Stanford linebacker philosophy: Use angles and technique with violence
The best defensive minds in the game not only understand the X's and O's on the both sides of the ball, but they also fully understand the importance that proper technique and angles play in the overall success of their unit as well.
Stanford inside linebackers coach David Kotulski, or "coach Koto" as the players and coaches close to him call him, talks about his coaching philosophy here in this mic'd up session, and players weigh in on what coaching points Kotulski has driven home with their position group.
"As inside linebackers, our basic philosophy is understanding whether we're an inside or outside fit on the ball. We're going to let the defensive line be aggressive and physical, we talk about "knock-back" principles with those guys, and we're going to fit off of them."
"Don't be afraid to make mistakes," he adds later on in the clip. "We'll correct it and then once you learn when you can do it and how you can do it, then you can make better decisions."
There are some really good coaching points in here, including coach Koto explaining why he beleives in using softballs during one of his drills (which is something that we found especially interesting).