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This coverage is a 2-Deep, 5-Underneath zone defense that employs our Free Safety as a "Robber". This coverage allows us to take away certain routes by the offense (Curl and Dig) with our Free Safety. It also places our Free Safety in a position to be very aggressive vs the running game. Excellent against short passing game. Good" against deep bombs. Good against screens and draws. Excellent option force package. Adaptability. void areas and deep corners. COORDINATED Strong Sky COACHING A. POINTS FORCE PACKAGE Weak Easy

STRENGTHS:

WEAKNESSES:

Corners 1. Cheat for depth before the snap of the ball. 2; Do not allow WR to cross your face. 3. Read QB and fly to the ball. Rover
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RUN RESPONSIBILITY To: Secondary Force Away: Last Man Pursuit To: Sky Force Away: Backside Leverage To: Fill Away: Fill To: Secondary Force Away: Last Han Pursuit Normal Normal To: Easy Force Away: Fold

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Bud Foster Defensive Coordinator Virginia Polytechnic InsIiIute Blacksburg.
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ment of these young men that allows us this opportunity Our aggressive creating

1. Stop the run.
- Limit play selection. - Limit blocking scheme.

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style of play. Our the offense fronts, stunts

main objective chaos and coverages. complicated,

is to pressure with multiple

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but yet is very simple. We play three different packages: G, Tuff
Our G package is our base

2. Outnumber defenders to blockers. 3. outnumber receivers with four-man rush. 4. Attack the offense. - Make it defend itself.
- Not going to see everything.

and FOIST-G. defense.

5. Attitude defense.
- Pressure mentality. - Speed and desire.

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10. Solid fundamentals.
- Block protection. - Tackling. - Get-off. - Pursuit bending the body. - Four seconds - Communication.

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3. Alignments and Techniques 4. Stance keys of offensive linemen. a. Run: Setting low in stance, 'Neight forward, heels up-leaning forward on toes. b. Pass: Setting high in stance, leaning back on heels, litue weight on down hand, eyes zeroed in on you. c. Pull: Leaning right of left, aligned at a different level (3), get combination of lineman leaning forward and some leaning back = a pull. d. Draw: Overemphasis of hands at line of scrimmage. e. Tight Splits: Combination of big vs tight splits. f. Screen: Let you in with little resistance = screen. Cavanaugh, OUtside Uneba«:kers

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D-Crash Stunt Landmark: Near knee of near back. Option Responsibility: Quarterback. Power Runs: Spill; make the play bounce outside . Diagram 7

As you can see, 'Ne put our Rover and Whips in a lot of different positions. Pressure from Rovers and Whips In teaching our outside linebackers we pressure primarily in two ways - crash and D-crash. Crash Stunt Landmark: Near knee of the deepest back. Option responsibility: Pitch. Power Runs: Contain; force the play inside. Diagram 5

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I would like to thank the AFCA, Frank Beamer, our head football coach, and Bud Foster, our defensive coordinator for this opportunity to speak before you. The outside linebackers in our eight-man front package are named the "Rover" and the "Whip.· The Rover is our strong safety and the Whip is our weak outside linebacker. The Rover goes to passing strength and the Whip goes away. With the ball on the hash, the Rover goes to the field and the Whip goes to the boundary. The Rover's physical skills are those of a comer, and the Whip's skills are similar to those of a free safety. Alignment As Bud mentioned previously, we play three different packages without substituting personnel. In all 3 packages, our rules remain constant for lining up. In "G" defense, both the Rover and Whip will align on the line of scrimmage in our "uP" position, showing blitz. We want to show pressure every time 'Ne align (See Diagram 1). We call this our eight tech. From this position, 'Ne will blitz a crash or D-crash stunt; we will punch out and alley-run to a zone responsibility, or we will junk drop with man coverage responsibilities. In "Tuff" defense, the Rover will align as a C-split linebacker, and Whip will I play a wide five (See Diagram 2). The Rover and Backer will adjust as the offensive personnel reduce their offensive sets (Diagram 4). In "Field/Strong" defense, our 4-3 package, the Rover will align in a force position to strength and our Whip will align to the boundary hash in a two deep shell (See Diagram 3).

D-Crash vs. Power (Passing Strength) Rover will run his outside shoulder through the inside shoulder of the fullback, forcing the tailback to bounce outside into the pursuit of the scrape linebacker, free safety filling or the squat corner. Diagram 8

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Crash vs. Toss (Passing Strength) Rover will run his inside shoulder through the outside shoulder of the fullback, forcing the tailback inside. If the tailback chooses to bounce outside, the Rover has his outside arm free to make the tackle, forcing the tailback to run laterally. Diagram Ii
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D-Crash vs. Dive Option (Away from Passing Strength) Whip will come off the near hip of the offensive tackle who is veer blocking the playside linebacker. The Whip is responsi· ble for tackling the quarterback. The N/M have the dive, and the end has the pitch. Lou West, Seoondary First, let me take a moment and sa} thank you to the AFCA for allowing me te speak to my friends, colleagues and peers . Indeed it is a great honor and pleasure fOI me to have this opportunity to share some of our defensive ideas with you all. As stated earlier, part of our philosoph} is to show one more man, in the box, thar the offense can block. In the secondary, we try to get involved in this disguise as muct as possible, depending on the coverage. What I would like to do is take you througt our base coverage, and give you an ldea on how we try to help give that pressure look in the secondary. Rrst, when teaching any coverage, I tell my student-athletes they must know thE primary progression of every coverage That progression is:

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B )~ Crash vs. Dive Option (Away from Passing Strength) Whip will attack the near knee of the tailback. Upon reading the flare path of the tailback, he will redirect outside to put his nose on the outside shoulder pad of the tailback. This should take away the pitch or flare screen, whatever may be the case.

1. Alignment: Put yourself in the best position to execute your assignment when the ball is snapped. 2. Stance: Get your feet and body in a position to react as quick as possible, without any wasted movement. 3. Keys: Who will give you the quickest reads to help you perform your assignment when the ball is snapped. 4. Responsibilities: How to attack vs. run and what to defend vs. pass. Along with this primary progression, they must also know who is responsible for primary run force (pitch) and who are the primary alley (quarterback) players, in every coverage. Run Support Calls: Primary force player. Sky = Rover. Easy Whip. Read = OLB/DB off tight end's block.

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Comers: Key through end man on line of scrimmage to the ball. See wide receiver out of peripheral vision. Safety: Key through uncovered lineman, to the ball, the No.2 receiver strong. Responsibilities (Diagram 10) Run: Sky support strong - easy support weak. Corners: Run to you, secondary run force. Check pass, go to ball.

Adjustments Vs. Twins: See Diagram16 Corner to Split Side: Normal (2 x 10). Corner to Tight Side: 1 x 8 on tight end with read support on run. Safety will be 10 yards deep, align in apex of widest receiver and next man on the line of scrimmage (offensive tackle). Reads are the same.

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Our basic coverage is a rubber concept, with two deep half players. Our safety is the robber and our Comers are the deep half players, while our strong safety and outside linebacker are responsible for the flats. This coverage, at times and depending on the formation, will give us a nine man in the box look. Our base coverage vs. a pro set would be taught like this: Alignment Comers: Ten yards deep, two yards inside Wide Receiver (start at seven yards, inside shade, move to 10 x 2 by the time the ball is snapped) (See Diagram 1). Safety: Seven-eight yards over strong side guard (may start at 10 and over tight end) (Diagram 9). Diagram 9

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Example: Wide receiver cracks vs Rover, attack ball outside in. Wide receiver, cracks safety, attack ball inside out. Run away from you, get on a pursuit angle to stop the touchdown run. Pass: Play inverted halves. Must keep good depth, protect the post, react to every thing else. Always have awareness of number one receiver to your side. Wide receiver runs underneath, route check back side post, be ready to help . Safety - Run: Alley player to both sides. Attack ball inside out. Think quarterback to pitch on option. (Secondary fill player). Pass: Must get read from number two receiver strong side. Reads are: Diagram 12: No. 2 vertical, run with him man-ta-man. Diagram 13: No.2 out, look up No.1 and rob curl to post. Diagram 14: No. 2 drags, look up No. 1 weak and rob dig. Diagram 15: No.2 blocks, free up, get depth and look for second-level crosser.

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