Time-Tested Defensive Axioms Can Help Today’s Defensive Coordinators

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.

Game-Proven Strategies For Building A Better Blitz

In today’s game, getting pressure on the opposing quarterback has never been more important. Calling the wrong blitz against the wrong formation, however, can lead to a disaster for a defensive coordinator. This article utilizes diagrams and video examples for building a blitz package designed to bring heavy pressure, as well as 5 key tips for better blitzing that you can immediately put to use with any defense.

Home Field Advantage Presented By Dynamic Fitness & Strength

Defending The Spread In The War Eagle 4-2-5 – The War Eagle 4-2-5 is primarily a zone coverage defense, built to be strong against the myriad of spread offenses we see in our region. While we don’t run a lot of man coverage, the secondary is still full of athletes who can break down, flip hips, and turn and run with receivers. While the offense spreads the field to run the ball, the secondary has to have enough speed to shrink the field and give run support.

Defeating RPOs (Run-Pass Options) By Utilizing Defensive-Line Movement & Match-Quarters

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.

“Wave Man-Free” 3-3-5 Defensive Stunt Brings The Heat On Passing Downs

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.

Preparing Defensive Game Plan Key To Winning

Defense is the key and essence to winning football. We will make any sacrifice in our program to help our defense. Here are some thoughts on how we prepare our defensive team during game week. The first thing we are concerned about is our opponent and the scouting that we have on our opponent. There are 12 basic things that we try to scout as we work to prepare a defensive game plan. Then, there are six things we feel we must have as a defensive team when we go into every football game.

Home Field Advantage Presented By Dynamic Fitness & Strength

4-3 Cowboy Run-Blitz Stops Double-Wing Ground Game – With the spread and speed formations used in football today, defensive coordinators often forget about the dangers found in run-packed offenses, such as the Double-Wing Offense. This article outlines the “Cowboy Blitz” out of a 4-3 Defense, which is used as an extremely effective run blitz against a standard double-wing formation.

Defensive Line Play In The 3-3 Stack Defense (w/ VIDEO)

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.