Austin Bryant activated, MP is happy about

“Something I think he’s doing a really good job of, especially for as much time he’s missed, I thought his pad level is really good,” Patricia said.
Take heart, fans. All is not lost.
Now, when he starts talking about “pounding the rock”, then, all will be lost.


Is his axe sharp?

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Maybe his oar to row the boat is sharp.


Warren Sapp had great pad level.

Learning how to stay low in football is the key to success in the line.


Every football player has heard a coach say this.

So why is that low man wins in football?

It’s all about leverage.

Players who can stay low will play with leverage.

Leverage allows players to take advantage of their lower body strength.

We often talk about teaching kids to be knee benders and not waist benders.

Waist benders have no power and therefore no leverage.

This is why we see smaller players sometimes dominate larger opponents because they play low and maintain leverage.

Let’s look at some things we can teach how to stay low in football.

How to Stay Low in Football

Start with a good stance.

Whether on offense or defense, we look for good bend in the knees and a stable, balanced stance.

Offensive linemen need to get there but down and play with a flat back.

We also want as much of their feet in the ground as possible and a minimal amount of weight on their down hand.

This allows the offensive lineman to release in any direction.

For defensive linemen, we look for more weight on their hand and their butt up a little.

This is a bit more of track stance to get off the ball and disrupt.

Of course, different offenses and defenses may want different approaches but this is a general rule.

Either way pad level coming off the ball has to be a huge factor in stance setup.

Build core strength.

Athleticism is based in the core.

Our definition of the core includes the hips up to just below the chest wrapping around the entire the body.

It’s not just abs!

The core includes not only the abdomen but the hips, obliques and lower back.

It also includes all the small stabilizing muscles around the spine.

Everyting in the core is not only essential for athletic ability but also injury prevention.

In order to play with low pad level the core needs to be very strong and stable.

Continually work on hip flexibility.

We discussed this recently but it cannot be emphasized enough.

While we consider hips to be a part of the core it requires extra attention.

Without the proper hip hinge and flexibility we cannot play low.

The hips are what allow us to bend properly at the knee while keeping a flat stable back.

This helps us to use our powerbase for leverage with form that keeps us healthy.

Repetition, Repetition, Repetition.

The way to play low is to train low and practice low.

Repetition is the only way we condition our bodies to play with good pad level.

How we train and maintain our flexibility every day of the off-season will have an effect on our pad level during the season.

Spending the time on stance, core strength and hip flexibility will determine our ability to play low.

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This is why I always liked the shorter guys like Jerry Ball types.

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How low can you go?!


When Dabo Sweeney was asked about his short DT Grady Jarrett he said “he walks off the bus with a leverage advantage.”


Yep, 6’ even. Aaron Donald, 6’1".

Baffled my mine how a guy like Calais Campbell could ever be as good as he was when he was so tall.
There’s positions that height helps and positions where it becomes more of a hinderance.


Height helps because of arm length, which matters more on the outside than the inside…but still matters. Warren Sapp was on the shorter side, but one of his favorite sayings was “long levers are strong levers.” He recognized the importance of arm length.

Aaron Donald is short and strong. But his arms are also a little longer than they should be at his height.

How can low pad level win when the bar is high?:sweat_smile:

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Because low pad level effortlessly glides under the expectations of a high bar

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Yep. Height can also help on the inside by making swim moves easier to execute. If you look for penetration, rather than leverage against the run.