Developing A Defense
The Seven Principles of Defense.
1. Position - all defenders must be in the proper alignment to carry out assignments correctly. 2. Defensive blow - the correct method of warding off the initial block of an offensive lineman must be taught correctly and executed before the defensive unit will hold up. 3. Recognize pass and react - never get beat deep. 4. Reading keys - defenders must immediately read and react to the established keys to tell if the play will be a run or a pass. 5. Protect your territory - each player has a certain territory that is his responsibility to protect; to be successful he must:
a. Know and understand fully what his territory is. b. What techniques he must utilize to protect it. c. The inclination to help his teammates protect their areas must be curtailed until he has done his primary job first.
Pile up . d. c.
6.once his initial territory has been secured. b.the final principle is to be sure that each time the ball carrier declares his path.
He must know the proper and line of pursuit and then carry it out full speed.not on. Prevent the break away run.
a. Demoralize the ball carriers. the defender becomes a pursuer.
. Pursuit . Gang tackling . Create turnovers. that all able and available defensive personnel are prepared to share the meat.The Seven Principles of Defense.
The players will execute properly. 2. Get excited and show enthusiasm!
. The players will believe in the defense. He must be able to teach the seven principles of defense to his players.The most important factor in the development of the defense is the coach. 3. 4. He must understand the seven principles of defense. 1.
Position .as a coach you must know the exact position in which a player must be aligned to get his job done first.
The biggest disadvantage that you can give a football player is to start him in the wrong alignment.
.The 5 segments of a defense that the coach must know and believe in.
your staff. c Adapt your defense to your personnel adjustments. What are the stunts that will work best from our alignment?
b. Weaknesses .If you are going to use stunts.what are the extra techniques you must teach your defenders when in a different alignment or stunting? 5.
. Determine what your personnel is capable of playing.you. How will we "cover" for our stunts?
3. and your players must know the weaknesses of your defense. Capabilities of personnel . b. you must ask yourself: a.your defense will only be as strong as your personnel playing it. a.2. Fundamentals . Stunts . 4. Compare your findings with the defense you will be asking them to play.
Creating A Defense
One basic method that many coaches use in calling their defense is to utilize a two-digit number to determine the number of defensive linemen and linebackers in the game. The first number telling how many defensive linemen are in the game and the second number telling how many linebackers should be on the field. 5 linemen and 3 linebackers Call 6-1. 6 linemen and 2 linebackers Call Gap 8. 5 linemen and 2 linebackers Call 5-3. 3 linemen and 4 linebackers Call 4-3. 5 linemen and 1 linebacker Call 6-2. 4 linemen and 3 linebackers Call 5-2. 8 linemen no linebackers
. Call 3-4.
man-to-man coverage with no free safety in the middle [usually with an all out blitz].two-deep zone coverage. Cover 3. Cover zero. Any stunt between a lineman and a blitzing linebacker.man-to-man coverage with a free safety deep in the middle of the field.four-deep zone [usually used at the end of the game or half when the offense must throw deep].three-deep zone coverage with rotation to the two-receiver side of the formation [can be called by direction. including: Any change in defensive line charge.Creating A Defense
Following the number call will come any variations from the base defense that you may call.
. Cover 1. Cover 4.left or right usually to the wide side of the field]. Any linebacker blitz. Any blitz by a defensive back. Cover 2. Any stunt between two defensive linemen.
which has a good passing attack
.Creating A Defense
Many defensive coaches think that they need to have some form of an eight-man front in order to stop the opponent's running game. You can use a defense with a seven-man defensive front if you commit one or more of your defensive backs to playing the run first and then being a part of the pass defense. With the use of four defensive backs. you are better suited to stop any team that you face.
once the ball carrier breaks the line of scrimmage he will have a long run. you can also run a Gap-8 defense where you line up a defensive linemen in every gap and play with three defensive backs. Corners must know there is no help deep in the center of the field. The six-man line can put a great deal of pressure on the quarterback if he sets up to throw. Two linebackers must control the inside with the two defensive tackles and are in great position to pursue to the ball in any direction. Easier to attack this defense and to not be overwhelmed with the charging linemen.6-2
STRENGTHS OF THE DEFENSE: With six linemen in the game. Because of lack of depth in the defense. KEYS TO THE DEFENSE: Defensive backs and two linebackers must be able to play man-to-man pass defense. In addition to the above defensive alignments.
. With only three defensive backs in the game we are limited to mainly one manto-man pass coverage. strong versus a running team especially for runs wide to the outside.
Down linemen keep the ball in the corner of the eye. LBs are 4 to 5 yards off the ball. CBs 3 to 6 yards deep. If a defensive back or safety is leading the team in tackles.5-2 Defense
Consisting of a nose guard. LB's first responsibility is to defend the run.
. safeties 10 to 12 yards. each man responsible for a certain gap or lane. and 2 defensive ends. -A coach wants his leading tacklers to be down linemen or line backers. However. Down linemen's first responsibilities are running lane specific. with the defensive end's primary concern being containment. it can be effective against the pass as well with five pass rushers and two or three linebackers. and move on the snap-not the QB's vocalizations or other personnel movement. 2 defensive tackles. it is a clear indication that the opposing offenses are getting throughout the first line of defense. DE may be called on to pass defend an area such as the flat. it is intended mainly as a run defense. then the pass. Linemen is to read and react to the play.
. Corners must know they are on an island on the split end side and. KEYS TO THE DEFENSE: Linebackers' ability to control the center area and run to the ball. Nose tackle must be able to control the center. although they have deep 1/3 coverage responsibility on their side. it should be strong versus a running team especially for runs wide to the outside. LB’s must control the inside with the nose tackle and be ready to pursue to the ball.5-2 Strengths
Must have a solid Nose guard
STRENGTHS OF THE DEFENSE: With five linemen in the game. The five-man line can put pressure on the quarterback. they have to come up fast if the split end runs an "out" pattern.
There are three line backers.
. a 5-2 and a 6-2 scheme. two normally at the outside shoulder of the T and 1 middle linbacker lined up behind the NG. 2 defensive tackles and 2 defensive ends. Two cornerbacks and 1 safeties are the standard.5. The 5-3 Defense can be easily shifted into a 4-4.3
The 5-3 Defense is a commonly used defense at the younger levels of football. The line normally consists of 1 nose guard.
Stunts are a common component of this defensive set. also known as the "Stack" defense. two cornerbacks. and a safety. particularly quickness in pursuit. the interior down linemen must be players of considerable substance
. four linebackers. The 4-4.4-4 Defense
The 4-4 uses four down linemen. relies on quickness. In order to run the 4-4 on a regular basis. usually with the some or all of the linemen stunting left or right and the inside linebackers stunting in the opposite direction.
which will draw them to the sides and away from their primary job of protecting a break through the line.4-4 Defense
The two center linebackers must read the guards. It has the advantage of four linebackers. The 4-4 is designed to stop the wide running game as well as the short passing game Don't let the linebackers get fooled by false runs. but sacrifices the integrity of the line. This is a well-balanced defense with great flexibility.
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