Defensive Lineman have probably the most physically demanding position on the field. They must be big and strong enough to stop the run as well as agile and fast enough to rush the passer. You’ll often hear the expression that the best defensive linemen have a ‘great motor,’ in other words, they are physically fit, mean, nasty, and relentless! They must also understand their roll within a defensive scheme as it often calls for protecting a gap and taking on two offensive lineman in order to free up a linebacker to make a play.
Coaches, we’ve all heard the proverbial phrase “defense wins championships” many times. This is true in just about every sport at every level but I would like to take that one step further when referencing the sport of football by specifying that “defensive lines win championships”. The 2012 Superbowl between the Giants and Patriots is an example of that and when I had friends ask me who I thought would win the game I didn’t even hesitate to say the Giants.