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Combining Fronts & Coverages to Max Success, D. Sommer, Wil

Combining Fronts & Coverages to Max Success, D. Sommer, Wil

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Combining Fronts and Coverages to Maximize Success on Defense
Doug Sommer, Head Coach, Wilsonville H.S., 2006 Oregon 5A Semifinalist Nike Coach of the Year Clinic, Portland, OR March 3, 2007Philosophy:Tell players: want them to play “loose, fast, and physical”Want sound alignment – don’t get beat before the ball is snappedConfidence puts players in position to be aggressiveCommunication essential: gets players in position; builds trustDon’t penalize risk-takers∙ helps kids stay loose and play loose∙assume kids don’t deliberately make mistakesBase Defense:4-2 Cover 3 (4-4)Invite offense to run at bubble over C and strongside OT∙most teams not in I formation, so don’t really want to run there∙so, if they do, you’re making them do something they don’t really want to∙believe offensive coordinators are not patient enough to call a dive play 10 times to score TDPosition assignments:Strong DE = attack / squeeze C gapSam = Read / runWeak DE = attack / squeeze B gapMike = Trap / runDef. Tackles = attack B gap / squeeze A gapCB’s = 10 – 12 yds. deep; secondaryFred & Will = primary force / bounceforceFS = 10 – 12 yds. deep; alley player Pass responsibilities:∙DE’s – pass rush only time have contain responsibilities∙Sam & Mike – cancel inside routesno inside threat = find work, help flat defendersTransition to 4-3 Cover 2∙personnel-driven: factors = speed, physical level, coaches knowledge & ability∙gives flexibility
Base: 4-2 Cover 3
DTs on outside shade of OGs; are 2-gap players; stay square at LOS (‘50’ mentality), strike andsqueeze gap; not a penetrating defenseDEs on outside shade of OT/TEF = Fred, the 2
flat defender; hybrid player Fred & Will @ 4 yd. x 4 yd.Mike & Sam @ 6 yd. off LOS and head-up on OC & str. OT respectively; depth negotiable – putwhere eyes will go to correct placeCBs & FS @ 10-12 yds.

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