is dialed.
Today, defensive line coach Jacob Burney worked specifically with linemen, safeties, and cornerbacks on how to blitz effectively, get to the quarterback, and strip the ball. Linebackers (not shown) were working on the same drill with linebacker’s coach Lou Spanos.
First up are the big boys on the defensive line:
You have to love Burney’s enthusiasm with the sound effects. Based on the sound of his “Boom!’s” for Jarvis Jenkins and Barry Cofield, these two excelled at wrapping up the dummy and stripping the ball in this drill.
Next up were the cornerbacks:
Kevin Barnes got the first sack of the preseason for the Redskins on Friday. Corner blitzes aren’t easy to disguise, but No. 22 has a nose for the football and has a knack for rushing the passer.
With so much going on, I was only able to capture safety Davonte Shannon blitzing, but his was a good one:
By my estimation, that ball got launched about 15 yards out of the dummy quarterback “arm.”
I don’t think the tuck rule applies here.
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