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t is with great pride that we can representCoach Frank Beamer and the Virginia Tech football program, and it is indeed atremendous honor for our defensive staff tospeak at this year’s AFCAConvention. I would also like to recognize a special groupof people in our program and that is our play-ers. It is through the hard work and commit-ment of these young men that allows us thisopportunity to speak with you today.Our defense is recognized for itsaggressive — attacking style of play. Ourmain objective is to pressure the offense bycreating chaos with multiple fronts, stuntsand coverages. It is a scheme that lookscomplicated, but yet is very simple.We play three different packages: G, Tuffand FD/ST-G. Our G package is our basedefense.
Diagram 1
Atrue eight man front. Our tuff packageor 46 is the compliment to G=Defense.
Diagram 2
What makes these two work together isthat we can stem back and forth with thesetwo fronts. Our third package is what we callFD / ST-G.
Diagram 3
It is G front with a two deep shell. Withthese three looks, we are able to stem andmove to different fronts, we will be able toblitz from all of these looks as well as playour coverages.Before we get into techniques and fun-damentals, I would like to share with youour base philosophy and objectives of ourdefense.
Stop the run.- Limit play selection.- Limit blocking scheme.
Outnumber defenders to blockers.
Outnumber receivers with four-manrush.
Attack the offense.- Make it defend itself.- Not going to see everything.
Attitude defense.- Pressure mentality.- Speed and desire.
Commitment to man coverage.
Study and predict protections.- Fewer receivers in patterns.
Study how offense reacts to pressure.-Take away quick answer.- Make quarterback beat you with hischecks; take game out of press box.
Great disguise.- Multiple movements.- Up-calls.- Identical man-zone adjustments.
Solid fundamentals.- Block protection.-Tackling.- Get-off.- Pursuit — bending the body.- Four seconds of concentration.- Communication.
Techniques and Fundamentals1.
Defensive Line: 10 Commandments
a. Stance:
Three-point, heel-to-toe rela-tionship, hips slightly higher than shoulders.
b. Alignment:
Based on assignmentand offensive line keys.
Technique, stunt, etc.
d. Get-Off:
Feet in neutral zone by thetime the ball disappears into center’scrouch.
e. Target:
V of offensive lineman’s neck.
g. Separate:
Lock out.
h .E s c a p e :
Rip or wipe, push withpower, pull with trail, step 45 and rip yourgap.
i. Pursuitj. Tackle:
Angle or Roll.
Gap I.D.
Charley Wiles, Defensive Line
Diagram 1
Virginia Tech’sAttack Defense
Bud FosterDefensiveCoordinatorVirginiaPolytechnicInstituteBlacksburg, Va.Jim CavanaughOutsideLinebackersLou WestSecondaryCharlie WilesDefensive LineDiagram 2Diagram 3
Alignments and Techniques
Stance keys of offensive linemen.
a. Run:
Setting low in stance, weightforward, heels up-leaning forward on toes.
b. Pass:
Setting high in stance, leaningback on heels, little weight on down hand,eyes zeroed in on you.
c. Pull:
Leaning right of left, aligned at adifferent level (3), get combination of line-man leaning forward and some leaningback = a pull.
d. Draw:
Overemphasis of hands at lineof scrimmage.
e. Tight Splits:
Combination of big vstight splits.
f. Screen:
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.
Crash StuntLandmark:
Near knee of the deepestback.
Option responsibility:
Power Runs:
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.
D-Crash StuntLandmark:
Near knee of near back.
Option Responsibility:
Power Runs:
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:
Jim Cavanaugh, Outside LinebackersDiagram 4Diagram 5Diagram 6Diagram 7Diagram 8Lou West, Secondary

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