Teach your D-Line how to use the scientific method to improve their pass rush production

Teach your D-Line how to use the scientific method to improve their pass rush production

Coach,

A few weeks ago in our Coach Excellence Series I introduced you to former CFL pass rush specialist Craig Roh who shared his Get2X formula in calculating a rush path.  He passed along some more knowledge on pass rush and huge savings to you.  Here’s a note from Craig. 

Hey everyone,

I’m Craig Roh, 8-year NFL/CFL pro and creator of The Pass Rush Bible. Below I’ve included one of my favorite chapters from The Pass Rush Bible (Rush-measure-learn) so you can teach your D-Line how to use the scientific method to improve their pass rush production. 

Also, to get the new year started right, you can use code (pass rush) to get a 50% discount on all Pass Rush Bible packages till Jan 1.  Enjoy!

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Rush-measure-learn

Many of you may not know this, but pass rushing is very similar to science.

In the scientific method you create an experiment, measure the results, and then learn from the data.

This method has led to history changing discoveries like penicillin, gravity and X-rays. 

 And this same method can help you discover how to disrupt an entire offense. I’ll explain… 

 When you’re creating your rush plan you’re building a hypothesis (an educated guess) about how to defeat your opponent.

Then, as you’re executing your rush plan (experimenting) you will collect data on whether your rush has worked or not. 

And ultimately you will need to “learn” from each rush and decide whether to adapt your plan or keep doing the same thing. So as you’re rushing, you’ll go through multiple rush, measure, learn experiments just like a scientist.

A real life experiment

Let’s take a look at #50 Michael Dwumfour. He does a great job of experimenting with different rushes and adjusts his game plan based on feedback. 

 For his first rush he executes a side scissors (edge rush); however, because the QB sets up at 5 yards he rushes too far up the field to affect him.

So his first rush experiment looked like this…

Rush: Side scissors 

Measure: Too far up the field 

Learn: Use power and inside rushes

In the next 3rd and long situation he could have very easily chosen to use another edge rush, but because he knew the QB was shallow he decided to test out a power rush.

This test went a little different. The power rush put him in a great position to stay in front of the QB and get the sack. 

Let’s review what Mike went through. In his first experiment he used a side scissors, but rushed too far upfield to get the sack.

Experiment #1 

Rush: Side scissors 

 Measure: Too far up the field 

Learn: Use power and inside rushes

So, knowing that the QB’s set point would be shallow next 3rd and long he decided to experiment with a power rush instead.

Experiment #2 

Rush: Power rush 

Measure: Sack lunch! 

Learn: Keep using power

And this resulted in getting a big time sack!

A final word

It can be frustrating to lose 1 on 1s, but think about it this way. 

You actually end up learning more from your failures than your successes. 

So put on your pass rush lab coat and get to experimenting and remember with the right scientific mindset every failure gets you closer to success.



Happy New Year! Craig Roh

Thanks again to Craig for giving the details you need to Double your hits, hurries, and sacks with the Pass Rush Bible:

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