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Stack
Defense
Coach
Jared
Carson
Position Names
• Ends
• Nose
• Gator
• Bandit
• Mac
• Corners
• Free Safety
• Spur
• Tiger
Defensive Alignment
Base Cover 3

E N E
C S G M B T C

F
Alignment

POS ALIGN KEY RUN TO-AWAY PASS RESP.


LE 4 TECH OT C gap- trail/reverse Outside rush lane
NG 0 stuff Ball A gap-backside A Inside rush lane
RE 4 TECH OT C gap- trail/reverse Outside rush lane
Gator Stack OG-near RB Fit Hash Drop
MAC Stack FB Fit Hole Drop
Bandit Stack OG-near RB Fit Hash Drop
NOSEGUARD PLAY
Stuff Technique
• Alignment-0 technique, nose-to-nose on Center. Play as tight as possible and
still be able to key and react

• Key- Movement of the Center’s hand.

• Responsibility-Attack Center and STUFF him into backfield and find the
football

• Coaching Points
Hold ground on double team
If reached, play cutback
Rush passer in proper lane
On pass rush, bull rush and look for draw or QB to step up
Stay flat on pursuit
NOSEGUARD PLAY
Rip Technique
• Alignment-0 technique, nose-to-nose on Center. Play as tight as possible and
still be able to key and react

• Key- Guard you are ripping to. Be aware of feeling pressure from Center

• Responsibility-A gap you are ripping to.

• Coaching Points
Back off ball slightly.
Step with foot to side you are ripping.
Turn shoulders on first step, then square back up on second step.
The guard will then tell you how to react.
Defensive Technique
• Alignment-4 technique(head up on OT). Align tight to LOS

• Key-Movement of OT’s helmet.

• Responsibility-C gap. Contain pass rush and trail on play away

• Coaching Points
Step flat with outside foot.
Keep shoulders square.
Attack outside number of OT.
Punch with Hands and react to OT’s first step.
Bandit/Gator Linebacker
Stimulus/Response

Stimulus Response
Dow n Block Eyes Up (to near back)
Out Block (pull to) Scrape Tight
Pull (pull aw ay) Shuffle, shuffle, fit
Scoop Same
Reach B gap (outside shulder free)
High Hat Stack
Mac Linebacker Technique
• Depth-5 yards
• Alignment-Stack
• Key-Track of Fullback to OG
• Coaching Points-stay FLAT, tempo the ball
(over the top player)
Hawk/Spur
Stimulus/Response

Stimulus Response
Inside run to C stack
Inside run aw ay C stack-Fold/Cutback
Outside run to Force
Outside run aw ay Fold,Cutback
Pass Numbers Drop (flat)
Coverages
• RED (Man Free) – Used when sending 1
or 2 LB’s
• Black – Used when sending all 3 LB’s
• Gold – Used on combinations blitzes
(inside and outside pressure)
• 3 (Zone)
• 0
Red Coverages
RED COVERAGE RULES

E N E E N E

S G M B T S G M B T

C C C C

F F

2 BACKS 1 BACK
CORNERBACKS…………………….MAN #1
CORNERBACKS…………………….MAN #1 LEFT SPUR…………………………..MAN #2
LEFT SPUR…………………………..MAN #2 RIGHT SPUR…………………………MAN #2
RIGHT SPUR…………………………MAN #2 LOU LB…………….….BLITZ or COMBO #3
LOU LB……………..…BLITZ or COMBO #3 MIKE LB………………BLITZ or COMBO #3
MIKE LB………………BLITZ or COMBO #3 ROB LB……………….BLITZ or COMBO #3
ROB LB……………….BLITZ or COMBO #3 FREE SAFETY…….FREE or COVER #3 vs
FREE SAFETY………………………….FREE TRIPS……………………
RED COVERAGE RULES – CONT.

E N E E N E
S
G M B T G M B T

F C C F C

C “ROCK & ROLL” S “ROCK & ROLL”

RED COVERAGE RED COVERAGE


Vs. TRIPS Vs. TRIPS OPEN
Black COVERAGE RULES

E N E E N E

S G M B T S G M B T

C C C C

F F

2 BACKS 1 BACK

CORNERBACKS…………….MAN #1 CORNERBACKS…………….MAN #1
LEFT SPUR…………………..MAN #2 LEFT SPUR…………………..MAN #2
RIGHT SPUR…………………MAN #2 RIGHT SPUR…………………MAN #2
LOU LB………………………….BLITZ LOU LB………………………….BLITZ
MIKE LB…………………………BLITZ MIKE LB…………………………BLITZ
ROB LB………………………….BLITZ ROB LB………………………….BLITZ
FREE SAFETY………..…#3 Strong FREE SAFETY……………………...#3
Black COVERAGE RULES – CONT.

E N E E N E
S
G M B T G M B T

C F C C S F C
“ROCK & ROLL” “ROCK & ROLL”

WHITE COVERAGE WHITE COVERAGE


Vs. TRIPS Vs. TRIPS OPEN
Gold COVERAGE RULES

E N E E N E

S G M B T S G M B T

C C C C

F F

2 BACKS 1 BACK

CORNERBACKS……………………………MAN #1 CORNERBACKS……………………………MAN #1
LEFT SPUR……………………....BLITZ or MAN #2 LEFT SPUR……………………....BLITZ or MAN #2
RIGHT SPUR…………………..…BLITZ or MAN #2 RIGHT SPUR…………………..…BLITZ or MAN #2
LOU LB……………………….BLITZ or COMBO #3 LOU LB……………………….BLITZ or COMBO #3
MIKE LB………………………BLITZ or COMBO #3 MIKE LB………………………BLITZ or COMBO #3
ROB LB……………………….BLITZ or COMBO #3 ROB LB……………………….BLITZ or COMBO #3
FREE SAFETY……..COVER for BLITZING SPUR FREE SAFETY……..COVER for BLITZING SPUR
BASE DEFENSE
COVER 3

E N E

S G M B T
#’s HASH HOLE HASH #’s
DROP DROP DROP DROP DROP

C C
F
DEEP DEEP
1/3 DEEP 1/3 1/3
4 Man Rushes
• GATOR (Red or 3)
• BANDIT (Red or 3)
• MIKE (Red or 3)
• SPUR (3 or Gold)
• TIGER (3 or Gold)
GATOR

E N E

S G M B T

C C
F
BANDIT

E N E

S G M B T

C C
F
Mike

E N E

S G M B T

C C
F
SPUR

E N E

S G M B T

C C
F
TIGER

E N E

S G M B T

C C
F
5 Man Rush
• BUG (Red)
• GUM (Red)
• BUM (Red)
• MUTT (Cover 3)
• SAM (Cover 3)
BUG

E N E

S G M B T

C C
F
GUM

E N E

S G M B T

C C
F
BUM

E N E

S G M B T

C C
F
MUTT

E N E

S G M B T

C C
F
SAM

E N E

S L M R B

C C
F
6 Man Rush
• ZOO (Black)
• TIMBER (Gold)
• GAMES (Gold)
• STAB (Gold)
• STAG (Gold)
ZOO

E N E

S G M B T

C C
F
TIMBER

E N E

S G M B T

C C
F
GAMES

E N E

S G M B T

C C
F
STAB

E N E

S G M B T

C C
F
STAG

E N E

S G M B T

C C
F
COVER 0 RULES

S L E N E R
S L E N E R
M
M
C F S C
C F S C
“STRONG LEFT”

2 BACKS 1 BACK

CORNERBACKS…………………….MATCH CORNERBACKS…………………….MATCH
STRONG SPUR…….……..CONTAIN BLITZ STRONG SPUR…………..CONTAIN BLITZ
WEAK SPUR………………..……TAILBACK WEAK SPUR……………….……ADJUSTER
STRONG LB…..………….…………..SLANT STRONG LB….………………….…..SLANT
MIKE LB………………………….FULLBACK MIKE LB………………………….FULLBACK
WEAK LB….…..…………..CONTAIN BLITZ WEAK LB……………..…..CONTAIN BLITZ
FREE SAFETY………………….#2 STRONG FREE SAFETY………………....#2 STRONG
**Secondary ALWAYS runs with motion in Cover 0 **Secondary ALWAYS runs with motion in Cover 0
7 MAN RUSH

• HAMMER (Gold)

E N E
S
S L
C R
M
C
F
HAMMER

E N E

S G M B T

C C
F
8 MAN RUSH

• HURRICANE (Gold)

E N E
S
S L
C R
M
C
F
HURRICANE

E N E

S G M B T

C C
F
WING-T SCHEME
• Base *
• Tight *
• Bash *
• X
• Bear
• Special

** DE to TE side plays loop scheme in Base – Eyes on TE while in stance


and attack him (TE) with eyes in C gap. This will keep TE from getting
to LB and allows the DE to play a big factor in stopping off tackle plays
(belly-g, buck sweep and trap (if it bounces).
WING – T COVERAGE
“PURPLE”

E N E
S S
2x2 on #1 2x2 on #2

L M R
C
Inside Loose
Man Tech on SE
C F
1x8 on #2 Man Free
@ 8 yards
• MAN FREE COVERAGE (or Cover 3) WITHOUT A PREDETERMINED HALFBACK
• COVERAGE WILL ROLL ONCE A HALFBACK HAS BEEN DETERMINED
• A HALFBACK CAN BE DETERMINED BY: 1.) Normal HB alignment in backfield
2.) A slotback or wingback going into “jet” or “tail” motion
• All 2nd & 3rd level players should have eyes up to see motion for next key/read
PURPLE COVERAGE
with a Halfback

S E N E
0x2
FORCE S
• If HB goes away,
check TE/WB area
L M R for double handoff
(fold)
• If HB is vertical (Iso) -
F “C Gap” stack C
1x6 on #2 • If Waggle, check FB Inside Loose
Man Tech on
then rob crosser
SE
1x8 on #1

C
PURPLE COVERAGE
with motion

E N E S
0x2
S FORCE
• 2x2
•Check opposite SB
area for counter L M R
•If Waggle, check FB
then rob crosser
F C
Inside Loose
1x6 on #2 Man Tech on
SE
1x8 on #2

C
BASE PURPLE
vs. Buck Sweep

S E N E
S
L M R
F C
C
vs. TRAP

S E N E
S
L M R
F C
C
vs. WAGGLE

S E N E
S
L M R
F C
C
vs BELLY-G

S E N E
S
L M R
F C
C
BUG
with Purple Coverage

S E N E
T
G M B
F C

C
Mike

S E N E
T
G M B
F C

C
ZOO

S E N E
T
G M B
F C

C
GASH

S E N E
T
Corner and FS
will catch the spill
G M B
F C

C
BAT

S E N E
T
G M B
F C

C
HAMMER

S E N E
T
G M B
F C

C
PURPLE CHOKE COVERAGE

C E N E
S T
2x2 on #1 2x2 on #2

G M B
C
Inside Loose
Man Tech on SE
F
Man Free
@ 8 yards
• MAN FREE COVERAGE WITHOUT A PREDETERMINED HALFBACK
• COVERAGE WILL ROLL ONCE A HALFBACK HAS BEEN DETERMINED
• A HALFBACK CAN BE DETERMINED BY: 1.) Normal HB alignment in backfield
2.) A slotback or wingback going into “jet” or “tail” motion
• All 2nd & 3rd level players should have eyes up to see motion for next key/read
PURPLE CHOKE COVERAGE
with a Halfback

S C E N E
0x2
FORCE S
• If HB goes away,
check TE/WB area
L M R for double handoff
(fold)
• If HB is vertical (Iso) -
F “C Gap” stack C
• If Waggle, check FB Inside Loose
1x6 on #1 Man Tech on
then rob crosser
SE
PURPLE CHOKE COVERAGE
with motion

C E N E S
0x2
S FORCE
(#3)
• 2x2
•Check opposite SB
area for counter L M R
•If Waggle, check FB
then rob crosser
F C
Inside Loose
1x6 on #2 Man Tech
#1