Sherwood JV White Knights

DEFENSE

Criteria for Playing Defense
Rule #1: If they don’t score…we don’t lose! 1. You must be a great tackler. 2. You must play with Enthusiasm. 3. You must be tenacious at creating turnovers. 4. You must do your job and trust others to do their job. 5. You must be mentally prepared to defeat our opponent.
Knowing your alignments & assignments are a condition of your opportunity to play.

6. You must possess a burning desire to pursue the football.
“A man’s value can be measured by his distance from the football when the whistle blows”

Key Aspects of Positions
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Noseguard - will line up head up to the center, able to command and fight a double-team Tackles - will line up head up on the offensive tackle and rely on quickness to fill gap Inside Linebackers (Stud, Mike, and Whip) - line up behind three linemen, often blitzing Outside Linebackers (Hawks) - contain responsibility, stay home on counter & reverse Cornerbacks - plays pass, must come up on run Free Safety - middle zone in cover 3, must come up on run

Gaps and Receivers
3 2 1 2 1

D

C

B A

A

B

C

D

• • •

Every gap is labeled A-D Every eligible receiver is numbered on each side of the center from the sideline in Strength calls will be made by both Mike and FS

Base Alignment
3 2 1 2 1

C

LH

LT S FS

N M

RT RH W

C

Defensive Huddle
3 yards M S T N TW C H FS H C sideline

• • •

Mike receives the signal from coach on sideline, references wrist coach and calls play twice to huddle Mike will then yell “Ready” and rest of defense will yell back “Hit” while clapping their hands at same time Mike makes strength call

Strength Call
tight end “strong right” multiple receivers

“strong left”

• • •

Strength is determined first by tight end If balanced, look to side with multiple receivers Otherwise, strength called to wide field

Base

Alignments

Split-6 Able

C

H

T S

N M FS

T W

H

C

C

H

DE M

T T W FS Razor

DE

H

C

Split-6 Baker

C

H

DE T M W FS

T DE

H

C

C

H S FS

T

N

T W

H FS

C

Base

Base Line Calls

Pinch

C

H

T S

N M FS Strong

T W

H

C

C

H

T S

N M FS Weak

T W

H

C

C

H

T S

N M FS

T W

H

C

C

H

T S

N M FS

T W

H

C

Blitzing Basics
Crash Blast Axe Axe Blast Crash

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Calls will be formation-slant-blitz-coverage Most blitzes are simple man calls and the LB takes the gap not covered by their stacked defensive lineman. Examples (all from Base alignment): Base Mike has the Mike LB blitzing the weak A gap Strong Stud and Mike has Stud in strong B gap, Mike weak A Hurricane - all three ILB blitz

Base Whip

Base Mike

C

H

P S

N M FS

Q W

H

C

C

H

P S

N M FS

Q W

H

C

Base Left Hawk Stud

Base Stud and Whip

C

H

P S

N M FS

Q W

H

C

C

H

P S

N M FS

Q W

H

C

Strong Whip

Strong Right Hawk

C

H

P S

N M FS

Q W

H

C

C

H

P S

N M FS

Q W

H

C

Strong Mike

Strong Whip and Right Hawk

C

H

P S

N M FS

Q W

H

C

C

H

P S

N M FS

Q W

H

C

Weak Hurricane

Weak Mike

C

H

P S

N M FS

Q W

H

C

C

H

P S

N M FS

Q W

H

C

Weak Left Hawk

Weak Stud and Left Hawk

C

H

P S

N M FS

Q W

H

C

C

H

P S

N M FS

Q W

H

C

Pinch Stud

Pinch Double Hawk

C

H

P S

N M FS

Q W

H

C

C

H

P S

N M FS

Q W

H

C

Pinch Stud and Whip

C

H

P S

N M FS

Q W

H

C

Pass Coverage - FS & C
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We will usually be in Cover 3 Corners are 5 yards off, outside shade of #1 receiver Exception: if receiver goes past outside numbers, stick to numbers FS lines up to receiver strength call, which he makes after seeing formation Corners and FS split field 1/4 - 1/4 - 1/2, with quarter field to strength FS keys off end of line to his side (usually TE), looking for stand-up into pass protection or release to route Corners face split between their receiver and end of line, looking for same key

Pass Coverage - LBs
1 2 1

H C
1/4

S FS
1/4

M

W
1/4

H
1/4

C
1/2

• • • •

Hawks / Stud / Whip participate in under zone. LBs read through their triangle - tackle/guard to near back First read step is ALWAYS forward, look for key, then react H / S / W / H split under zone in quarters

Split 6
• • •
We will transition into Split 6 from 3-5-3 from time to time, particularly to stop a run-oriented offense. The Stud position moves to Left DE, N moves to RT, RT moves to Right DE Will call simple blitzes out of Split-6 (Mike, Whip)

3-5-3

LT S E M T

N M T

RT W E W

Split-6

Split 6 Defense Positions
3 2 1 2 1

H C
• • • • • •

E FS M

T

T W

E

H C

Tackles - down linemen responsible for A & B gaps Ends - down linemen responsible for C gap Mike / Whip - inside linebackers responsible for A & B gaps and pass coverage Hawks - outside linebackers responsible for containment Cornerbacks - responsible for #1 receiver and come up on run Free Safety - covers #2 on the line (usually the tight end)

ABLE Formation
3 2 1 2 1

H C
• • • • • •

E FS M

T

T W

E

H C

Tackles - responsible for A gap Ends - responsible for C gap Mike / Whip - responsible for B gap and #2 or #3 receiver out of backfield (read near back) Hawks - responsible for D gap (contain) Cornerbacks - read #1 receiver, come up on run Free Safety - covers #2 on the line

BAKER Formation
3 2 1 2 1

H C
• • • • • •

E FS

T M W

T

E

H C

Tackles - responsible for B gap Ends - responsible for C gap Mike / Whip - responsible for A gap and #2 or #3 receiver out of backfield (read near back) Hawks - responsible for D gap (contain) Cornerbacks - read #1 receiver, come up on run Free Safety - covers #2 on the line