As linebackers, we work every day on the following fundamentals. If our players perform these fundamentals efficiently, we can compete on Saturday.
The “Get The Ball Drill” can be done as a one-on-one, two-on-one, three-on-two or two-on-two drill. In theory, you are only limited by imagination. Safety needs to be a priority.
Our staff introduces our defensive signals on the first day of practice. It is a language of its own that must become second nature.
There are four words that come to mind when I think about great linebackers: eyes, feet, hands and finish. These four words should be emphasized every day in practice. Part four of this series focuses on the finish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Defense to me is an action-reaction confrontation. Defense is about making the offense commit mistakes or preventing them from executing. For any defense to be sound, it must adhere to these three principles.
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