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Xavier High School Spread Steve Specht – Head
sspecht@stxavier.org Cindy Thomas – Football Administrative Assistant cthomas@stxavier.org 513/761-7600 Ext. 109
I. Outline / Overview II. Matching Zone Philosophy
•Multiple Looks: Fronts & Coverages •Front and Secondary adjustments Fire Coverage •Storm Coverage

St. Xavier H.S. Bomber Defense
Steve Specht – Head Coach - St. Xavier High School, Cincinnati I. Defensive Philosophy A. What do you “hang your hat on?” 1. Even vs. Odd Fronts – Multiple Fronts? 2. Attacking vs. Reading? 3. Coverage Schemes? 4. How does it fit your personnel? B. The St. Xavier Philosophy 1. We had been an Odd Front 50 Defense for 35 years. a. Smaller defensive linemen are better suited for it. b. The Balanced Front forces the offense to make a decision as to where they want to run the ball. 1. There is no bubble for the QB check. c. Disguise the reduction by angling/slanting at the snap. 2. Base coverage scheme is a 3 Deep “Matching Zone.” a. Additional man/men in the box for run support b. The “Matching Zone” concept restricts players from covering “air”.

St. Xavier H.S. Bomber Defense
Steve Specht – Head Coach - St. Xavier High School, Cincinnati II. Why switch to the 3-3-5. A. The advent of the Spread Offense (2000) necessitated a change. 1. More speed on the field to cover better athletes. 2. The OLB in the 50 was always a bigger player that struggled to cover a slot receiver. 3. As a result, slower LB’s became Defensive Ends and the bigger safeties became Stack Backers. B. Ability to adjust to all formations and motion. 1. Because of our “Matching Zone” philosophy offenses were able to dictate where we could pressure by formation. 2. The 50 required the OLB to think more which forced them to play slower. 3. In the Odd Stack, only 3 players will ever change responsibility, and the changes are simple staples from day 1 which enables us to play faster. a. Once the call is made, we run it! 4. Only 1 player ever thinks and makes the check for all adjustments. a. In our scheme he is called the Adjuster (FS in most systems.) C. Front has not changed. Everything we wanted to accomplish with the 50 Front is still applicable.

Base Defensive Alignment

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Stack behind Ends & Nose – 3 to 4 ½ yards 7 yards deep, outside shade of TE or imaginary TE ***Versus Slot receiver – inside shade, 7 yards deep ***Hash rules – 3 yards inside/outside hash Can vary according to game plan (SPARROW/NINJA) Outside shade #1 – anywhere from 4 to 7 yards deep depending on call ***6 yard sideline rule Varied according to Game Plan and/or defense called (FALCON)

Corners Adjuster

Stack Front versus Pro Set

Stack Front vs Double Set

Stack Front vs 3 *1 Set

Alignment Adjustments
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W.hat’s I.mportan t N.ow?

Stack Defense
Strong Edge Storm
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Stunt Pattern
SS END: Penetrate strong “B” gap! Establish line of scrimmage 1 yard deep. NOSE: Penetrate weak “A” gap! Establish line of scrimmage 1 yard deep. WS END: Read Scheme! JET: Shift to a wide 9 alignment ---Attack Force technique!

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Secondary Rotation
SAM: Hook/Curl Defender! ADJUSTER: Balanced set or 2 Back play deep middle 1/3. (Think “SLING”). STRONG SAFETY: Seam defender (Replace Jet) Read #2 to #3. WEAK SAFETY: Drop into Box! ---Seam defender! (Responsible for #2 to #3) WILL: Hook/Curl Defender! CORNERS: Loose Man!

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3 * 1 Sets: Strong Side Safety automatically makes “SLING” check to Weak Side Safety. “SLING RULES” 3) Strong Safety rolls to Seam Defender 4) Adjuster automatically rolls to Hole Defender 5) Weak Safety rolls to Deep Middle 1/3 6) Will plays backside Seam Defender 2 * 2 Sets: Strong Side Safety matches all vertical releases by #2 receiver. Weak Side Safety still plays deep middle 1/3 but sits heavy on any vertical release from #2 (especially when #2 is a slot receiver) knowing he will receive help from Strong Side Safety.

Coverage Options
2/3/Snake/Mouse
Falcon: $ plays Deep Middle 1/3, A plays Seam BLUFF: $ plays Seam, A plays deep 1/3

2 * 2 Coverage Adjustments
Stack – Strong Edge Storm
3 Match #2 on Vertical No vertical play seam! Middle 1/3 Deep Middle 1/3 with emphasis on matching #2 on Vertical!

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“3 Match” Rules:
3) 4) 5) Weak Safety matches any vertical from #2 (Seam) Strong Safety matches any vertical from #2 (Middle 1/3) Everyone else plays their normal responsibilities

$ – Replaces Jet and plays a Seam defender.(#2 to #3) WS – Seam Defender (#2 - #3) Match any vertical from #2 Will –Plays Hook/Curl defender (#3 to #2) Sam – Plays Hook/Curl defender (#3 to #2) Adjuster – Plays the deep middle 1/3 defender. Emphasis on Matching a vertical release from #2. Corners – Loose Man on #1

Coverage Scheme:

3 * 1 Coverage Adjustments
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“SLING RULES”
3) 4) 5) 6) Strong Safety rolls to Seam Defender Adjuster automatically rolls to Hole Defender Weak Safety rolls to Deep Middle 1/3 Will plays backside Seam Defender

$ – Slides to Trips and plays a seam (#2 to #3) Will – To a single receiver look up #1 and get Under the slant. Plays Seam defender (#2 to #3) Sam – Extra defender – Can spy back/QB or drop deep hole (G.P.) Adjuster – Replaces stunt to Trips and plays Hole defender strong (#3 to #2) Corners – Loose Man on #1

Coverage WS – Slides to Trips and plays middle 1/3 Scheme:

FIRE/STORM
“MATCHING ZONE PHILOSOPHY”
Fire and Storm are two separate coverages that enable us to play tighter, outside leverage man coverage on the widest receivers while playing a tight match up zone underneath. It enables us to get additional pressure on the QB without putting the secondary defenders on “islands” or sacrificing them to “pick routes” Originally the coverage was designed to enable us to run a 5 man blitz package with a zone coverage concept behind the blitz. However, with the advent of spread offenses, we have been able to play tighter coverage by maintaining the coverage philosophy, but rushing only 3 or 4 defenders. The progression read also enables you to adapt easily to any coverage scheme. although we change our deep coverage schemes, the progression for our underneath coverage stays relatively the same. We lose the “flat man”aspect of the read scheme, but everything else stays in tact. KEYS to successful coverage:
•2 very good cover corners that can effectively match up with speed receivers. •Athletic safeties/outside linebackers that can run with slot receivers for 15 yards •Route disruption of all inside receivers. •Underneath defenders that understand the progression reads. •Disguise scheme and “mix and match” underneath defenders

CALLS/VARIATIONS
•Fire Zone (5 Man pattern) – “Fire” •Spy with 4 Man pattern: “Fire” •4 Man pattern: “Storm”

Fire Coverage – Rules & Responsibilities #1 receiver is automatically eliminated from
scheme (unless he runs a quick crossing route) – Loose Man by CB Designated Safety plays middle 1/3. #1 #2 #3 #2

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Read #2 to #3 route Read #3 to #2 route progression progression ***Always step with #3 – Sink 10 – 12 yards. ***No Flat – Flat threat, immediate 1) #2 1) #3 Flat – Deliver to Seam & look up #2 on quick cross get under #1 – Collision Outside In Man! Vertical ***Carry the cross & deliver to Seam 2) #2 2) #3 Vertical – Collision and sink to 15yards ***Know where help is (Safety Inside)! ***Carry to 16 yards unless #3 threatens the flat ***Keep eyes back on QB expecting underneath threat then play flat man – Read QB outside In and release late. Give up shallow!!! ***If #2 tries to fight to corner – Maintain outside leverage and take the cross & 3) #2 Cross – Carry away corner Deliver to Hole route ***Look up #3 out of backfield

Storm Coverage – Rules & Responsibilities
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Seam Defenders – Progression rules

Read #3 to #2 route progression Read #2 to #3 route ***Always step with #3 progression 1) #3 Flat to your side – Flat Man! ***No Flat – Flat threat, 1) #2 immediate #3 Flat away – Look up cross back and lock man! get under #1 – Collision Outside In Man! Vertical 2) #2 2) #3 Blocks – Expect check release! ***Know where help is (Safety Inside)! ***Do not gain much depth – 8 – 10 yards. ***Carry vertical outside/in. Rally to anything ***Follow same rules as #2 shallow!!! – Squeeze and gain depth. Sit on Dig 3) #2 Cross coming back!

Hook/Curl Defenders

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