After getting torched the first 2 seasons we played double wing teams, we came up with the following. Haven't lost since then. In fact, a few years ago we beat the #1 ranked team in our state that year 42-0. They were a DW team. At the time, we did not even have a winning record. We run a 5-2 alignment, with the TNT playing head up over C and OT's. The DE's play 9 techniques with their noses on the outside shoulders of the TE's. ILB's play at 4 yards directly over the offensive guards. They play deep so they can read and come DOWNHILL on everything. You don'twant to play them up tight where they get caught in things. Give them space to read and come downhill at angles. We play a double invert with our safeties. They play head -up on the WB's and read inside QB to far WB (easy to read both because they are so tight.) The CB's play 2x7 off the WB's and read WB / TE. The base philosopy of defending the DW is to recognize and defeat the BLOCKING SCHEME that they are running. Motion means nothing, backfield action means nothing. Don't key it, or they will make you pay dearly. Defend the blocking schemes and everything else falls into place. Blitzing / stunting is useless against the tight splits, and it usually just results in taking you out of position to make a play. They want you to key motion and try to do gimmicky things to stop them. The key is doing just the opposite. Stay base and disciplined. Make sure your kids understand what and why about the DW offense. TNT: The primary job of all the DT's is to engage and recognize double teams immediately. Once we recognize a double team, we work hard into it, with the sole objective of keeping the double blocker from chipping off and getting to the LB level. We will do everything in our power to maintain the LOS and work into the double teams. We have found that most DW teams have certain tendancies, no matter how they try to hide them. What we have found is that they usually put their best back on the same side as their best pulling G and T so that they can run the toss with that back. Usually the opposite back is the counter / reverse guy. Make no mistake, they run everything both ways, but they WANT to do it a specific way. That being said, we usually take a DT who is a smaller more agile guy (wrestler type) with great speed and put him on the side away from where the toss will go. We work on avoiding the cut block of the TE. The "2nd duty" is to be our chase-down DT and he reads the OT's block and pursues down the line. Rarely does he make a tackle, but he takes

reading inside at the TE's helmet. 1. We know that this is the primary duty of all 3 DL. His prime duty is to immediately recognize the double team blocks for the toss and keep the TE from chipping onto the LB. We take our immovable rock (hopefully we have one) and put him at C. We will NOT stretch toward the sideline. TE Cuts Inside: Scream "cut" to keep your DT's knees from getting blown out. but this guy in this spot is our best at that skill. The other guy is usually a bit quicker and better at chasing down. It may be from the FB (toss). so we practice our angles all week by putting cones behind the OT's during team scrimmage period. The ballcarrier is typically originating on your side if your TE is cutting. (This block only happens rarely. we will blitz directly upfield for a spot 3 yards directly behind his outside hip. bent in an athletic position. He is schooled more on counter. . can make the tackle from behind on occasion. aggressively looking to get to a spot 1 yard deep directly behind the butt of the near OT.away the cut-back lane and forces that TE to waste himself trying to cut. TE Man Blocks: Punch violently through his outside hip and drive him down into C gap. the playside guard (G) or the backside guard (counter). and it gives the ballcarrier even a split second of indecision. etc.) 4. We take our last DT and put him opposite the best back / pulling lineman side. Our reactions are immediate based on the action of the TE. trying to create an unholy mess. but it's coming 90% of the time. We always keep the outside shoulder free. We come down violently and at an exact angle to take the kickout on and squeeze C-gap as quickly and as harshly as possible. so run like a madman. fly. This will force the fly sweep inside to pursuit. TE Hook Blocks: If the TE looks to get outside position on us. going through the TE if necessary. If the guys on the playside have done their job. We cannot come down too shallow (logged) or come up field too far (kicked out). We fill hard THROUGH the outside hip of the TE. TE Blocks Down: A kickout is coming your way. Pursue down the line in a chase disposition. We will rip and run upfield. 2. (This block usually happens on their fly sweep) 3. We have our DE's line up in a balanced stance. His secondary job is to immediately recognize and disrupt the wedge. DE: DE's are the key to the whole deal. We put our more physical DE away from their best back to take on the toss.

Being on the outside shoulder allows us to defeat him if he is trying to hook us for the fly sweep. Beware of FB trap as you go. inside out. We will key the OG first steps as our "overkey" and then. We teach bench-press separation to any blocker that gets into them. and filling hard to make the tackle. 4. They are also the primary contain on the buck sweep. Look to rip under down blocks with outside arm. ILB: The ILB's will line up at 4 yards and their eyes will not leave the OG. sliding right under their near hip and making the tackle with the inside half of my body on the outside half of the RB's body. The RB will NEVER cross my outside shoulder. keeping the sweep on our inside shoulder. . keying through the QB to the opposite WB. They will align on the WB's outside shoulder at 5 1/2 yards. Adjust angle. He can see that opposite WB coming his way on any type of run play (counter. It also puts us in position to defend the off-tackle attack of the DW. Pursue to the inside hip of the near TE. it is buck sweep. Key FB as underkey. as we are reacting. TE Releases for Pass: Scream "pass" and punch violently through his outside hip and drive him down into C gap. outside in angle. and keep your eyes on your landmarks. 1. 2. and adjust accordingly if that is your underkey. OG Wedge Blocks: Destroy the wedge immediately. OG Pulls Backside: Downhill toward backside holes. Check A-gap first for FB trap. NO clean release. 3. If he is coming to. rip under down blocks. Invert Safeties: Usually our best athletes and our best tacklers. Run downhill to fit into playside C gap. fly." Our more physical and decisive LB is opposite their best back.5. then come down hard for counter or toss in the opposite C-gap (happens very quickly. toss. Keying this way gives your safety an almost immediate read on the play. we key the backfied as our "underkey. If the FB is not coming to. We practice hard on seeing the WB in our peripheral vision as he blocks down on our DE. We coach the safeties to attack at an outside-in banana angle to all C-gap runs. OG Pulls Playside: It is either buck sweep or off-tackle "G" to the FB. and get to the ballcarrier (we often make tackles for losses on this read). not a bounce and read or shuffle and read kind of play). etc). The idea is to knife UNDER all the pullers as they square through the hole. it is G and you will meet him in the hole. OG Blocks Down: The ball is coming our way right now. Put your best away from their best back. ripping underneath down blocks as you go. Rip through down blockers as they come.

The middle S is looking to help the CB's on the deep post or to disrupt the TE as he tries to cross on waggle action. we rotate out to rob the middle of the field and help with deep alley support. CBs: The CB's line up 2x7 off the outside shoulder of the WB and read the Wing / TE. If we have a good CB. It's really playing our base defense at it's most disciplined level. That's it. which comes from reading the QB and hearing the call from our fellow players. We watched a team play a 43 scheme and have their STUD MLB just read the triangle and penetrate / pursue all day. this is a good sound scheme. we are in the flat. knowing the buck is coming. we will rotate to flow based on our QB read. If they recognize the WB and TE blocking down for buck sweep. This is their entire pre-snap focus. I can't say how successful your team would be if you installed this just for a DW opponent. they come up particularly hard to help. On run defense. They know they may get help inside from the rotating S robbing the middle. If the QB comes to. They are generally looking for post and corner routes. we will generally put him wide side. . they scream "pass" 3 times and drop into deep halves. they are purely outside-in contain players. so it doesn't take a lot of tweaking for us to prepare for the DW. but we find that this gives us the best opportunity to shut down the base plays of the DW offense and force them to do things they typically don't enjoy doing. This is very similar to our base defense. The flats S is looking for the FB out of the backfield or the TE crossing. I've seen a number of other things work well. If they read pass at the snap.For "pass". particularly if the principles of of your base defense are radically different than what I've outlined here. They come at everything at an angle. It does have its weaknesses (as any scheme does). If the QB goes away. But. and that was very effective. It has worked extremely well for us over the past 3 years. where all 4 DB's drop into quarters coverage. We will also run a pure cover 4 from this look on passing downs.