When I coached at the College of William & Mary, our team played a good amount of two-deep zone. Here’s one cone drill used in coaching Cover 2 cornerbacks.
Even with today’s fast and furious spread offense, if your defense cannot stop an opponent’s running game, your team is finished. This article outlines three tried-and-true run blitzes that all defensive coordinators need to keep in their arsenal. Complete with diagrams and player assignments, you’ll be able to add these run-blitzes immediately into your call sheet.
No-huddle, shotgun spread-offenses that utilize match-up and tempo advantages are shredding defense and piling up points at a record rate at all levels of football. Defensive coordinators are working hard to plug the holes in the dam, but this isn’t just a problem fixed by countering the strategy with Xs and Os. This article explores how taking another look at several time-tested defensive tenets may hold key pieces to solving the spread offense puzzle.
In today’s game, spread offense and an up-tempo style of play have wreaked havoc on defenses at all levels of football. Now that Run-Pass Options (RPOs) have been added into the mix, offenses have more advantages than ever before. This article shows what defenses can finally do to strike back. With video examples and detailed diagrams, you’ll learn how to confuse QB reads by utilizing d-line shifts, stunts and match-quarters coverage.
This article details a stunt that has been an effective defensive weapon and involves the entire front six in a 3-3-5 formation. Called “Wave Man-Free” (diagrammed and featuring player responsibilities), this highly productive stunt works exceptionally well when an offense is in passing situations where the running back stays in to try and help block, as well as when the passes are thrown to the outside.
The play of your defensive ends and nose guard in the 3-3 Stack Defense is absolutely critical to success. Those front three defenders must serve as a disruptive force on the line of scrimmage. The following article uses coaching points, diagrams and video to showcases the proper technique, alignment and footwork for defeating the most common, primary blocking schemes.
Pass rush is not limited to just a 4-man rush. In a broader sense, a true pass-rush plan requires the consideration of all 11 defenders. There are several different ways to rush a quarterback and many can be successful. In Part 1 of the multi-part defensive series, “Heavy Pressure,” we’ll examine the framework for what makes a pass rush effective.
The defensive back (DB) is one of the most demanding positions in football. The modern DB is not only trained to defend the pass, but to defend the run as well, based on the coverage. It is the responsibility of the secondary coach to develop DBs to be efficient and effective in both areas on a consistent basis.
With today’s explosive offenses and passing game, getting pressure with your defensive linemen is absolutely critical. This article outlines an effective and versatile Defensive Line Stunts package. With stunts run primarily from a four-man front, and used with the 4-3 or 4-2 defense, some can also be used from a three-man front with the 3-5 or 3-4 defense. Each stunt is diagrammed and accompanies video and coaching points from each cut-up.
This article takes a look at using the old-school Robber Coverage as a change up to your base coverage concepts. Tracing the defense’s history and giving detailed player alignments, you’ll learn how using 11-Robber Coverage helps to protect your defense versus a variety of tactics that opponents will use from a variety of looks.
A philosophy of secondary play helps the coach to know what is needed out of the players and steps that can be taken to improve the defensive back.
The ability to get the football to a game breaker in open space is what every offensive coordinator wants to accomplish. A running back with the ball skills and route-running ability of a wide receiver presents great challenges for defenses.