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About Lesson

Playing the 3 technique position in American football requires a combination of physical abilities, mental preparation, and technique. In this lesson, I will provide an overview of what the 3 technique is, what its responsibilities are, and some tips for playing the position effectively.

Overview of the 3 Technique

The 3 technique is a defensive line position in football. It is typically played by a defensive tackle, whose job is to line up on the outside shoulder of the offensive guard and disrupt plays in the backfield. The 3 technique position is also sometimes referred to as the “under tackle” position.

Responsibilities of the 3 Technique

The 3 technique position has several key responsibilities. These include:

  1. Rushing the passer: The 3 technique is responsible for putting pressure on the quarterback and disrupting passing plays.

  2. Stopping the run: The 3 technique is also responsible for stopping the opposing team’s running game by plugging gaps and tackling ball carriers.

  3. Disrupting plays: The 3 technique should use their quickness and strength to disrupt plays in the backfield, whether it’s by shedding blocks, penetrating gaps, or pursuing the ball carrier.

Tips for Playing the 3 Technique

Here are some tips for playing the 3 technique position effectively:

  1. Stay low: It’s important to maintain a low center of gravity when playing the 3 technique position. This will help you explode off the line of scrimmage and maintain leverage against your opponent.

  2. Use your hands: As a 3 technique, you will often be engaged in physical battles with offensive linemen. Using your hands effectively can help you shed blocks and disrupt plays.

  3. Be quick: The 3 technique should have quick feet and explosive movements. This will allow you to quickly get into the backfield and disrupt plays.

  4. Study your opponent: Before the game, study the opposing team’s offensive linemen to identify their strengths and weaknesses. This can help you anticipate their moves and play more effectively.

  5. Communicate with your teammates: As with any defensive position, communication is key when playing the 3 technique. You should be communicating with your teammates to ensure that everyone is on the same page and working together to stop the opposing team.


Playing the 3 technique position in football requires a combination of physical ability, mental preparation, and technique. By staying low, using your hands effectively, and communicating with your teammates, you can play this position effectively and help your team succeed on defense.

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