3 Deep Pass Defense

The defensl.IDve. eight~ma.n (remIts, Ute !be fi:fiy .

Monster Defense,

Fif~y-three; .. iny""tnree Stack, ,and lot.OOrs, have grea!ly :incre.ased the In.·terest: mn !be t,[hree-dee.p "ocked-ilml zone (nol'rotatrnon)1 the revolving zone, and three,·de.ep man...,tl>-man pass defense ~ The o.bjective of the three ..dlee,pl lone J);31StS defense is to stay as deep las tbe' deepest, rooeilvtl' and as, wide as the widest receiver, Whw]e 't,he emght-man foo,nt defen.sive teams are basically zone piass defe.nses" there ar-e limes, when ~hetltree""deep'seoondary wiU pll:Y DUU1to-man IcoviUBlg:e run,demeaU)1 (de£emstve linebackers), three-deep m~nt,o-man ,~n the secondary, 'or ,3 C(l'mb.iMUO.ml of zone aid. man-to-man PiSS, defense. ICombine these secondaries and undemeath coverages with a ,strofng rush or boldin,g,.upl pOttentrn,flll pass receivers, and this se-cQrndazy offers. ,a,'v,aried a!sortme~lI"l for defend~n@ 3l,g~_[nstthe p8JSoS
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COACBl .• PAS'S DEFENSE G An ollitstandlng pass d,e.fendel' has: poise and the confidence that' be can mate the big pIa;" in a c;~utc.,h silua~illo.l He must have a ib~minl deske ... 10,m~arke intercepdon 'whe·never 'tI1e opposition puts the. ban lotiO' the ,air. IIW AU of IOiUrPISS defenders are coached to oommUniCa!lfl 'w,wtheach I~t:hef' oo,mtiJn~al:~y,just prior to the snap of the bal", as we'n as 'wbi~e. he baD t '~s~ l ~pmay.The oUJtstand,wng pass defender c.onfilluaJ'U,Y practioes, to improve m hmsreactiom d me ,and cOlstaatly wOirk,s on his pass covemge tecbnique and 'on sprintrnngblck to his 'targel' areas, The pass defende:r mu:si ie~ltmto mad his 'key,-, ,and if'la. zone coverage p,a~tem his, been caIled, he must keep bils eyes on the passer zone caU.,
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andc cover more' ,gn)'~.ndl in, an auemp,t to mte~oept 'the ball, Wilen it is impossible '10 make the ~:ueroeptialElii ,8.:pm,per p~.'UI,1! ,COIJ.U'Se ~may-w, o.,f( tJne., ~Cimg run, The c pass defender mns't 'beUeve iQ, '(be pass ,det:e.se,., ThereloN'" all "" our secondary defend,em m't!iS'£kllO'W their plJi:Oper pursuit. course versus the run at 'weU IS the' pass, If 'the .pass, receiver m.aik:e~s,the ea~,cJ1 in 'tbe pass , e:fe.nder"s, area, the 'pass, receiver w:" be fo eed to drop the. ballr. ::fit 'the receiver makes a ca'lcih in 0, p,al1:i cI1IJ,8;:r' zeae, 'we expect tne :PaJss,defender i. 'iha zo:ne. 'IUO make up :~or bb;, udstake by making an, injtercep~ti,on on the next pass In hilS, m(ll.e~'We wanrt OU" secondary S.O ,c:c\1!'J:fide.mJl. t~tJ.att'hey hope :the o,PPOSirti01R win PUlt th~ ball in the air, because once t ae baH is in th,~ air, .~ Is o.~5,! " ~,Et
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118.,101 Iive receivers .. ,As, Sl06n as the passer ~hro~t.s title ball, the. defensive serondm:y' aDd linebackers ,Me' icoae_-ed to y,ell uB,aJUu As, soon as D, de[emder im;te.r:ce.pu;a pass, he is; eeaelaed to' yelll ~'Ii, ·inglJ~: 'Tlids puts !he
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the: ofi'e,nse and ,defl!s the :biilteT.Oeptor's teammates to block, Wlh.'en iDt.e:r-oeptln,g 'the bq." the de.feooeT.' is m:ugb.t l'O go t'tu"o,u,g'h,' he
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look, the baD into :his :bmds", and catclb the bal. a.t its

highest P~)iDti' Durin,g pT'aJetice se~siQns,the deJ.ens:iv-e backs, use botlh on] ,mB baud s~gnals to ea '£he pass de.fense,., AH defensive secondazy members are 'taWlgh,t t~, co,mwunlcar£e, ,lit ai, thnes wlt.h one aJn,oJth~r" Ifdle demonstration ~e.;am,tin practice, comp,le:tes a,bo,mb agamstthe defense; all me seco,ndamy amtd Jl~Debackiers. ~ coached '£0, chase the receiver "~il~O'the lend zone, ud, 1t!oUlc:h hlm,

wUl co:mp:~e~e.,ce.rtru'Q p'8sses 'whe~heE' we are in a zone; mao to mall'f or a " COmbmD3,HOD gil these twa~rull don' l .[pf.i:nic The defeD!i ve unit :must be ~ tau.ght the weak pointS as weU as £h~ stt-ong point , IOf aU pass dmen,ses;;
The. change-up pass .;avem,ge;s, phis a combmni3l~ioD Oil blitzes. ilIad, ,odd ad even rnshing rtech£!tlQU\e,s,~ will belp' to foreethe ,off,ellMV,e pas,s"i:ng ,attack
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T,be defeJ1JSiwe cooIdbmlat'Qf' must' seD, tlfl.e pd:n,eruple thal,t ~Jbreopposidc'D, .

number !il,f mistakefs.. The coaches mustseess the importance of rtbe

defense being' flO. file proper p ace ,at ~he right time, and 'the)' w ilU force tim oppo,s·j]tio:l] oliO :inter--cepUoNS.~ f~li!JllJbIDes and missed assI,gnme.nts.~ 3i
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lIlUFU),ifance to, pass ctet:er,mde~s, is baCk ped'alling; whic:b enables tbem flO ,mOIYe-, 'backward 'whrn]e .keepiflg the potential receiver and. passer ,'~:n.fru:.lJ 'v,jew" 1n teaching this defensive ·techn ~q the Icoach 'must U!e" be. smre the delemdel be;udstds ·body., drops: ms h~ps,. and hugs his teet· close to dm Ifoum'd (drag steps) as; ne, .retreats from the Ii nBc f scrimmage, o TIme·[UlMer sh,o!uid ,drop back 'by .wnn,wng on Ebe balls of" rus .feet:. Hi s arms sho[Qld pump' ~ike p~8tonslt enablln,g him to gain speed and stay on balance, ,short steps shotdd be used 'by' the pass dele.ndel' 3iwd. hws .k:rrefUi, mest be. flexed ..He ;sh~JlllJl.d have a s)Qlid base 5U t-:, It he ·w.ffiU abl,& £0 !'eact be to a-n:yinside or oums.~de move 'by the paS-Isreceiver, Once tffile defender bas, lost lllis lequired ICll~hi,o.m.011 the pJ'tleDitial re.,ooiver, he. ms ooac:hed toturn and run di reet!y' {orr 'the .PQtentii:a~ receiver as quickly as p05,sibl'e~ Tben he ,;"5 icoached ro watch nhe pote;mrt:ia= .recei~er~s ey.e's•. As soon as, the eyes enm,a~ge"si.gn31liro.g lh~t. the 'ball], is, ,about. to be caught'!1 tffile' defender' s.howd 'tbrow' tW.p· Ws arms jn fromm of me .poteaUal,
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'The d~reQde!r SDDUld gOI 'fox'mhe ball, taking f:h,e s.]lodes.t and ,most .'.ffifec~route .. The seoondary de,fend.er should go for tbe' iIWterce;pthln ,a~the higbest pojnt.,-, ,ex®enAing nws anns and twis.ting his b' ps, ·(iowa.rd. the InemIDded.rec.eihlcr,. .J ~SE bef;OI~ he makes the i:nterc.ep'llODl ~ he should shout iii'ilB" • In' '~I !II..' ilk' .~ ..,. :L .."'nijgol~' itO Iid~'11 ,3 11, o fi- .1Il,]teammates tlJa,t ne .JS atte:mpun.g Ilf) m~ ....,.. ~~lJe ~ S imt,erioop\tiOD., TlD8 ,ca]]! also alerts the othef' pass defendle(f's to 'be ready to b~ock for the mnrtercept-QI1or relet to ,8,~jppedOf ba1.ted ban .. As soon all the inter.-ceptwon lis made" 'Ule defender SbO:Ul~d b'r.eak for the sidelines and. sprint £01" the goal .I~.1le ~ StJUPPING T.!B.EINTENDED RECEIVER . If t'he defensi Vie. back ·CalnRQ,t,get 'to' the pass f"C~i.ver "'0 ~ime ito make ·the jntereepUon~ he should ..put his, slJ.oulder hiJl~Othe intended re'ceh~er' s
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reaches· tlle target, the defender s·hom~d.bring bi's, InD'S lJrpwaid or down ... w>.d~ol auemp; .'0 :knock the ball loose by :s'r~·ppb~.g pote,od.ru. receiver ,t].~. of the ball,
;SECOMl:ARY'O OC'K :PRO,TECTION

,One :iJnpo-rt:lnt phase at coa;·cbi.n,g the defensive :se~ondary 'W,S, coachling the defenrde,r fin, how' to defe,at a d,ownfie:rnd 'bWoct,. The caaeh:~Dgpoints

comitn,g up 'oodei oon,O,"olwi.th the d~felldel"s ,snoumders pand]ld ·t.othe.. [me ,ef scrimmage SiO' he ,(;;:1.0, fight elf{ Ike block and make the tackle, H' tbe bioc'ker uses a 10'w' r;ollhlg O~ 'choppingbl.ock, 'the de'fe,mslve back must USe bis arms and haniJ'i, to ward off the blliOcker',,. mai::Jng su[-e
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The dteep!defender must defeat the block ,and force the btdl carrier to ,cut Inside. This wiU tum the ball! carrier ins':" de: iDto the d.efensirve pursuing Wlil~ If the baD carrier breaks ,ouuilli~, the. defender mu,st ceme off 't'he block ,H'G h:e must ma!kfe 'the mckll!e.. WiLe.n '~lledefellsivis 5econdllry back re.oa'gniZes the play is a 'run~'he :must .,ttal:k t'be ball cam er on Of near the Un~ of scrimmage. The d[e:f~ndec :shoumdl take OWl the bl.ockef( at the I~~ 0" scrimmage, \lsmg the same :alDD~ same leg b~ock p(fo:tect~o.n techDique~ The defender shGruild defea£ lfhe

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he: :s:tays beaten (doe:!, Dot '[,oU up Jnto dit defend~r"s, ·'sg,s),. The rdet:ender must use his, showde,' '01' fore;am1.if the bill acker' ~"mrplJ:s 'to snoot bleckthe defender ln t'tte numbers ~
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c-d VeT~na,m;m~®~l·'maD assignment, ~h~ d~fefjdef' ~s, oa,c;!fue, to use a more c pMallel stance. maintrin~ng eq ual balance between the ~;WiOIfeet, he d.~~~ID,sj safety-man U5e1 .a ;mOR "araUeW stance when tH5S~gned ve to ,I. zone pass defense because !he ,may mOVlI· qRlick1.y in any direcUon" depend ing upon the offen Sl'VC maneuver. H~s knees s,tiou)d be &x.ed s.l~gbdy", wiltb. the. we~gb! on, ~heba.m~sQf hffis reet His arms 'ho uld hammg: I
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and rate a pi:cUlI~ of' the pm:ty., l( drop .. aC'k pus sho'ws ~'he "sbould WOpl b stta~gh[ bac.k: 'for the deep ,mmddl,e tUlet area, Key the qU,lnerbact, at ,aIm times. WalttR'r.he 'qu,aR,erlJae,k,'s: feet' and the.:D react to the :,a,s&er';s stiormd,-, ders w'hich wiU "nd,jeate the di'Klc~iDn of the :pa'si_ Once the baJlbas been passed" take. lm:Je ,s.:tloaest. and most difectroute ,posswble.''0' the ban .. , 'Toe a short ~ad step' back ,and I:print {orr the t.~et area, geu.":ng w~d'th. and de"tb to reach the dee,p outside ooe-:tllird ,Mea as, soon as, ,po§ib~e~ two recei vers are in. tbe deep olltside o,ne-lhird zone, U C()Vei' ,the dee:pest ,a_nd w~des~lIOOeiver in the outs,ide one.. hird zone, t
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SU,p'purt tbe Run~ Tate ,3: s: on step back ,and, then support the sweep fliorm,am jns,[t(lc"'D'UJ lngj!e:, wming up iDltmd:e the co:merbarC'k"s . Oloe-conta.in pO&~lffioll., Iff-he baH ,gets ,ou~.sidethe comerbackC- s pOl~don, the ,sa:f.et.y mlust blkJe a ,proper fl~(,all.gle to the sideli Desto' CU~ ball. Qff~ l'f due ball ,cams' the ,rnn:! up the middle or ctruts off racJde" the safetyman should <come undetr cOJ),tr(») and ,b-epi bi,s. simlolllldefJ square t() the iifte.' of :scriAlmI,ge as ,he attacks 1m ball, carrier.

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SPI.".itllt:t :P81·5 To,~ T,ake a quid{ step backward.!o 'the outs,~de and read the action ... As the quart:ew'b~(;t s.p;rints toward .:the eomerman .. he shou d, sprii~n.er the tatget area and 'maimtaln 3.DI Qu.tside ...n posJ.twon on the, bIlU._. f t K'~epl the feceiV-eI'h'l ,Y'0ur zOQe (thm'oo yxds) ,on Y<l,ur inside. shoruJlde;r" Hang and tben level off at seven y.ds dee.p 0(1" i.print ba,ck the deep - outs:i:de one-third earget zone: ..

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area, ,oma. freeze or '[begin to' m.illl iN,) cover the deep 'two-'~hirds zone. Keep the potenttal receiver on 'nhe, inside shoulder, Check the near side halfback fOJ" a PQ1s:sibWeIht~w .. ad · b 1'Bl8S" if hvo recei vers in ilhe ZOlie p'] a~y ·the
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R' n Support T"O'i Take a qu]ck step back with the rO·~its..id;~oot a,rnd f supped the " 01 from. an outside-in angle, 'The defender shoiC.dd come under oolntrol, keep his shou~den;, :pa;raUe:~to the line of $cri'mma.,ge,~,,aud f;ome-c\onta~n the sweep from an olJitsid,e...n angle .. M'ee~ the l,ead blocker i as ~ough and. tight as pos;s,jble.. He sitou'rnd, not ,go so deep that the 'bl,~)c'ker ean tuen the defender outside. This would open up II, fiu]Jn~l fOIT the ball carrier ~ The def.end~.r .s.houild .Iive ground grudgin,gly, and gel riel of the bmocker' 3:5, s,o.on. as possible ~ I.'

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defend. a,gaiesE the ball ~If th~ Q,1!marte.rollck d.oops, ,Siu"ai,ght back in a po eket In, the middle of the 'fi~]!dl the -de:(end;ecs 811cUJ~d,sitan t~b:ejr drops on a. 45 d~ree ,a'ng'~e, ith 'It'be middle saf!et.ym~D dFO,pphl,g oR in:t't'l, his WJiIDd)d me w
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.As staJ®ed.prev1Do~,u~~y,. se.co~d.1zy de.fend~rs drop off ,arm d;egre~ t11.e 4;5' arhg~es ,88 hlng as, d)~ 'b.:a:U ts ill. the middle or the fI~ld, main taw nbu\rg' a ·nhlee·by·=(Mee;. ru"d relatlon~h~pOB the po\te:ntia.~ receiver in his, wae .. The y
dxee}-: ..,'-Uu~ee:re~ation8h:~p constsrs o.f a thooe-Y[Md eu shjon laIteraly and a tbree-ya [d zene c'UshioA veltically .. . f the dee.·p defenJd!ef is, em¥~Iin!: an area 'betw'e-em _be h~slb mark ,mid I the sa-yard, .~mag~narylbte.; from the sideUne he .shom~d.drop back more

on. a s1r,aiigbt.·Uwe since the widlth [of the as~i.gwed: %lORe has been lessened ..
UlREE-DE·EP C'ALLS 'The m·~ddle.safety-maD calls the secondary coverage calls, to hils fellow &eoQrnd!ary and lInebacke.I' teammates, The eoverage ,ClUS are based IIliJU)11 the of'~m;si'Ve forma~io,Ii\II' later311 v;enic,al field POSi'ti-O'l1,. score, .... dowll-di.s:tanoe relationship, and dnite le.ft in the game, The middl:[e:

w.bich is. a eo..nlbmadon [o,t T'wlo, ,alit! ThJ::e~: CO"\I,emge), and ,Ma:n",to-M'aml."

SI{'etynNtma"iDthe ·'ih.l'ee~",deepsecC)ndalJ' may caB Ol1'6· f four oo'\l'~e o ca~ls: CQ."~E 0'00" COiV\er Two, C:ov,er Tl1Jfee (and: ICorver Twenl~y,.~iluee;, .

.1'74' A1l of the '~onner coverage caUs are zone, w'ith the last the conly man-'(\o-

man assignmenr.

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Use walk-away posltlca tbme y.~d s deep aDd. split ;l1e

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di.ffere.nce 'between the 'wid~ receiver and the ' ext eligible receiver,
.Responsibilit;y:: Spri:nt Toe CQiV1e.r th~ Oat .. S.priftit Aw',ay:, Spd.Qt.1UJ the' deep nliddle ,one-'thIDird zone and replace the revel viJn:g .safe~YDllul who has s.prim~d. to. the play side deep one-third zone, Df,OP .Back: Cover' the fl •. ,

Stance: See SUAce,. Alignment: Set. ,~l1gnmemt~

RapOllSi hi I ilty:· S.print.Away; Drop outside one·g,hird ZODe .• Drop Back: Dro:p' outside tme-thDd ZOiJiiU:.
S.p.riJ.lJt Tee D:rop Qitl!tilide. IJOO-JhiriJ. zene,

Stance~ S~ stance,
AI.i1,gmncnl,= S ee al'~glIDmeDin
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Respomlbility:.,
SPOIl,t;T(~ (Weft:): Dee Pi midd~e one... tbk:d zene. S,.print Aw;ay (right): Saf.e·~ymaD revolves to defend 'the deep' ·0utsWe. one ..t'ihird, zone to Uu::: side: of the ,s;p,n.IllJt"Qure lPass.:er~ The .s.afetym3ll'll ml~lst galn w·'dth and then de.p~bto hils ztl,ne and then, 'play the ball .. Th~ sale·tlman mv,ol'v'cs as, :500.D as as the q,uarIrt~rback. ,sprints outdd,e of dle ,guard

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Rl;ght' CO'l.'1ae:rman

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.s\lall~e:. S ee stance ~ Allgn.menf: Spdnt See ,alignment.
R.es,pomlilbUity,

S.a!!fetyman yeUs 1il""Ro,tafon!" as soon as the sprblt-'out passer spd.n:its oilllrsffid\e 'l:bt :'uard box, The right eornerman snOiuld s:buffie back. Dr bang until he hears the e.ltt He ~he.IiIlcharges the reoeive.r31M steps up and lands- off the oiurtsfde to, dG:fe;, d the nat zp.m~ re his, side~
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Res'ODSjb~UtYi Sillint To: Hang ,and, the,OJchug the poib~~:o;tW receiver ~ Leve I,off and cover t1!le'Hat:zone to tile ball side, Rememb ~;r.--do not ,c'bu,g and Ievel off until 'the ball breaks, t:'he guard box, Drop Back_~ CoYer the deep ,outside one~1hird zone, Sprint ,AW;I:Y::' ,S,O'OIIl as the bai- goes a,way ,a'w:ui maks. the guard As b bo!x, gaiim,depth first a.nd w.~dth next, and cover the deep 1two~~hirds zone, S,aje,tyJHa'n

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C1)a~h~Qg ote': The 'Co~er ,#3 CaU ,'o~ksaU three of the s~cond'ary N defenders in. 31,thre:e·~deep' zone a~rugn.meD't re_g_dJess. '(l,f diL'ed"r:·:e:Uo.n I[df the baU". yJne Cover ,1/.3 Call is used against all ,eKp6C'ted p,~S5:~hlg dalwn whea tlhe 'oppaS'idon uses t.wo w'ide potential receivers .h'~ op'polsjj~,e d.irecUoDs. 'This, three-deep Iccked ... zone is, also ued as a victory. defease late .in a. iD C'Oo®es:t wh~n the offense = s forced 'to gOI ,fo:r' ~lbebornb. The *,,3 CaU is our simplest, and 'ofte.ID, ODr most ,effecUv'·•• P!ii3SScoverage c'a~~l(D'jja,gram

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S~,ancE': Ou~s]de 'foo'C' 'b~e'k with lt~e wernght aD '~'ll;e fOfW¥d 'roo:t~ ShoJilliJdem,sbo{Jmd be parallel, N'9rma~t:oolblU positien wiltti hmps dJr-op'ped, sligbJdy aIWJI;d ,111001$ dangUug jast [below the knees,

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Key: KeY'eUgiible potential rec.eive(' (s,iPUt end) a~d then fl,ow',.Lwsten,

1 ~ICove'fJg'e--Flow To'.;" 'R,e'\!"ol:ve up ealllillttiously; fO:rebllJg aUr-eoei:v,eq inside. Cbn,g, the. receiver ,mf 00 comes YOtlr way but don't move mside 'lo go a:foor him. If [flaiSS' bows" move 'to the ,outside flat a'bout seven y,ardiS d:eee,[p' andlook for ~he first po\renti 31 Rce,hr.er. to'lellter the me. Pla:y this p0tenual recejver tight, .If pa;ss st~U ~hows and, no potential receiver enters Ute sene, dfiOP' back ,deep ,a;n;d], dOD,'i: juo,t 'U,oover air." If fUn comes, revolve up and fome~of:lltam the baiU eamer to' ~Thleaslde SO pursuit 'will IU:act, the ball Carme{l";. Meet aU i b~o ckers 'with tbe. 8horu!~de['S,pandle.l te ,the goaJ] lin_eand meet the
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Ke;,: i[~)' e'Hgible potenti.td feee~'vlet·('[[[ght ,end,) md. then key flew, Listen f"r sarfe!y:t.s·rotation eall,
:OJ' C"d-·ii..,::...A -,.] ... ~;01-t'(J' £~aJt~,1',O'\1~r,,' ~Plane"'~JJ_I;W,w.'u ,l,\QB'e'untl, , sure t~]s ,a,mn" t ~ ,and then fi)[a~;-ogJlmin the SW1eep. 2,,,,C(.fv'€,W"Q',€-Flow' Aw;Qy.'" Ref'fcolveJ gaDning' de,pth 'fil"g~ and 'width sece' ,,'

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Q(ffensl.ve gward)'.

Allgnmenc Une up",eme¥~n~o 'f:wleil've yard, deep, dire->etIy 'OV'H 'dE offensive ,gu~~d.10 tEe s&de of the two g~fckes~ receivers (strong side
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KJey::, K,ey the 'bal 'and make a retatien call as SCOrn as, the b\~.ll.[~r'05'~es, outside ,of 'the, s;crimm~ ,IH.rd 'bot~(Ex,ampme" "~'S,P,riI'l~ igHt,,'~") R

:]~C,rve,rage ,Flaw (,Splil- Sj~d:eJ';: s;o~n as the ball crosses the >o~l~side As o\f1be im.agina.'ry ,gu,:iilSd 'boK, Ute :sa.feJty'should make 'h:w;s, call whUe ~ ~s galijn~AJS w~d-th nut: and depeh second, The s~fe;t)' sl1(J)'tdd g;e;t to the 'bash mafic 'IU' the, 'flow side, aboi!lJ;t..went.y yar{j,s, deep as a 'IhUlst,S ~e .. t

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o:rne.,tb~rd. deep zone. 2~Co've,r:aE'e ,Flow To fright .End Side) or' Drop
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'tbe deep olle-d'Jird middle Straight ,Ba,eR ,P,as.$',,~
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pass defe.ll:;e off our :reiU,maf three·..deep look. We. simply ,move one deep' slf\etymalb over ,sm ~gihtly ~O'play the' Ugbt·end in a mlan-'~~· mfilD assignment, The. two cornerbacks play the tWOI widereeeiv,em in the same mran,ner (D1a.gmm .1 o- 18,)., msn-to·mao

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W.be:1Jm'oviD.g (flom 3J normal 'Fifty Defense to a Sfi.fit Fi11:;JLoot we Ieave Ou'1" whole rlg.tlt .knockd.oIWD side wwth tile same pefaoD~el amld alignmcDit as we use in cur norma~ ;Fifty KuoclcdO\Vn. 'W'e: ·tbe-D 5imp.J'y sli.de our strong tackle and strQBg Ihu~b~ck,~r do,wn O.m1C maD and moye tbe .o.mstier 'to ahe·3d-up '.~'66~".position !(D.ia,gram IO~l,8)~ ,If the offense. lioes: up with I.wa ngbl ends" wetrus.e, the, sam,e. ,al,~ ... meut and 'he same defeoders jD 'th~mf' seme pas,irtitom The defeli1~ remliD~
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Motionl a~justmemn from 'tihethree-deep secOJnd=uy is, tak[elll care [O'fby the Jiwe.backiers,. Tbe si,g;P'it'~C'IUhll,g Iinebacker directs the :5 wde, of the Iinebaekers, Motiom 'verSJ1LlS the .1i,gh~s,p-Inc Fi.fty ,Defelll~e. usuaUy tULms; the defense in~o a n'o.rm~dM:lonster De;f:eililH~ :Dia,ftrnm, 10 ..20 j-l]ustmtes 'the m,ons~~r' ,slwd~ng'toward motion whmc~h pu~s the stco,iIilda1Y' h~®o a Three. CaU., This, call freezes OJ" locks, the deep defend)eifS ,IDDbyn'lle:irrespective three-deep zoaes regardless 0" ~m:.eliR:ClllC(O d
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T9' eKecUveJ:y rush a spri,n£-om pass, ~he'defense must r~sh at ,I:eas., siX, men, 'It is imposs~b~e 10 to/roe an i,:nrre]'ic~ptffioml con sLstendy versus a 5prin~~,g:ll1t: pass 'ww~hON,Y 'four def,. ,dets. n si1:ing ~he spriu~ pass action. A1:Q!6\1w:i.th the six-man [ililsh agaiast t'he. sprimu aCiUorn tile. defense ]]](lst am$O plaee a defender i:mthe flat as, \\I,e.-I as p,lacing one deep seoo1ndary pass defender !be ,d\eep ,oiutside ome~dlird,',ar-ea ,in the djre\c:i,k~fi orf 'the s;pIDim'lt~n_g:quane,rba,ck .. ~ ,sualIDy tllle si:x~matll wslb wiU 'fa,~ 'the. quarterback ~o thro,w :ai, bad pass, and ~hw g,~ve-s the defens.w ve secorndair)" a greater s brutereepti«j,n possibi I ~~~y ~

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angle ,. If the 'firi.ng li nebaeker is tsnable to IiDC: ,~D. open~n,g~ is coached he to ~C,aJHOipb~ckwant B[I,d ccntinue his, sca~~Jo'P~'n,g ,al(Jn:~ ~he of' scrimmage .. The fr.O([ilt:S,j,de '~.i:l1eb~cker eads ehe 'U:lne.rbaiCk.~s action and ~hen r dlw.lOPS, 'bac't, on an ,3:ogle to d!efe:mld Il,galns.t th-e ,~orent al 'pass", but a] so i he~d.hiJJg in ~~be" 'pr~jJ.pe'fdrurecdon 00' cut off the q uarterback I'f he aUempt:5 to run. :B010 defensi'v~ ends 'Fih1sh~ I,\lSitru,! ~he:lr foroe:-oo(l]~iD rush in,g: t~!Ch-, niques., Tile; mo:nste~:"man also flUlts, an an. o~u:jde,.,jn.'ifilllSb w'hllc'h gives the; defense a, 8.bt-man ,msh (Di~.gram .10,.,2 rn ),~

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he Spli.t.Pifty Defense (Dla,gram JO..22)~ 'Tlhe ·IDnd~,e.me.amhIrma is ,actually div-ided into ,s,j;x zones (l f1a,~,t JhOOlt", and 2 cud) because ,of die, Increasingmy ,oo·mmon use of the ,ell:rl .ZODe,S (Dia,grnm 1. O'~.24). Thes~ underneath defenders mlj~' 'be eoocbed! so ~Ia;y Uaeirf zone 'M area first· ,and then reset te the ball, 'once it ii:s in tht alr .. The dldetnde1l must g'et eo tbe middIDe;'O'f .bis Qs:sigfJ__ed areas ~l1!Jdeach itO the ball and ,rH)t .try to r

oover' ,I. SpeCiJfjlC man ill 'bis area, The (Dluts:tlndin,g zone de-tender q~l~ckly Jearns to .PUlc't to' the pass~1l"':s.:fee~ po.s,ili,o'D and throwfng arm, 'IlO get an added ""jump'~ on the bam, QUlickness~, later;a] moveme.'a~:~, gU~ty, Il·"soft.,t a .ha~d~",Ind pedJphuaJ. vislon aJJe all important: 'Q:ua]tt'Wcs a ,CiQaclll,o'o,ks, fOT ill se.mccrtingan nndemeath d~efeDder.•.
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ebackers mo.,ve depen.ds. upot;1 the speed of the s,pri,llf ,011" ron"O'Ult a,cUOlli!l. Therefore, tfu_:e .m.~lIebackers.- ZQile.s U1Q'Ve ,as. the passe', I.prints ,out.. The fm1'he\r'ttu?i'passer sprints. away from ~he ba,ekside OiU1:'Side.]'wneb.~ckeF'~he 5tta~te.r t a drop-bact, angl~ the ,O'lIUide Ihl~blclwj"' may 1J!$e" TbeR::fore, if the :M!oV'ililgqua:rterbacK moves from the bash ma:fk pist the m~ddle oir the fie.ld,li' th~ ! m:neba:o~j'8,'- uuo:getzones woUl!d a~so ,c:omt~lUJme ~Qi move, The Unebac,ker's! speedaad dista:nce ~peflld ~'Ofl the speed' lInd lateral mov.I;'ment of the bl.n ..As 800m as the act' o Iii pass maJre.mW movement The speed
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as the passer sers up" lh~ Uneback[~r s'houmd set ~p and keep :his 'f.ret movin.g so he Is ,lib.~e break j ~ ~he di,~cm:ilon,o f the p,r,mss,.. he liIflebacker";si 1)0 head should swivel so that he can check f0.m"' th~ posswb e draw, screen, OI an 0p,posidon' s iPQlen[~al ,cewv1er breaking;; into. the a, ea. If the po~,e,!Ilti3l reeeiver breaks 'wm:othe J'wnelba~e'r!'1 area before the pass is, thrown .. 'the li:liiIle'b;ack[er is ~oaclbed ~o hook Ott block 'the potenu.al Roe Ever dO'w n. [The li.nebafika mlll1:S~!eep m.s: feet u:n:.d~rhm:s bod,:Yand] mo~use steps, so' long that k he liN Hl. be unable ®Q' re ach in any di recti on
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Se'ls U:p\: Wh~,n, 'che ~~,nebacke:r eads ~he passer setri ilJiJ; UiP~· rhe ~:~:i!J)~jbader sets up' wi~b hffis sh:oumders paraIDlel ro the ~ime o'r scrimmage, The defender ~,h()u:rnd ~~ up with hi s we~gh~balanced, an:d h:·s it et flO' wider than twelve to fifteen ffililc.hes. The Iinebaeker ShOlild move '0'0 the passer's, first arm movement, wtl,~tll· r :·cbe iii 'fake or ,amactual P9J$s.'N'ot 10,0 many hig]:ruschool or college passers can Of have

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G'fITJi or the Ba.u~N,@.IW!' ,An pass !defende~s are taught: to :sprl'n~to t:he f area whe're ~h~passer throws the. ba,n ~ Our defendera are ,alw,~ys. t~ulht, 'W th ~nik. ' 5',interceptio m:li but ~ jf '(:~Y urn too ~at:e '110' ~ ro~exoep! the ball, the)" may be a'We to make a block 'fol~Qw:·mgau j-nk:J:"'c~,dOlilor make the tackle, [O~ all shon passes." 'i~is; imperative ihM m:lhe; 'm"'nebalcker' mak .. his move 't'D[ irnnefs~ cit '[he fIi,gh~'0,:1 the pass an~r the ba,U is in the a ir. If the .~ ~n.ebacl;jer ~s jill frorot ofdle in,t:e;lIi1ded receiver wbUe t~e passer hes the ball chances are tha!t 'the passer WI W~ihTo.wlb~ bill] to an, open recei ver,
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