Alignments and Techniques
Stance keys of offensive linemen.
Setting low in stance, weightforward, heels up-leaning forward on toes.
Setting high in stance, leaningback on heels, little weight on down hand,eyes zeroed in on you.
Leaning right of left, aligned at adifferent level (3), get combination of line-man leaning forward and some leaningback = a pull.
Overemphasis of hands at lineof scrimmage.
e. Tight Splits:
Combination of big vstight splits.
Let you in with little resis-tance = screen.I would like to thank the AFCA, FrankBeamer, our head football coach, and BudFoster, our defensive coordinator for thisopportunity to speak before you.The outside linebackers in our eight-manfront package are named the “Rover” and the“Whip.” The Rover is our strong safety andthe Whip is our weak outside linebacker. TheRover goes to passing strength and the Whipgoes away. With the ball on the hash, theRover goes to the field and the Whip goes tothe boundary. The Rover’s physical skills arethose of a corner, and the Whip’s skills aresimilar to those of a free safety.
As Bud mentioned previously, we playthree different packages without substitut-ing personnel. In all 3 packages, our rulesremain constant for lining up. In “G”defense, both the Rover and Whip will alignon the line of scrimmage in our “up” posi-tion, showing blitz. We want to show pres-sure every time we align (See Diagram 1).We call this our eight tech. From thisposition, we will blitz a crash or D-crashstunt; we will punch out and alley-run to azone responsibility, or we will junk drop withman coverage responsibilities.In “Tuff” defense, the Rover will align asa C-split linebacker, and Whip will l play awide five (See Diagram 2).The Rover and Backer will adjust as theoffensive personnel reduce their offensivesets (Diagram 4).In “Field/Strong” defense, our 4-3 pack-age, the Rover will align in a force positionto strength and our Whip will align to theboundary hash in a two deep shell (SeeDiagram 3).As you can see, we put our Rover andWhips in a lot of different positions.
Pressure from Rovers and Whips
In teaching our outside linebackers wepressure primarily in two ways — crashand D-crash.
Near knee of the deepestback.
Contain; force the playinside.
Crash vs. Toss (Passing Strength)
Rover will run his inside shoulderthrough the outside shoulder of the full-back, forcing the tailback inside. If the tail-back chooses to bounce outside, the Roverhas his outside arm free to make the tack-le, forcing the tailback to run laterally.
Crash vs. Dive Option(Away from Passing Strength)
Whip will attack the near knee of the tail-back. Upon reading the flare path of thetailback, he will redirect outside to put hisnose on the outside shoulder pad of thetailback. This should take away the pitch orflare screen, whatever may be the case.
Near knee of near back.
Spill; make the playbounce outside.
D-Crash vs. Power (Passing Strength)
Rover will run his outside shoulderthrough the inside shoulder of the fullback,forcing the tailback to bounce outside intothe pursuit of the scrape linebacker, freesafety filling or the squat corner.
D-Crash vs. Dive Option(Away from Passing Strength)
Whip will come off the near hip of theoffensive tackle who is veer blocking theplayside linebacker.The Whip is responsi-ble for tackling the quarterback. The N/Mhave the dive, and the end has the pitch.First, let me take a moment and saythank you to the AFCAfor allowing me tospeak to my friends, colleagues and peers.Indeed it is a great honor and pleasure forme to have this opportunity to share someof our defensive ideas with you all.As stated earlier, part of our philosophyis to show one more man, in the box, thanthe offense can block. In the secondary, wetry to get involved in this disguise as muchas possible, depending on the coverage.What I would like to do is take you throughour base coverage, and give you an ideaon how we try to help give that pressurelook in the secondary.First, when teaching any coverage, I tellmy student-athletes they must know theprimary progression of every coverage.That progression is:
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