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Assistant Coach: Roman HannesGhent GatorsDefensive Coordinator: Piqueur Roald
2003 All Star Defense General System
Basic Defensive Philosophy
There is no one defense that can defend all offensive possibilities. A good offensepossesses the capabilities to exploit a defense if it remains static in its style of play.Our All Star team will have a dynamic approach to defense - we will beunpredictable by varying the alignments, using reading and penetrating styles of attack, and different run/pass postures. In implementing this approach, pressure isplaced on the offense to recognize the defense, and make the appropriateadjustments in order to insure proper play execution. Invariably, this leads tobreakdowns or errors by the offensive team.
Defending The Pass
The basic ingredients for successful pass defense, regardless of whether it is zoneor man-to-man coverage, are as follows:
A good pass rush;
Integrated and coordinated action of Linemen, Linebackers, andDefensive Backs must be achieved;
A variety of pass coverages are essential; and
Varying the defensive mindset from maximum pressure to maximumpass coverage.
In zone pass coverage, the field is divided into zones or areas that become theresponsibility of a specific pass defender. They vary in width and depth are definedin more specific terms according to the offensive formation, down and distance, andfield position. All zones are overlapping and players must recognize that boundariesare not absolute.Normally those defenders who are widest or deepest in the defensive formation willbe in a position to cover larger territories.In addition, players continually should be aware of the position of the ball on the fieldin order to determine the correct angle of drop to their respective zones. A player aligned to the short side of the field must take a much more vertical drop to cover their zone than a player aligned to the wide side of the field. For outside defenders,the sideline or numbers should be a major reference point, while the hashmarks helpthe inside defenders locate their zone.Zone coverages are susceptible to the following types of pass patterns:
Influence Pattern - a receiver runs through areas that are theresponsibility of different defenders.
Flood Pattern - the placement of more than one receiver in an areadefended by one defensive player.
Seam or Level Patterns - receivers run patterns in the area between twozones (vertical and horizontal).