Ryan McCartney, Associate Head Coach & Defensive Coordinator, Seymour (IN) High School, shares one of his favorite pressures: send the Outside Linebacker (OLB) and Inside Linebacker (ILB) from the same side while utilizing a slanting defensive front.
When playing zone defense, the linebacker must recognize the pass play, go immediately to his zone, get as deep in his zone as he can before the quarterback sets to throw, focus on the quarterback and the ball, and react to the pass. The ball directs the linebacker to the receiver.
The linebacker who can perform these fundamentals will be successful regardless of scheme. No matter what defense you devise, you will be able to use a defender who can consistently execute the ABCs.
Why keep a player who is an above-average pass defender on the backside of twins to play in space vs. a TE, or worse, at the line vs. a blocking TE? To avoid this dilemma, in the 4-2-5 we use a concept called “Flip.”
Many defensive coordinators cringe when they think about blitzing. Why? So many times, blitzing results in having to play Cover-0 or man coverage behind the blitz. Sometimes, more talented teams can zone blitz – but even then, they’re giving up grass and using players who don’t normally have to cover the pass. Because our box players are independent from our secondary, our 4-2-5 blitz packages allow us to stay fundamentally sound without changing the rules of coverage for our secondary players.
Man-to-man pass coverage is a classic, one-on-one match-up—one pass receiver running a route against one defender assigned to cover him. Man-to-man pass coverage can be effective if the defender plays with good technique and is able to stay close to his assigned man.
Offenses utilize motion and shifting to out-leverage the defense to attack how a defense sets its strength/front. Auburn University, for example, has built an entire offense based upon using pre-snap wide-receiver motion to move defenses and to out-leverage a defense’s alignment. This article provides ideas and strategies to counteract an offense’s motion. Complete with diagrams and rules that will help you implement these tactics into your defensive game plan.
This article outlines how one program developed an innovative coaching aid they called, “Coverage 101 Sessions,” which is designed as an easy-to-understand teaching system that helps defensive players to better understand each coverage used in their defense. With “Coverage 101 Sessions,” defenders learn the strengths of each coverage, the vulnerabilities of each coverage and the critical components to know for better on-field execution. Complete with teaching examples and coverage diagrams, you’ll be able to add this game-proven system to your defensive regimen.
The topic that I would like to discuss today is the University of Montana’s Hurricane Zone Blitz. We used the name “Hurricane” because we denoted our boundary corner with the letter “H.” The advantages of having a boundary corner (H) pressure are as follows.
At Texas State, our multiple front defense and entire calling system was based on the alignment of the defensive linemen. Whether we based out of a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme, it is called the same. This is something we did since the late ’70s, and it has been expanded over the years as defensive football has evolved.
For players and staff, signaling calls to the defense can be some of the most anxious and exciting moments in the game. Coaches and players must exchange information quickly and precisely. The quicker the information is signaled, the more confident the unit will be and the more time they will have to study the offense at the line of scrimmage.
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.