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Bear Attack - The Grizzlies' Front Four

Bear Attack - The Grizzlies' Front Four

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or the University of Montana coachingstaff I would like to thank the AFCAforthis opportunity to share some of the thingswe do with our defensive front. I appreciateHead Coach Joe Glenn for asking me towrite this article. One year ago after beinghired from Northern Colorado, CoachGlenn organized his staff in the middle ofrecruiting season. Our first task was tosecure an outstanding class of recruits.After the national signing day, our defen-sive staff started to work on our defensivepackage and to get ready for spring prac-tice. Our staff consists of Mike Breske(coordinator), Dave Doeren (secondary),Chris Knutsen (linebackers), and LanceRobinson (whom I work with on the defen-sive line).Our defensive philosophy is for 11 play-ers to work as a single unit. Each playermust carry out his responsibility so theentire unit can execute the game plan. Weare an aggressive defense, which is basedon HUSTLE and DESIRE. We like to bringa lot of pressure with our zone blitzes. Ourplayers like this attack tempo and believe init. This allows them to play very aggressive,make plays and have fun.There are five things which we feel weneed to do to win:
1.
Be more physical thanour opponent.
2.
Be intelligent, know ourassignments and game situations.
3 .
Hustle, we are a swarming defense, greateffort on every play.
4.
Be mentally tough,don’t let little things interfere with our focus.
5.
Desire for team victory, personal sacri-fices for team success.Montana Grizzly football for the past 15years has been known for its explosiveoffense. During last year’s spring practiceand this past season we could feel theexcitement and the rise in prominence ofthe defensive unit. The media, school,community, and entire state started to talkabout the Griz “D”. With record-breakingcrowds, our fans became very vocal whenthe opponents had the ball and showedtheir appreciation with standing ovationswhen the team came off the field followinga three and out series. All this was verymotivational for our players.Here are some defensive statistics,which our team achieved for the regularseason.Rush Def.76.61st Big Sky/2nd I-AA Pass Def. 188.42nd Big SkyScoring Def.19.31stBig SkyPass Eff. Def. 107.71st Big SkyTotal Def.265.01st/Big Sky/8th-AASacks:511stBig SkyThird Down: 30%1st Big Sky4thDown:41%2nd Big SkyFor the entire season we had 172 tack-les for a loss, 55 sacks, and 20 fumblerecoveries.
Assets Needed to Play Defensive Line1.
Aggressiveness, may be the mostimportant.
2.
Quickness off the ball.
3.
Be physical, dominate your man onhis side of the line of scrimmage.
4.
Great conditioning.
5.
Use of leverage.
6.
Quick feet.
7.
Get off blocks.
8.
Use of your hands.
9.
Stay on your feet.
10.
Full speed from the snap to thewhistle on every play.
11.
Work hard in practice.
12.
Be a team player.We talk about these assets all the timein practice and drills.
The Basic Fundamentals
StanceAlignment &ResponsibilityCharge and ReactionEscapesPursuitTackling
Alignments and Gapsfor Defensive FrontsCub Front
Tom HauckDefensive Line CoachUniversity of MontanaMissoula, Mont.
 
Bear Attack:The Grizzlies’Front Four
Diagram 1: Alignments &GapsDiagram 2:Cub Front
 
BuckAlignment:
Loose 5
Technique:
5
Key:
Tackle
Run To:
C Gap
Run Away:
Shuffle
Pass:
Contain
TackleAlignment:
3
Technique:
3
Key:
Guard
Run To:
B Gap
Run Away:
Gap Pursuit
Pass:
Inside lane
NoseAlignment:
1
Technique:
1
Key:
Guard
Run To:
AGap
Run Away:
Gap Pursuit
Pass:
Inside lane
EndAlignment:
Loose 5
Technique:
5
Key:
Tackle
Run To:
C Gap
Run Away:
Shuffle
Pass:
Contain
B:
Buck end aligns on the open-endside. He is our most athletic end who rush-es on the edge and is the coverage end onzone blitzes (Five tech).
E:
End is our larger end who plays onthe tight end side (Five tech).
T:
Tackle is our quicker, better pass rushtackle, who contain rushes on zone blitzes(Three tech).
N:
Nose Tackle is our larger tackle whofaces more double teams inside (Onetech).
Techniques for the Front Four
We are a one gap responsible front andour alignment tells us what technique weuse. Once we teach a technique it can beapplied to all of our fronts and adjustments.We flip our linemen so we can place themwhere they match up best against theoffense and also it reduces the number oftechniques they must learn. The drawbackis they must learn both a left and right handstance. Our three, five, and nine tech-niques are very similar in how they playblocking schemes.At Montana we play most blockingschemes like any other team. Our three,five, and nine techniques play the downblock or inside release with a spill tech-nique, by closing the gap and taking on thenext blocker with our outside shoulder. Wethen square upfield and spill the ball carri-er. If the play is going away our five or ninetechnique ends use a shuffle technique,where they shuffle flat down the line ofscrimmage and check for the hand off orbootleg.We make a number of tackles on thezone play. If bootleg occurs, our end getsback outside towards the sideline the besthe can. He knows that he has help from theMike linebacker. If our end has a widealignment called, he now is a chase playerand has bootleg responsibility first.In zone blitzes our three technique tack-le has some variations to his normalcharge. He is the contain rusher and usesa slam technique. He attacks the man onthe other side of his gap. Now he adjusts tothe blocking scheme of the offensive tack-le. If it is a run scheme he already has hishead in the B gap. If the offensive tacklepass sets, the three tech attacks his out-side shoulder and contains rushes thequarterback If the offensive tackle sets upoutside to block the Buck, the three techhas the option to drive the man wide andget up field and contain the quarterback byreleasing inside (Diagram 5).We encourage our pass rushers tomake plays but if they lose their rush laneleverage, they are wrong. For some gainsthere are some risks. We talk a lot to ourplayers about their role and responsibilities,but also give them some freedom to makedecisions and make big plays.When the three tech must contain rushon the tight end side, he will move to a 4Ialignment and use a jam technique. Nowhe must get across the face of the offensivetackle and slam the tight end. If the tightend releases the three tech turns tightupfield for his contain rush. If the tight endblocks we play him the same way we didthe offensive tackle in slam tech.When a blitz is rushing the three tech’sB gap, he uses the punch and rip tech-nique. Here the tackle steps to and punch-es the offensive guard and then rips the Agap. Also he could take a false (bite) stepoutside and quick swim to the inside.Our nose tackle uses a cross face tech-nique on many of our zone blitzes. He willalign in a shade, then take a lateral jab stepand get across the face of the center andrip up field through the Agap. He now seesand feels the offensive guard block. Againstthe run the nose gets flat down the line ofscrimmage. On pass, he has a two- wayrush on the blocker, but he is the insidelane rusher on that side (Diagram 8).Our five tech end uses a loop techniqueon some blitzes. He will take a short lateralstep, then a large crossover step. His thirdstep is a plant step with his foot pointed up
Diagram 3Diagram 4Diagram 5Diagram 6Diagram 7

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