4-4 DEFENSEYouth football coaches should play zone COVER 3 defense. Play the blitz package
and have fun. The 4-4 is a good defense because you don't need as many gooddefensive players as some other defenses. It can be a very aggressive defense,and you can cover the various formations. I believe you do need good outside
linebackers that are athletic. They must cover the run and the pass. I like the ideaof having a strong side OLB and weak side OLB. They flip flop with the formation.We are hoping you can get an idea or two from the different looks. We are throwingout these ideas so that you will think and maybe incorporate an idea or two. I hopethis will benefit you.When coaching the secondary we always stressed 3 things.1. Stance2. Alignment3. ResponsibilityStance: CORNERS1. Narrow base: feet under armpits2. Outside foot up: toe to instep stagger.
3. Weight on balls of feet; Sole of shoes have full contact with ground.
4. Bend in waist; Pads over toes5. Bend in knees; Hands to knee level6. Hips square to LOS7. Head and shoulders turned in toward the ball.SAFTIES1. Narrow base2, Inside foo up3. Weight on balls of feet4 Bend in waist and knees5, shoulders and hips are square to the LOS ALWAYS1. Keep feet alive2. Have an awareness of wide receiver split3. FINISHNEVER1. Panic-you are not beat until the ball is thrown. Put head down and get to WR.2. When playing off the ball-NEVER be driven to a heads-up position.