Defending The Spread Offense

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Our Philosophy On Stopping A Spread Offense Team
• Force the QB to throw under pressure • Maintain gap responsibility and pursuit discipline • Confuse the QB by disguising and changing coverage's, fronts, and blitz packages • Force the QB to read our coverage‟s pre-snap • Shut down the run game by maintaining gap responsibility, and making the offense one dimensional

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Vs. a Spread Team, We….
• Feel that we can dictate to the offense what they can and cannot run • Do not want to be “read and reacting”, we want the offense to stay off balance • Want the offense anticipating what we are going to do next • Want to send as much „controlled‟ pressure as possible • Want to tackle very well in the open field

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Terminology


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Sky- tells us that we are showing cover 3, but rolling to cover 4 with the bandit and free safety. Will ILB has hook/curl/flats weak Banjo- when an OLB is called on to blitz but is responsible for a player in man coverage. The OLB will call “banjo” to either tell the free safety to take his man or banjo the blitz to the inside linebacker. Cover 1- man free coverage. We are man underneath and our free safety is playing centerfield. Cover 4- quarters (1/4) coverage. Cover 3- three deep zone coverage Combo – two defenders „combo-ing‟ one offensive receiver, usually with zone coverage to the other side. Man- true man to man coverage. Claw- tells the Will linebacker to slide out to 4x4 Mike, Sam and Will- our three inside linebackers Spur and Bandit- our two outside linebackers

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Coverage's
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Cover 3 Cover - Man Cover 1 Cover - 3 Sky Cover – 4 Combo
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Cover 3 T BN C W N M FS T S SP C Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.com 6 .

com 7 . #3 weak Spur has #3 strong Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.Cover Man T BN C W N M T S FS SP C Corners have #1 Bandit has # 2 Free has #2 strong.

Cover 1 (man free) T BN C W N M FS T S SP C Corners have #1 Bandit has # 2 Free has #3 either way Spur has #2 strong Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.com 8 .

Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.com 9 .Cover 3 (sky) T BN C W N M FS T S SP C “Sky” tell us that we are going to show cover three and on the snap roll to cover 4 (quarters) Free safety will slide to the strong hash Bandit will sprint to the weak hash.

Bandit will move back as a true safety. Will play‟s weak hook/ curl to flats. he will settle in the middle of the field. Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.com 10 .Cover 4 (Quarters) T W C BN N M T S FS SP C In cover 4 Mike will not rush.

“Claw” Cover 4 T N T W C BN M S FS SP C “Claw” will tell the Will to line up 4x4. Mike will not go. Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.com 11 . It will be the only time we remove a ILB from the box.

Combo Coverage – Zone Backside TE goes to flat – SP has him TE goes vertical – FS has him T BN C W N M T S FS SP C Bandit and Will are in Cover 3 zone look – Spur and FS are „combo-ing‟ the TE Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.com 12 .

Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.Formation adjustments against the spread.com 13 .

stay in Cover 3 T BN C W N M FS T S SP C Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.Shotgun spread W/TE option 1 .com 14 .

check to 1(Man Free) T BN C W N M FS T S SP C Free safety cover 1 rules: # 3 either side.#2 if banjo call Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.com 15 .Shotgun spread W/TE option 2 .

#3 weak Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.com 16 .Shotgun spread W/TE option 3 Check to Man T BN C W N M T S FS SP C Free safety man rules: #2 strong.

Shotgun spread W/TE option 4 Combo – backside zone T BN C W N M T S FS SP C Cover 3 look to trips – Man combo backside – Sam can run blitz. Copyright © 2009 .com 17 . watching RB or wall off crossers from the zone side in the middle.SpreadOffense.

roll to 4 (sky) T BN C W N M FS T S SP C “Sky” tells us that we are showing cover 3.com 18 .Shotgun spread W/TE option 5 . Will ILB has hook/curl/flats weak. Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense. but rolling to cover 4 with the bandit and free safety.

check to “claw” cover 4 T W C BN N M T S FS SP C “Claw” tells the will linebacker to slide out to 4x4 Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.com 19 .Shotgun spread W/TE option 6.

Shotgun spread trips W/TE option 1 .com 20 .stay in Cover 3 T BN C W FS N M T S C SP Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.

com 21 .Shotgun spread trips W/TE option 2 .Check Man T BN C W FS N M T S C SP Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.

Shotgun spread trips W/TE option 3 – Combo with backside zone T BN C W FS N M T S C SP Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.com 22 .

Shotgun spread trio W/TE option 1 – Stay in Cover 3 T BN C W N M T S FS SP C Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.com 23 .

Shotgun spread trio W/TE option 2 .com 24 .roll to sky(4) T BN C W N M T S FS SP C Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.

1 (Man Free) T BN C W N M T S FS SP C Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.Shotgun spread trio W/TE option 3 .com 25 .

Stay in Cover 3 T BN C W N M T S FS SP C Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.Shotgun spread trips open option 1 .com 26 .

com 27 .Shotgun spread trips open option 2 .roll to sky (4) T BN C W N M T S FS SP C Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.

com 28 .Shotgun spread trips open option 3 .1 (Man Free) T BN C W N M T S FS SP C Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.

com 29 .Stay In Cover 3 T BN C W N M FS T S SP C Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.Shotgun spread double twins option 1 .

Shotgun spread double twins option 2 .com 30 .check 1 (Man Free) T BN C W N M FS T S SP C Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.

com 31 .Shotgun spread double twins option 3 .check to “claw” cover 4 T W C BN N M T S FS SP C Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.

check to “claw” cover 4 T W C BN N M T S FS SP C Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.Shotgun spread empty pro trips option 1 .com 32 .

Shotgun spread empty trips twins option 1 .check to “claw” cover 4 T W C BN N M T S FS SP C Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.com 33 .

check to “claw” cover 4 T W C BN N M FS T S SP C We will bump our coverage to the quads to even out our numbers Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.Shotgun spread empty quads option 1 .com 34 .

Stay in Cover 3 T BN C W N M FS T S SP C Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.com 35 .Shotgun spread double TE option 1 .

com 36 .check cover 1(Man Free) T BN C W N M FS T S SP C In cover 1.Shotgun spread double TE option 2 .the Spur will tighten up to 1x4 off the TE Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.

Stay in Cover 3 T BN C W N M T S FS SP C Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.com 37 .Shotgun spread double TE -trio option 1 .

check cover 1(Man Free) T BN C W N M T S FS SP C In cover 1.com 38 .Shotgun spread double TE -trio option 2 .the Bandit will tighten up to 1x4 off the TE Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.

Shotgun spread double TE -trio option 3 – Combo with Zone T BN C W N M T S FS SP C Bandit and Corner combo TE.com 39 . Zone backside Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.

Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.com 40 .Motion adjustments • Scouting another team will allow you to practice proper motion adjustments – communication on defense is key • When in doubt. check to cover 3 and play football • Cover 4 (quarters) is our “oh crap” coverage.

Defending the run • • • • • • Zone Zone Read Sweep Trap Lead Power Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.com 41 .

Defending the Zone T BN C W N M FS T S SP C Will.hold and fold. Bandit. Force play inside.Fit. Copyright © 2009 .scoop/flow away.Read.base/double team.SpreadOffense.backside A gap Mike.com 42 .scoop.Fit under chip by tackle if possibleplayside A gap Sam.flow strong.base/ double team.down.flow away.Fit.step to outside of double teamrefit under because of flow.Read. Spur.flow inside.Read.Read.flow to.Fit.run feet of TE d gap.Read.Fit.

Fit.hold and fold.flow away. Copyright © 2009 .scoop/flow away.flow strong.Fit.Read.Read.Read. Bandit.Fit under chip by tackle if possibleplayside A gap Sam.base/double team.flow inside. Force play inside.run feet of TE d gap.scoop.Read. Spur.Read.flow to.down.Fit.Fit.com 43 .base/ double team.SpreadOffense.step to outside of double teamrefit under because of flow.Defending the Zone Read Square shoulder in BGap T W N M FS T S SP BN C Fit alley hard to playside C Will.backside A gap Mike.

reach.Read.Fit.scoop/flow away.Defending the sweep T BN C W N M FS T S SP C Will. Bandit.Fit.under pulling guard.Fit.Read. Force play inside.flow strong.backside A gap Mike.fan.playside C gap.Fit.SpreadOffense.flow away.Read. Copyright © 2009 .Reach.beat TE up the field .flow outside.flow to.scoop.under pulling guard playside B gap Sam.Fit.com 44 .hold and fold.down by TE.Read. Spur.

hold and fold.Defending the trap T BN C W N M FS T S SP C Will.backside A gap Mike.com .Fit.Read.base/double team.Fit. Bandit.flow inside.Read.Read.flow to.scoop/flow away.flow away.SpreadOffense.Fit under chip by tackle if possibleplayside B gap Sam.flow strong. 45 Copyright © 2009 .Read. Force play inside.run feet of TE D gap.rip under down block by TESpur.down.Read.Fit.down.scoop.Fit.

Read. 46 Copyright © 2009 . Bandit.Fit.Fit.fan.Fit.backside A gap Mike. Take on fullback with outside arm and make ball bounce Spur.flow to.beat TE upfield.flow inside.hold and fold.base/double team.SpreadOffense.fill open window now.Fit.com .flow away.Defending the lead T BN C W N M FS T S SP C Will.Read.scoop.flow strong.fan.Read.scoop/flow away.Fit under chip by tackle if possibleplayside B gap Sam.Read.Read. Force play inside.

Bandit.flow to.Read.Read.backside A gap Mike.Fit.flow outside.Fit.Read.Read.base/ double team.hold and fold.flow strong.Read.scoop/flow away. Force play inside.flow away.down.Fit.base/double team.Fit under chip by tackle if possibleplayside B gap Sam.rip under chip by tackleplayside C gap Spur.scoop.run feet of TE D gap. 47 Copyright © 2009 .SpreadOffense.Fit.Defending the power T BN C W N M FS T S SP C Will.com .

it‟s strong right Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.Weak Side Blitz‟s T BN C W N M FS T S SP C Slant – Mike/Will Go Slant = defensive linemen stunt to strength .com 48 .in this case.

Weak Side Blitz‟s T BN C W N M FS T S SP C Angle – Mike/Will Go Angle = defensive linemen stunt weak or „away‟ from strength Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.com 49 .

Weak Side Blitz‟s T BN C W N M FS T S SP C Slant – Bandit/Will Go Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.com 50 .

SpreadOffense.Weak Side Blitz‟s T BN C W N M FS T S SP C Slant – Mike Go .Will Ram “Ram” call tells the weak-side tackle that Will is blitzing inside Copyright © 2009 .com 51 .

Strong Side Blitz‟s T BN C W N M FS T S SP C Mike/Sam Cross Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.com 52 .

com 53 .Strong Side Blitz‟s T BN C W N M FS T S SP C Angle – Mike/Spur Go Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.

Strong Side Blitz‟s T BN C W N M FS T S SP C Pinch – Mike/Sam/Spur Go Pinch = inside gap stunts by down linemen Copyright © 2009 SpreadOffense.com 54 .

SpreadOffense.com 55 .Strong Side Blitz‟s T BN C W N M FS T S SP C Slant – Sam/Spur Go Copyright © 2009 .

com or www.com Copyright © 2009 .Thank You Watch For Our Spread Offense Video Series Coming Soon. Visit: www.SpreadOffense.com 56 .SpreadOffense.TheSpreadOffense.

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