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Monday, April 18, 2016

Two Gap One Gap Defensive Line Play 2016 Mailbag

I've gotten quite a few questions since first posting about the Two Gap One Gap (TGOG) defensive
scheme. I'm going to answer what seem to be some unanimous questions about the technique to try
and further clear up some of the confusion. I myself have even been confused at times about certain
merits of the scheme, but have gotten clarifications over the past year and aim to shed light on these
questions than many readers have been asking.

The Two Gap Defensive Tackle Vs. the Double Team

When I first learned about the technique, it was mainly being used to allow linebackers (LB's) to walk
out of the box, and be better adapted to fitting against one back run games from the spread
offense. Most of the en-vogue running styles back then were pure zone in nature, or gap only to the
point of having the quarterback (QB) being led by the offset running back (think QB Iso or QB Power). As
time has gone on, and more and more teams are gap run oriented, the need to address the play of the
two-gapping defensive tackle (DT) in the scheme needed to be addressed. Quite simply, when this
player feels a double team, he is to sit and maintain gap integrity, looking to the hold the double team
and keep the scrape player from coming off and blocking the LB. Even though, as we know from
previous posts, this player is essentially "teeing off" on the guard in front of him, once he feels the
outside pressure from the down blocking tackle, he must fight pressure with pressure to avoid being
washed down. By doing this, it allows the LB's more time to fit vs. these spread gap scheme runs. If he
were to continue on his normal path, fighting into the A gap, this would create a large running lane, and
also give the scraping offensive tackle (OT) a free shot at the LB.

and attack what is being thrown your way by your opponent. is not to "base" out of the scheme. We have even gone so far as having just a two-gapping defensive end (DE) against some teams. When we break down our opponent. we look at the merits of traditional block down. step down (BDSD) vs. The idea here.One note. but use the scheme as a means to adapt to. but does have it's place against gap style run games. it fares better vs. To be quite honest. against gap schemes this past season we were about 50-50 in running TGOG. TGOG to see what will give our opponents more trouble. These are just subtle adaptations to the scheme to better allow you to prepare for what your opponent is trying to accomplish with their offensive attack. zone. .

lends itself very little room for the DE to execute an escape move by the time the ball has gotten out of the hands of the QB. Because this player. To first understand the scheme. is the fact that the two-gapping DE. will generally look to step up into the opening created by two factors. usually in a shade. will attempt to rush to the opposite side of the QB. so to speak. The adaptation. The QB. we must see its limitations when it comes to rushing the passer. The first is the two-gapping DT that crossed the guard's face and the fact that the DE to the two . or a hard set. Where the coaching comes into play is against either a true pass set. Against a true pass set. This can be difficult to do from a tight shade (remember. bull rush mentality to now one of containing a QB. This technique almost always results in the guard having to quickly collapse down to the inside to cut off the inside rush lane. he must work from a tight shade. By bull rushing. is largely ineffective in rushing the passer. which creates a perfectly timed stunt. such as slide protection. the two-gappers align tighter to their offensive lineman than the one-gappers do). as the one-gapper crosses the center's face has he rushes to the opposite side of the QB. The "elephant in the room". The DT's. a generally larger opponent. and will not get as much depth as the two gapper.Pass Rush Issues One of the largest issues with TGOG is that it reduces your ability to rush the passer from both sides. or big-on-big (BOB) protection. there are some teams that have very interesting "twist" built into their scheme that allows them to still attack the passing game with some aggressiveness. will be double team from the snap. The one-gapper. the two gapping DT. if given a pass set. or twist (literally) comes into play is between the DT's. has to keep contain against a pass set by the OT. will rush hard inside and attempt to work to the opposite side of the QB. The scheme is really THAT simple. While true in one respect.

gapping DT's side is generally a one gapper (unless there was a TE). but we don't see too many high school guards that can handle that and still switch off to take the shade. blocking the two- gapper will have a tough time coming off and blocking the shade. sees pass and then crosses the guard's face. . The guard. The result is the shade almost always coming Scott-free. The center. the two gapper is playing king of the boards (KOB) here. Remember. if he chases. I don't know about where you coach. so he bull rushes the guard. This opening is where the shade will fit in his pass rush and almost always will yield a sack or some pressure. most often gets caught up with the guard assigned to block the two gapper and the two gapper. because of the manner in which the two gapper attacks the guard.

. then attacks vertically to the opposite side of the QB.Against the hard set. The guard's initial push will aid the two gapper in getting to the opposite side of the QB from the snap. but it can be quite effective. If the center has gone away from him. the two gapper simply has to know what is the center doing. If the hard set comes from the center. then the two gapper will simply chip across the face of the center and then work vertical to attack the opposite side of the QB. If teams choose to slide protect against us. and from there will look to work vertically into the backfield. he presses into the near hip of the center. he will come flat across the face of the center and work to the opposite side of the QB. The quicker the DT's the better this "twist" works. while the two gapping three technique will loop around to weak side of the QB. The shade does the exact same thing! If the center hard sets on him. slamming into the center. then the two gapper will use the guard's push to slam himself into the near hip of the center. The nice thing about the technique is when we use it. we generally set the three technique away from the offset running back (RB) in the gun. then what they will be getting is the shade. If he gets a hard set to him from the guard. and then pushing vertically to the strong side of the QB.


the DE will play traditional BDSD rules and can be a bit more aggressive against the pass. if this LB has to leave the box. Again. TGOG might not be what you want to use. If you face an 11 or 12 personnel team that runs the ball 75 percent of the time. . two's or three's and the DT's are doing the same thing no matter if they are a two gapper or a one gapper. where if the LB remains in the box. you might want to use TGOG. In the past. the idea behind all of this is trying to figure out exactly what you need to stop to defeat your opponent.The other nice thing about teaching the technique this way is that you can still line up in one's. this DE will then become a two gapper. so his ability to rush the passer is greatly reduced. This means there isn't any new teaching based on alignment. there have been some calls. Multiplicity through simplicity! Some offensive schemes that do limit the effectiveness of TGOG in the pass rush game are those offensives that use 11 and 12 personnel groupings. is generally a two gapper. Good film study and game planning can usually help answer these questions. If you are facing a team with a good QB. However. that passes over half the time. The nine technique.

Early on some coaches attempted to have this player rush. but even so.The Rush DE. Where I work at now. the one gapping DE always boxes. we are able to keep it . but then "duck under" and wrong arm any pullers. there was some debate on the technique of the rush DE. There will even be times when we play this player in two-point stance so he can better read and react to the blocks he's seeing. By keeping him doing just one thing. Unfortunately this has proven just too costly in the grand scheme of things. we still have him just box. or kick out blocks. or the one-gapping DE. to Box or Not to Box In the early years of using the scheme.

In today's game. My answer is quite simply. but isn't run by your front. Being able to be multiple. the one gapping DE has had to even become the force player. I get many surprises about this. we've taken the "if this then that" part of the equation away from the player. It is a great scheme. In recent years with advent of Power Read and Inverted Veer and other edge plays. TGOG. or even adaptive within your own scheme needs to be the new M. coupled with run-pass options (RPO's). TGOG was mean to be an adjustment. . "I don't know". I don't know enough about odd front schemes to tell folks whether or not it will adapt. you have to try stuff. In today's game. so whether it will adapt will be something that will have to be done by trial and tribulation. but it's true. If a scheme intrigues you. Offensive coordinators (OC's) are too good anymore to just sit in one scheme. but I sure as hell would have it as part of what I was going to teach my players. It is much easier to be the force player when you know. I think basing out of what you defense was originally designed to do is what you need to do. What I do know. of today's defensive coordinators (DC's). and my answer has always been "no". find a way to adapt it to your scheme. To be innovative. is different. that you only have one way in which you react to certain blocks. has been around for quite some time and is easily coached. or quite simply don't run it. is you don't know unless you've tried it. no I wouldn't "base" out of TGOG. I don't think you can just "base" out of something without any change ups. were built on BDSD. Basing Out of TGOG I've had many coaches ask about this. I would "base" out that scheme. and allow our guys to play faster. Basically by boxing. For all intensive purposes. The scheme was born from the four man front. That's the beauty of football and being a good football coach. while easy to coach as well. Don't be a "cookbook coach". Most four man fronts nowadays. especially if my schedule was laden with spread offenses.simple.O. So again. TGOG For The Odd Front I must get this question at least once a week.

Hopefully this post will answer some of your questions on the matter. I have had the privilege this past season to work with one of the true innovators of the scheme and really get to see it's nuances. Hopefully there will be more to come from this upcoming season! Duece Posted by Duece at 11:09 PM .