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"Desert Swarm"-style Double Eagle Flex Defense

"Desert Swarm"-style Double Eagle Flex Defense

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Published by Ted Seay
My adaptation of the classic "Desert Swarm" double eagle flex defense
My adaptation of the classic "Desert Swarm" double eagle flex defense

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Published by: Ted Seay on Oct 28, 2007
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ARIZONA DESERT SWARM 4-3 UNDERSHIFT/FLEX DOUBLEEAGLE FRONT
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Coach Homer Smith
:) Draw up a formation with a flanker, a tightend, a splitend, and an I or Pro backfield.Put eight frontal players on these positions:- an outside linebacker/strong safety/Rover outside of the TE and back 3 yards- a 7-technique- a 3-technique- a LB over the tackle- a "neck player" on the center's weak side (he plays into the center's neck andwill not be blocked by the C on weakside plays)* a B-gap flex player, off two-yards -- he is one-half lineman and one-half LB- a LB behind the flex and off 5 yards- an End-of-line player on air, outside of the tackleAND,-a three-deep.
 
PROBLEMS FOR THE OFFENSE:1) You can't flow strong because the deep Will LB and the flex go over the topof the neck player.2) You can't flow weak because the Center cannot block the neck player.3) You can't run straight ahead because the TE cannot get the 7 technique.4) In pass pro you cannot assign a lineman to flex because the Center cannothandle neck alone.That is the Arizona that evolved out of the 46.------------------------------------------------------------------(
A high school coach in Ohio
:) Flex player reads the guard:-Down block...fill off guard's butt, looking to wrong-arm-Base on you...squeeze guard into A gap-Pull...follow on our side of LOS-Pass set...drop or rush, according to coverage.Original coverage rules had the Mike aligning pretty much over the #3 eligiblereceiver. Some guys have the Rover/SS as the adjuster, keeping Mike in thebox. (This is if you decide to play Man coverage -- otherwise you can play pureCover 3 zone.)Problems for O (in my opinion):*what to do with the flex guy*double eagle messes with schemes*8 man front for run teams*Unique lookI know a guy who was the DC at Ohio State who believed it is the best run-stopping front in football. Not that that makes it gospel, but the guy does havesome credibility, so it makes you think there may be something to it.-------------------------------------------------------------------(
Me
:) Against 1-back or Spread offenses the Double Eagle Flex can have someproblems matching up; but against a two- or three-back look it is almostimpossible to block.The possibilities off this look are nearly endless. You can bring the SS/Rover upto the LOS like the Buddy Ryan 46 used to; you can zone blitz; you can manblitz with press coverage by the Corners; you can run Man Free (Cover 1) withthe FS playing center field; or you can stay in plain vanilla Cover 3 and watchthe offense try to block your Flex Double Eagle front.

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