2011 DEFENSIVE PLAYBOOK
By: Coach Jason Delbert Modified Football Team
No one can accomplish a task if he does not believe that what he is doing is the best way to do it. TEAMATES: You must believe in your teammates. athlete. Likewise. aggressive and smart style of defense. we must understand and believe completely in what our team is trying to accomplish. then you will not be a vital part of this team no matter what your abilities or talents may be or how perfect you may be.DEFENSIVE PHILOSOPHY
OUR DEFENSE IS
FEARLESS – AGGRESSIVE – DICIPLINED – SMART . If you do not believe in yourself. we are also a vital part of the team. If you believe in these three things then you will become an important part of this team no matter what your abilities or how much talent that you may have or how many mistakes you may make.
. in order to make each of you players the best person. If you take “pride” in playing this game or attempting any task throughout life.HARD HITTING
There are only three things that I ask you to believe in unquestionably. is the foundation on which we can build a successful football season.
Personal Responsibility In Dedication of Excellence
You will always find success! Failure to have pride will cause a weak link in the team. trust. and have confidence in yourself. he had 12 teammates. no one else will. If you as an individual have decided to dedicate your body and mind to football. As your coach I will dedicate as much time and effort as is needed and wanted by you. then we as a team must build him up. COACHES: Finally.
YOU MUST BELIEVE IN:
YOURSELF: To be successful in anything you must believe. Your aggressiveness and intelligence coupled with your own burning desire to be the best that you can be. If you have a teammate that you do not believe in. your teammates and coaches. if you do NOT believe in these three things with all your heart and soul. To have success defensively. You will learn the game of football but more importantly you will learn many important life lessons on the football field. then success will become a reality. Even Jesus had help. scholar and sportsman that you can be. you must believe in your coaches.
The key to a successful football season lies with playing a hard hitting. it only took one to betray him and his team. this team. We cannot accomplish anything of great value in life without help. care.
If you miss practice during the season. If you do not want to play in games or if you only want to participate during practice please inform me. It is important for your safety and the safety of your teammates. Be a good teammate. This is a game and it should be fun! Everyone likes to win. even myself. I believe strongly that the only way for players to become better football players is by gaining experience through playing time. I will make myself available almost any time to talk to you and your parents in private to discuss any issues. If you do not want to play football but still want to be part of the team talk to one of us coaches in private so that we can help you out or find something valuable for you to do to help your teammates. I cannot force you to play this game. I treat everyone the same regardless of age.TEAMWORK
TEAMWORK WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS! “IF THEY CAN’T SCORE THEY CAN’T BEAT US” FIRST AND FOREMOST:
As your Defensive Coordinator I PROMISE to each player that I will give you playing time during each game regardless of what the score is or if we are winning or losing as long as you have given me 100% effort during the practice week. I judge the season by the progress of each individual player. be a good teammate and help them out as long as it does not disturb or interrupt anybody during the training drill or practice. concerns or comments. or if they are unsure of what to do. You must also be ready to give 100% effort during games. still and always will be just a game. I demand that you always practice with the same intensity as if you were playing a real game. come see me so that I can teach you what you missed and bring you up to speed on what was practiced and taught while you were away. Communication is the key to making our team successful. size or previous playing experience. Effort. no walking on or off the field at anytime. 100% effort in practice along with full attention and intensity are vital to learn the fundamentals of football. Hustle. If you see a teammate struggling during a drill. smart’s and above all else heart. You must always be ready to take the field and know what we are trying to accomplish defensively. Along with the total progress of the team throughout the season. but I do not judge a season by win lose records. Football is a game of tradition. Regardless of which position(s) that you play. I only ask that any discussions be held before or after practice and never during or immediately after a game. toughness. I will help you develop yourself into the best football player that you can be. Anything less is unacceptable. As a team we are only as strong as our weakest link. I will teach you as much or as you want and can learn about playing the game of football. because each week I will specifically prepare game plans to attack our upcoming opponent. I plan and hope that we all have a lot of fun this year. Attention and Attendance in practice during the season will affect the amount of your playing time.
. I do not play favorites. but it is.
who is shifting. knowing the gaps and coverage’s. ACTION: who is dogging and blitzing.
. ACE: A Gap BLAST: B Gap CRASH: C Gap DASH: D Gap
DEFENSIVE PLAY CALLS. attack and stop any offense that we play.
A quick note. when a linebacker is sent to rush the play it is called a dog.
An example play call would be: “60 Monster Blast Cover 1” This simply means that we line up in our base 60 defense (see above) and the “Monster Linebacker” Dogs the B Gap. From these 3 simple things we can confuse. The Pass Coverage “Cover 1” means that the SPARTAN defends the middle of the field in case the offense is running a pass play. COVERAGE: Who is responsible for defending against a passing play and what areas that they are to cover. Used to call Dog/Blitzes call. WHAT THEY INCLUDE AND WHAT THEY TELL OUR DEFENSE
FORMATION: How we will line up. When one of the secondary (CB’s/SPARTAN) is sent to rush the play it is called a Blitz.DEFENSIVE GAPS AND HOW TO LINE UP IN OUR BASE 60 DEFENSE
GAPS: The Space between offensive linemen. Our defense really is no harder than knowing the formations that we use.
Remember the defense does not have possession of the football. The defensive ends are the quicker of the defensive linemen. There will be some defensive plays which will occasionally drop a defensive end into pass coverage. This is because they have to defeat lead blocks by fullbacks. MONSTER LINEBACKER: (LEFT INSIDE LINEBACKER) The middle linebacker always referred to as the MONSTER. Many defenses use one tackle and align him over the center. hence the name. When playing the pass his defensive zone is usually in the middle of the field. Their jobs are to try and get to the quarterback on a pass play (this is called rushing the passer) or stopping the run to the outside. tight ends and offensive tackles in order for them to make a tackle on the ball carrier. We will run what is called a 6-2 or 60 defense as our base defense. Our nose tackle will set the defensive huddle at the ball after each offensive play is over. This is the group of players who line directly across from the offensive linemen. The defensive tackles primary responsibility is stopping the run up the middle and rushing the QB. The MONSTER will be the player who gets the defensive play call from the coach and tells his teammates what the play is inside of the huddle. will line up in the middle the defense. in terms of alignment rules or pre snap movement. at about a distance of three to four yards.
The linebackers play behind the defensive line. DEFENSIVE TACKLES: The defensive tackles are the defensive linemen that are lined up at the inside or middle of the defensive line. defensive tackle and nose tackle. The MONSTER linebacker needs to be smart.DEFENSIVE POSITIONS PLUS RESPONSIBILITIES
Let's look now at the defensive positions. This is referred to as nose tackle or nose guard.
. and is trying to prevent the offense from scoring. This just means that defensive players can move around prior to the ball being snapped. always at the end. right defensive end. LEO LINEBACKER: (LEFT OUTSIDE LINEBACKER) The left outside linebacker is called the LEO and lines up on the left side of the defensive formation.” The defensive team has a little more flexibility than the offense. The MONSTER is responsible for stopping the run first and stopping the pass second. The LEO linebacker is usually the strongest of the linebackers. The linebackers are called LEO/MONSTER/HERO/RAIDER. There are two defensive ends right and left. The MONSTER tells the defense which direction the offense is strongest. tough and a respected leader by his teammates. This means that we will have six players lined up on or near the line of scrimmage (where the football is positioned). There will be two defensive tackles that line up in our defensive formations. DEFENSIVE ENDS: The defensive ends align at each side of the defensive line. “WHEN YOU ARE ON DEFENSE YOU ARE NOT BLOCKING. The MONSTER also helps his teammates and aligns them in the proper place while determining the strength of the offense. Our defensive tackles will be used take on blockers so that our linebackers can make tackles.
The defensive line is the unit comprised of left defensive end.
or by guarding an area on the field. The SPARTAN will be used similar to a linebacker who blitzes to stop the run. They will be lined up about even with the Monster and Hero Linebackers. The SPARTAN is an athletic. he will see on his wristband that the offense is probably going to run the ball. The RAIDER linebacker is the quicker. the secondary are primarily pass stoppers. The two types of secondary players are cornerbacks and safeties. This is because he has to cover much more ground when trying to make a play. will alert his teammates of the down and distance as written on his play wristband. SPARTAN: (SAFETY . The HERO linebacker will be the player who usually blitzes and runs to the ball. between his self and the sideline otherwise the offense will usually make a big play. which is called zone coverage.
. most athletic of the linebackers. They can NEVER let a ball carrier get to the outside of them.
The remaining positions in the defense are referred to as the secondary or the defensive backs. If there are no receivers lined up to the cornerback’s side of the field they will either stay home and tighten up their alignment closer to the rest of the defense or they will go find a receiver on the other side of the offensive formation to cover (ONLY IF TOLD TO DO SO) If the offensive play is a run. which is called man coverage. If zone pass coverage is called the cornerback will only defend a designated part of the field. but will also be responsible for stopping the run and blitzing as well. The Spartan. When playing the pass his defensive zone is usually in the middle of the field The HERO linebacker is usually going to Dog / Blitz. CORNERBACKS: (CB1/Field Side & CB2/Short Side) Our CB’s play like Linebackers. fast. The cornerbacks will line up on either the right or left side of the defensive formation. The SPARTAN is primarily a pass defender. While the Monster is getting the defensive call. they MUST force the ball carrier to cut back towards the center of the field. The secondary attempts to stop the pass by either guarding a receiver (or back. Cornerbacks stop the offense from gaining yards by passing by covering the Wide Receiver or Tight End that is lined up on his side of the field in man to man pass coverage.Deep Center of the defense behind the Linebackers) The SPARTAN is the called a free safety. The primary responsibility of a cornerback is to stop the offense from passing. If no Dog / Blitz play is called the HERO is to read and react to the play. both are described below. RAIDER LINEBACKER: (RIGHT OUTSIDE LINEBACKER) The RAIDER linebacker lines on the right offensive formation. So he alerts everyone to watch for the run. or like a cornerback who drops into pass coverage. Our SPARTAN will line up about 8 yards from the line of scrimmage in the middle of the defense. They are the last line of defense to prevent the offense from scoring. The type of coverage will be called by the coach when he calls each defensive play for the defense. smart. If for instance it is 3rd and 1.HERO LINEBACKER: (RIGHT INSIDE LINEBACKER) The HERO linebacker always lines up next to the middle linebacker and always on the right side of the MONSTER linebacker. sure tackler. or tight end). While the defensive linemen are primarily run stoppers. The HERO is responsible for stopping the run and pass by using a variety of blitzes and stunts.
ALL FORMATIONS AND PLAYS WILL BE EXPLAINED IN DETAIL DURING PRACTICE.
NOTE: Defensive players are the triangles
WE WILL MASTER OUR BASE 60 FORMATION BEFORE ADDING ANY NEW FORMATIONS TO OUR PLAYBOOK. Also. they have to protect against the run. They are primary run stoppers and pass rushers. and cover the pass.
Our defense needs to know the strong side or field side of the offensive formation because it will help us to better position our players to stop the opponent’s offense. They are (LEO/MONSTER/HERO/RAIDER).
We will master one defense at a time. The defensive linemen consist of tackles and ends. Same Side Multi Receiver Formations – CB’s On Same Side of Field Cobra 1 Blitz – Field Side Cobra 2 Blitz – Short Side Cobras Blitz – Both
. an offense will usually run the ball towards the strong side and or field side of the formation the majority of the time. DO NOT BE INTIMIDATED BY THE AMOUNT OF FORMATIONS. The more we know the harder we will be to beat. This means they will most of the time run or pass towards the area that has the most field or the most blockers. rush the passer. The positions of the defense are: Defensive linemen: These are the players who line up across from the OL. The cornerbacks and the safety (SPARTAN) are the positions that make up this group.
PLAY TIPS: All tips will be called From the Coach
LB Shifts: Laser / Razor/ Max = Left/Right/Middle DL Shifts: Slice/Slop = Inside/Outside Thunder/Lightning = Run/Pass On/Off = On LOS/Off LOS (position called by coach)
Double Cobra’s vs. Linebackers: These are the players who line up behind the DL.DEFENSIVE POSITIONS REVIEW
Defense is the team that does not have the ball and is trying to prevent the other team from scoring. Secondary: These are the players who cover the pass on most plays.
By reading this playbook you will get familiar with our defensive terminology. Used to call Dog/Blitzes call. If there are two TE’s Strong Side is determined by the RB’s. Cover 4: CB’s and Spartan & Hero Cover 1/4 of the deep field.
GENERAL Defensive Football TERMS:
SWITCH (SWT): Once The Offense Sets We Will Change To Our Real Defense From A Dummy Defense BACKSIDE: The side away from where the play is run. LOS: Line of Scrimmage PLAY SIDE: The side to which the play is RUN. DIVIDE: When two backs move in opposite directions. FLOW: When two backs move in the same direction. ACE: A Gap BLAST: B Gap CRASH: C Gap DASH: D Gap PINCH: All defensive linemen rush the inside gap.
Cover 1: Base call Spartan middle zone Cover 2: Hero & Spartan Play 1/2 of the field. WEAK SIDE: The side away from the TE. (the gap closer to the ball) LOOSE: All defensive linemen rush the outside gap. GAPS: The Space between offensive linemen. Cover 3: CB’s and Spartan Cover 1/3 of the field. (the gap further from the ball) CONTAIN: DE's use a contain rush FORCE: DE's use a hard rush LOAD RIGHT: Defensive linemen shift one Gap to the right LOAD LEFT: Defensive linemen shift one Gap to the left FIRE RIGHT: Defensive Linemen penetrate one Gap to the right FIRE LEFT: Defensive Linemen penetrate one Gap to the left NOSE TWIST: NT & DT TACKLE TWIST: DT & NT LUCKY TWIST: LDE & DT RAY TWIST: RDE & NT TORNADO TWIST: RAIDER and LEO CRASH First then RDE and LDE loop outside
Remember everything in this playbook will be explained in full detail during our practices. philosophy and team expectations that have been set for our defense this year. STRONG SIDE: The side of the TE.
OUR BASE Defensive VS OFFENSES