Getting To Know The Marquette University (Wis.) High School Hilltoppers – AFCA Weekly spent some time with Jeff Mazurczak, head coach of the Marquette University High School (Milwaukee, Wis.) Hilltoppers, and talked about a variety of topics. Here, you will find links to five great videos, beginning with Coach Maz’s 2016 Season Outlook.
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, 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.
Having rock-solid, concrete data that you can refer to in-game can be a can be a difference-maker for a defensive coordinator. This article outlines and shows examples of how one coach simplified his job as schematic leader of the defense by developing easy-to-understand call sheets that identified the key essentials necessary for his defense.
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.
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.
Kickoff Block-Destruction Progression – Cornell University uses a base method to teach block-destruction to our entire special teams personnel. It is important to understand the following fundamental tools before inserting them into the kickoff or adding different and specific techniques.
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.
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.
This article covers how to utilize multiple fronts with a team’s 3-4 base personnel while not having to substitute players in and out. With diagrams, player assignments, coverages, stunts/blitzes and special situations, you’ll learn how to implement this system, all while remaining gap sound and using standard terminology.
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.