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COACHING FOOTBALL’S DOUBLE EAGLE-DOUBLE FLEX DEFENSE
© 2010 Coaches Choice. All rights reserved. The double eagle-double flex defense, featuring a unique twist—the addition of a second flexed defender—provides defensive coaches at all competitive levels with a whole new bag of tricks to stop opponents’ offenses. Coaching Football’s Double Eagle-Double Flex Defense offers the reader the following information: • Detailed explanations and illustrations that provide all of the information about alignments, adjustments, techniques, strategies, and tactics that coaches need to successfully install the double eagle-double flex defense • Over 300 explosive stunts that are adaptable to a variety of man and zone pass coverages • An overview of an easy-to-understand and -apply system of confusing blocking assignments by stemming the base front into multiple looks • The introduction of a distinctly different phonetic nomenclature that enables coaches to merge two or more sophisticated stunt maneuvers into a single stunt and then succinctly and expeditiously communicate the stunt to his players • In-depth explanations and illustrations of the adjustments and techniques necessary to install eight different pass coverages • Detailed explanations and illustrations of the techniques necessary to stop the most potent running plays currently popular in football • An overview of how to create a variety of strategies for dealing with empty, red zone, and wildcat formations
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COACHING FOOTBALL’S DOUBLE EAGLE-DOUBLE FLEX DEFENSE

COACHING FOOTBALL’S DOUBLE EAGLE-DOUBLE FLEX DEFENSE

LEO AND MARY HAND
OTHER BOOKS FROM LEO HAND: 101 3-4 Stunts 101 3-5 Stunts 101 4-3 Stunts 101 Aceback Bunch Plays 101 Bear 4-6 Stunts 101 Double Eagle Flex Stunts 101 Fire Zone Blitzes 101 Split 4-4 Stunts 101 Weak Eagle Stunts Attacking the 3-3-5 Defense With the I Offense Coaching Football’s 3-3-5 Defense Coaching Football’s Modern T Offense

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com Coaching Football’s Double Eagle-Double Flex Defense Leo Hand .© 2010 Coaches Choice.coacheschoice. www. All rights reserved.

coacheschoice. in any form or by any means. No part of this book may be reproduced. photocopying. ISBN: 978-1-60679-141-7 Library of Congress Control Number: 2010941738 Cover design: Brenden Murphy Book layout: Studio J Art & Design Front cover photo: ©Alan Smith/Cal Sport Media/ZUMA Press Diagrams: Marcus Graham Coaches Choice P. or transmitted. Throughout this book. All rights reserved. or otherwise. Printed in the United States. All rights reserved.coacheschoice. recording.O.com  .© 2010 Coaches Choice. mechanical. the masculine shall be deemed to include the feminine and vice versa. Box 1828 Monterey. electronic. www. CA 93942 www. stored in a retrieval system.com ©2011 Coaches Choice. without the prior permission of Coaches Choice.

........................................................................126 Chapter 9: Additional Coverages and Stunts................................................................................................................................................................ 9 Chapter 2: Five-in-the-Trenches—Responsibilities and Techniques .. 4 Introduction .................coacheschoice.......................................................................................168 About the Author ...................29 Chapter 4: Pass Coverage Techniques of Cover 1 ................................................................................................ 3 Acknowledgments ................. All rights reserved......................................116 Chapter 8: Incorporating Linebacker Blitzes With Five-in-the-Trenches Schemes ....40 Chapter 5: Base Cover 1 Stunts and Twists of Five-in-the-Trenches ..................................................15 Chapter 3: Stud......com Contents Dedication ..................................................................152 Chapter 10: Defending Empty and Red Zone Formations .................................. and Whip—Responsibilities and Techniques .............................176  ......................................................52 Chapter 6: Five-in-the-Trenches Schemes ............................... 6 Chapter 1: An Overview of the Double Eagle-Double Flex...................© 2010 Coaches Choice.................................................... www.......... Rover..............................................................................................64 Chapter 7: Creating a Different Twist for Five-in-the-Trenches Stunt Schemes ...

Texas. What’s in this book for you? The first eight chapters of this book focus on the base alignment. The UTEP offense. was totally baffled by the stemming and stunting of the Mustang defense. a 1AA team. techniques. The first nine chapters focus on stopping two-back and aceback offenses. faced UTEP.com Introduction In 2003.coacheschoice. www. and tactics that coaches need to successfully install the double eagle-double flex defense Over 300 explosive stunts that are adaptable to a variety of man and zone pass coverages An overview of an easy-to-understand and -apply system of confusing blocking assignments by stemming the base front into multiple looks The introduction of a distinctly different phonetic nomenclature that enables coaches to merge two or more sophisticated stunt maneuvers into a single stunt and then succinctly and expeditiously communicate the stunt to his players In-depth explanations and illustrations of the adjustments and techniques necessary to install eight different pass coverages Detailed explanations and illustrations of the techniques necessary to stop the most potent running plays currently popular in football  • • • • • . eight-man frontal defense that employs a three-deep secondary that utilizes cover 1 as its primary coverage. a 1A team. This discovery occurred when Coach Rich Ellerson’s Cal Poly Mustangs. adjustments. the Mustangs won the game 34-13 and held UTEP to 256 total yards. which towered above the Cal Poly defense. • This book offers the reader the following information: Detailed explanations and illustrations that provide all of the information about alignments. stunts. at the Sun Bowl in El Paso. speed. Although UTEP was far superior to Cal Poly in physical size. responsibilities. strategies. and raw talent. and coverage of the double eagle-double flex.© 2010 Coaches Choice. Chapter 9 explains in detail and illustrates seven additional pass coverages and their corresponding stunts. It became obvious that the addition of a second flexed defender would give the double eagle flex a whole new bag of tricks to stop opponents’ offenses. which is a gap-control. I discovered a unique twist to the double eagle flex defense—the addition of a second flexed defender. All rights reserved. Chapter 10 concludes with suggestions on how to defeat empty and red zone offenses.

8 8 6 9 7 5 4 3 2 1 0 1 2 3 4 5 7 6 9 D C B A A B C D Figure Intro-1 Figure Intro-2 Personnel groupings are designated by two-digit numbers. 22 personnel (two running backs and two tight ends)  . Note in Figures Intro-3D. weak ends) are aligned toward the split end. the following terms are defined and clarified as they are used in this book: • Strongside/weakside: The strongside is toward the tight end. These figures also illustrate how receivers are numbered.. www.g. All rights reserved..g. Strong defenders (e.coacheschoice. • Alignments are numbered as illustrated in Figure Intro-2. Because different words and phrases can mean different things to different people. red zone. Intro-3E. strong ends) are aligned toward the tight end. • Gap responsibilities are lettered as illustrated in Figure Intro-1.© 2010 Coaches Choice. 3 1 2 2 1 Figure Intro-3A. Figures Intro-3A through Intro-3F illustrate six examples of these groupings. and Intro-3F that the aceback’s number changes based on the direction of his movement at the snap of the ball. 21 personnel (two running backs and one tight end) 3 1 2 2 1 Figure Intro-3B. and wildcat formations A few terms will be constantly referred to throughout the text. The first digit indicates the number of running backs aligned in the formation. and weak defenders (e. and the weakside is toward the split end. and the second digit indicates the number of tight ends.com • An overview of how to create a variety of strategies for dealing with empty.

20 personnel (two running backs and no tight ends) 3 2 1 2 1 Figure Intro-3D. 10 personnel (one running back and no tight ends) 4 2 1 3 1 Figure Intro-3F.© 2010 Coaches Choice.coacheschoice.com 3 2 1 2 1 Figure Intro-3C. www. 12 personnel (one running back and two tight ends)  . All rights reserved. 11 personnel (one running back and one tight end) 3 2 1 2 1 Figure Intro-3E.

com 1 An Overview of the Double Eagle-Double Flex Figure 1-1 illustrates the base pass coverage of the defense. S FC E R T N M W E BC F Figure 1-1  . www.coacheschoice. and Figures 1-2A and 1-2B illustrate the base responsibilities versus the weakside and strongside run.© 2010 Coaches Choice. All rights reserved.

10 . Nickel-dime substitutions can easily be made without disrupting the overall scheme.coacheschoice. It is a four-level defense. • It is extremely flexible. which makes it enormously effective versus the run. www. • It’s an eight-man front that is easily capable of being converted into a nine-man front. which enables the defense to automatically adapt itself to any type of offensive personnel that is on the field. Almost every other defense in football is a three-level defense. All rights reserved.com S C E R T N M E W C F Figure 1-2A S C E R T N M E W C F Figure 1-2B Advantages of the Double Eagle-Double Flex Defense • It is new and entirely different from the status quo. Many coaches aren’t really sure how to block it and effectively game plan against it.© 2010 Coaches Choice.

Stud must close the seam between himself and the tight end and force the ballcarrier to bounce the play outside. because cover 1 is the primary coverage. Hopefully. Stud must jam the tight end and simultaneously read the near back. He assumes a two-point stance with his inside foot back. Versus a run in which the tight end blocks the 7 technique. he is a hybrid who can not only defeat the block of a big tight end or fullback and effectively shut down an opponent’s power running game. He lines up in a three. When the tight end releases. • The defense is sound versus the option—many eight-man fronts are not. All rights reserved. However.or four-point stance on the inside eye of the tight end. which enables it to utilize a wide assortment of pass coverages that differ from its base three-deep package. Strong End The strong end lines up in a 7 technique. Double Eagle-Double Flex Personnel— Requirements and Responsibilities Stud This player is both a linebacker and defensive back. and Stud must restrict the D gap and force the play outside. and his secondary keys are first the nearest back and then a pulling lineman. His feet should either be parallel or slightly staggered (inside foot up).© 2010 Coaches Choice. the following guidelines should be followed: • Use a defensive back versus 10 or 20 personnel. but can also leave the box and cover a swift wide receiver. • Use a linebacker in all other situations.com • It is easily converted to a four-deep secondary. If the near back’s movements indicate run. • Use a defensive back in an obvious passing situation versus any type of personnel. • It confuses blocking assignments by easily shifting into multiple fronts.coacheschoice. Stud must be able to instantly read and react to the tight end’s movements. • Its base is an odd front. He jams the tight end by stepping with his outside foot and attacking 11 . www. • An explosive stunt package can easily be installed into the system. Stud will normally cover the tight end by jamming him and aggressively funneling the tight end into the free safety. • Pass coverages are easily disguised from both a three.and a four-deep secondary. If the play is pass. His primary key is the tight end. He must be big enough and strong enough to control the block of a tight end. his technique will vary depending upon the coverage. Stud lines up in a loose 8 technique. which enables the nose tackle to attack and pin the arm in which the center of a shotgun offense uses to hike the ball. When a team is not blessed with a hybrid. • Use a defensive back when planning to blitz Stud from the edge.

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