Prince George Royals Defensive Playbook Table of Contents

1. 2. 3. 4. Fronts from 3-5-3 Defense Defensive Line Play in 3-5-3 Defense Inside Linebacker Play in 3-5-3 Defense Outside Linebacker Play in 3-5-3 Defense 5. Secondary Play in 3-5-3 Defense

Base 3-5-3 Defense ³Jacks´
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Position Left End Right End Nose Lion Ram Monster Sam Will Field Corner Boundary corner Free Safety

Alignment 4i-Tech 4i-Tech 0-Tech 40-tech left 40-tech right 00-tech 3x2 off DE 3x2 off DE 7 yds, inside 7 yds, inside Shade 2 rec. side

Reads and Keys attack TE outside loop attack weak side guard triangle: ball-back-guard triangle: ball-back-guard triangle: ball-back-guard End man to near back End man to near back #2 to #1 Receiver #2 to #1 Receiver QB

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Run To resp. µC¶ gap µC¶ gap weak µA¶ gap µB¶ gap µB¶ gap strong µA¶ gap force-contain force-contain contain contain alley player

Run Away resp. squeeze chase Chase µA¶ gap (if I¶m Here) µA¶ gap (if I¶m Here) scrape to open door I¶m Here I¶m Here pursuit pursuit alley player

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Strong End: Shift to 7-Tech Nose: Shift to Strong 3-Tech Weak End: Shift to Weak 1-Tech Ram: Shift to head-up on Guard Lion: Shift to head-up on Guard Monster: Shift to Ghost 9-Tech Will: Roll back to 7 yds

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Position Strong Side End Weak Side End Nose Lion Monster Ram Alignment strong 7-tech stem to weak 1-tech stem to strong 3-tech 40-tech left Weak ghost 9-tech 40-tech right Reads and Keys Squeeze TE Squeeze Guard Squeeze Guard triangle: ball-back-guard 2-Gap on Tackle triangle: ball-back-guard Run To resp. µC¶ gap weak µA¶ gap strong µB¶ gap uncovered A/B gap µC¶ gap uncovered A/B gap Run Away resp. Squeeze Squeeze Squeeze µA¶ gap (if I¶m Here) C.R.B. µA¶ gap (if I¶m Here)

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Strong End: Strong 4i-tech Weak End: Weak 4i-Tech Nose: 0-Tech Sam: Walk up to 9-Tech Ram: Shift to Right 20-Tech Lion: Shift to left 20-tech Monster: Walk up to Ghost 9-Tech

squeeze squeeze squeeze µA¶ gap (if ³I¶m Here´) I¶m Here µA¶ gap (if ³I¶m Here´) I¶m Here pursuit pursuit . over tackle strong µB¶ gap Reads and Keys attack TE outside loop attack weak side guard triangle: ball-guard-back squeeze tackle triangle: ball-guard-back End man to near back End man to QB QB R C W Run To resp.Tuff Weak S LE N RE M L C FS Position Strong End Weak End Nose Lion Monster Ram Sam Will Free Safety Alignment strong 5-Tech weak 4i-Tech strong shade 20-tech left ghost 9-tech 20-tech right strong 9-tech 8 yds. µC¶ gap µC¶ gap weak µA¶ gap uncovered A/B gap force-contain uncovered A/B gap force-contain alley player alley player Run Away resp.

µB¶ gap µB¶ gap Both µA¶ gaps Flow/scrape Flow/scrape µC¶ Gap force-contain Force-contain alley player Run Away resp. squeeze squeeze squeeze Flow/scrape Flow/scrape pursuit I¶m Here I¶m Here pursuit .4-6 Bear S M LE N RE W L C R C FS Position Strong End Weak End Nose Lion Ram Monster Sam Will Free Safety Alignment strong 3-Tech weak 3-Tech µ0¶ Tech 40-tech left 40-tech right 7-tech on TE strong 9-tech Weak 5-tech strong µB¶ gap Reads and Keys Attack Guard Attack Guard Crush technique triangle: ball-guard-back triangle: ball-guard-back Read TE End man to near back End man to near back QB Run To resp.

Defensive Line .

Force the offense to go where they do not want to go! . ‡ We must be physical and attack the offensive linemen.Ends and Nose Guard ‡ The job of our defensive linemen is to disrupt the offensive line and free up linebackers to make tackles. ‡ Work the line of scrimmage to close down gaps and bounce inside runs outside.

‡ DL must pursue down the line of scrimmage or deeper in order to meet the ball carrier as soon as possible. creating open running lanes underneath them.Working the Line of Scrimmage ‡ Defensive Linemen must up and down the Line of Scrimmage. ‡ DL cannot over-penetrate. ‡ DL cannot chase backs in the backfield. .

‡ We want to touch his knee! Disrupt the linemen and keep them off linebackers. similar to a pull step. we should be in a balanced stance with either hand down. . ‡ Only after we touch the knee. ‡ First step ± lateral step in direction of slant. read the block of the linemen and begin to work upfield and find the ball carrier. Work to the opposite knee of the next lineman. ‡ Align 1 ½ yards from the helmet of the defensive lineman ± do not crowd the ball! ‡ Be able to see the ball and move on the snap.Defensive Line Technique ‡ Since our lineman will usually be aligned head up and slanting either direction.

‡ Step to the near number of the lineman and deliver initial blow with inside shoulder/forearm.Solid Front Technique ‡ In SOLID. ‡ Drive the off-hand underneath the shoulder pads of the OL and squeeze the gap ‡ Always keep shoulders square to LOS and do not look for the football until you control the OL! . defensive linemen will squeeze the nearest lineman and get big in their gap.

LE N RE Jacks Nose: Slant Weak Ends: Outside Slant .

LE N RE Pinch Nose: Slant Strong Ends: Inside Slant .

LE N RE Strong Nose and Defensive Ends: Slant Strong .

LE N RE Weak Nose and Defensive Ends: Slant Weak .

It is critical that you keep the lineman off your linebackers!! . then read his block.Outside Slant: Slant away from football 1. Follow with back foot and rip near arm underneath head-up lineman 3. Step with near foot toward aiming point: opposite knee of next lineman 2. Collision next lineman. 4.

4. then read his block. It is critical that you keep the lineman off your linebackers!! . Follow with back foot and rip near arm underneath head-up lineman 3. Collision next lineman. Step with near foot toward aiming point: opposite knee of next lineman 2.Inside Slant: Slant toward football 1.

S.Down Block: Work through shoulder of blocker Pursue down L. .O.

Double Team Block: Attack down blocker and fight to his opposite shoulder OR Work low to split the blockers. DO NOT GIVE GROUND! Drop outside hip to ground and crawl! .

O. to football. square your shoulders. Work down the L. .Reach Block: You must not allow the blocker to cross your face.S. Fight across his face.

wrong-arm the trap.x No Block: If you are unblocked on your stunt. LOOK INSIDE! Someone will block you. Do not over-penetrate!!! **If OLB has given ³I¶M HERE´ call. Attack it down the L.O. If no call. Expect a trap block.S. you must squeeze and contain! .

Pull by covered lineman: Get in µhip pocket¶ and follow Down the L.O. .S.

Pull by Lineman to Stunt: Fight across back block. .S.O. Get in pulling lineman¶s µhip pocket¶ Follow pulling lineman down L.

Inside Linebackers .

Inside Linebacker Alignment & Assignments ‡ Lion. Monster and Ram will align 4-5 yards off the LOS. stacked behind DL. butt down with chest up. ‡ Stance on toes. . head up and hands free ‡ LBs will be in motion prowling and working to time the snap count.

or pass read . read through the nearest uncovered lineman 3. On snap of the ball.Triangle Read LE N RE L M R 1. To the near back in the backfield 4. Linebackers: See the ball out of the corner of your eye 2. React to run to. run away.

. eyes up. looking for an ³Open Door´ ‡ Keep hands up.´ shoot through and find the ball carrier. ‡ Shuffle down LOS. butt down and µfeel¶ past ³Closed doors´ until finding an opening in LOS. ‡ When you find an ³Open Door.Scrape Technique ‡ On flow away from Inside LB. scrape technique may be used. attacking at 45 degree angle with head on a swivel.

decoying and disguising stunts. we must make it hard for the offense to find us. . ‡ No matter where you are on the snap. LBs must play their original responsibility when the play starts. ‡ Prowling is Linebackers moving in and out of gaps. ‡ DO NOT move past the next gap ‡ DO NOT move past the heels of the DL ‡ Our linebackers should be in constant motion during pre-snap cadence.Prowling ‡ For our defense to be successful.

Flow To 1. step outside 3. Read near back flow to. Read Step on snap 2. Uncovered lineman Blocks down.Down block. Scrape to open door .

step inside of His block. Read near back flow to. Uncovered lineman Blocks out. Flow To 1. Read Step on snap 2. . Attack to gap responsibility. 3.Block away.

Attack to backside gap responsibility. Read Step on snap 2.Block to. step inside of His block. Uncovered lineman Blocks out. Flow away 1. . Read near back flow away. 3.

.Block to. 1. Flow to. being mindful of gap resp. 3. Read Step on snap 2. Read flow to and attack immediately. step inside of his block. Uncovered lineman blocks to.

Make sure ball clears play side gap and attack to pulling lineman (point of attack). Flow will go in direction of pull.Pull outside. Flow to. 1. 3. Read Step on snap 2. . Uncovered lineman pulls outside.

Pull inside. Flow away 1. . Read Step on snap 2. Chase pulling lineman to backside gap responsibility. Flow will go away. Uncovered lineman pulls inside. 3.

Reading Guards 1. it is a trap block. reading #3 to #2 receiver. . Read the helmet of the Guard for keys. 4. 2. If the helmet goes down. 3. If the helmet pops up. If you see ear hole. If the helmet comes at you. it is a run block. Read near back and attack. it is pass block. Check for draw and then zone drop. Do not hesitate! 5. attack immediately.

Outside Linebackers .

‡ Read End Man on Line of Scrimmage to Near Back on every snap ‡ EMOLS blocks down: Squeeze to his hip ‡ EMOLS blocks out: Attack and Squeeze ‡ EMOLS pass blocks: Drop to pass. ‡ OLB will be aligned 4x2 inside of #2 slot receiver.Outside Linebacker Alignment & Assignment ‡ OLB will be aligned 2x3 off DE when he does not have a slot receiver. crossing #2 face and listening for CB call .

keeping outside arm and leg free. . making lanes for the back to cut.Force-Contain Player ‡ The Sam/Will is the Force-Contain Player on runs to his side. ‡ Sam/Will must maintain outside leverage on all run plays to his side. or string the play out to the sideline. ‡ Sam/Will must force the ball carrier to either cut back inside. ‡ Sam/Will cannot chase a play in the backfield.

he is responsible for Counter/ Reverse/ Bootleg if he does not have pass coverage ‡ If Sam or Will reads flow away and has no pass coverage. ‡ If Lion/Ram does not here ³I¶M HERE´ or hears ³YOU YOU YOU!´. responsibility.B covered.R. he should call ³I¶M HERE´ loudly to Lion / Ram ‡ This alerts Lion / Ram that Sam or Will has C. and Lion/Ram can begin scrape/pursuit.R. he must assume C.³I¶m Here´ Call ‡ When flow goes away from Sam or Will. .B.

End Man on Line of Scrimmage 2. Near Back .Reads: 1.

Flow toward 1. Read flow to. Squeeze The block down and either force the play inside Or force ball carrier to bounce. keep shoulders square and Prepare to take on a block at LOS. Take read step on snap 2. End man blocks down. attack to LOS And call ³DOWN DOWN´ to Lion/Ram 3. .End Man blocks down.

maintain outside leverage and read to near back. 3. End man blocks out. .End Man blocks out. Read flow to. be sure to force play inside. Flow toward 1. Then attempt to help on inside run. Take read step on snap 2.

Secondary .

we will align 8 yards off. . ‡ Always turn with hips facing the QB and maintain inside position. one yard inside of #1 Receiver. ‡ On the snap. bail and read #2 receiver for run/pass read ‡ See the QB out of the corner of your eye and look for his release.Corners Alignment & Assignment ‡ In Cover 3. with outside foot up.

OLB covers #2 until he crosses into next zone ‡ If #2 runs ³DEEP´: Check #1 for deep route.Cornerback Rules ‡ CB reads #2 to #1 Receiver ‡ CB must communicate the #2 Routes to the OLB. OLB has man on #2 ‡ If #2 runs ³IN´: Check #1. get depth and do not get beat deep! . TALK EVERY PLAY! ‡ If #2 runs ³OUT´: Check #1. This is crucial in our coverage.

³OUT´ ³DEEP´ ³IN´ ³OUT´ ³DEEP´ ³IN´ .

Cover 3 (Green) LE S L N RE W M R C FS Position Lion Ram Monster Sam Will Corner Free Safety Alignment 40-tech left 40-tech right 10-tech 3x2 outside DE 3x2 outside DE 7x1 inside #1 Shade 2 rec. side Initial Read triangle: ball-back-guard triangle: ball-back-guard triangle: ball-back-guard EMOLS to near back EMOLS to near back #2 to QB EMOLS to QB On Initial Pass Read Drop to Hook Drop to Hook Stunt Drop Curl to Flat Drop Curl to Flat Drop deep 1/3 Drop deep 1/3 C Read Routes #2 to #3 #2 to #3 #2 to #3 #2 to #3 #2 to #1 #2 to #1 .

side Initial Read triangle: ball-back-guard triangle: ball-back-guard triangle: ball-back-guard EMOLS to near back EMOLS to near back #2 to QB #2 to QB EMOLS to QB C Read Routes #2 to #3 #2 to #3 On Initial Pass Read Drop to Hook Drop to Hook to Curl Stunt Drop Curl to Flat Drop deep 1/3 Sit in flats Drop deep 1/3 Drop deep 1/3 #2 to #3 #2 to #1 #2 to #3 #2 to #1 #2 to #1 . 3yds 7x2 outside DE 7x1 inside #1 7x1 inside #1 Shade 2 rec.Cover 3 Cloud LE S L N RE M R W C FS Position Lion Ram Monster Sam Will Weak Corner Strong Corner Free Safety Alignment 40-tech left 40-tech right 10-tech Split #2-#3.

side) Stunt Drop Curl to Flat Drop Curl to Flat Drop deep 1/3 Drop deep 1/3 C Read Routes #2 to #3 #2 to #3 #2 to #3 #2 to #3 #2 to #1 #2 to #1 .Cover 3 Fire Zone (Green Fire) LE S L N RE W M R C FS Position Lion Ram Monster Sam Will Corner Free Safety Alignment 40-tech left 40-tech right 10-tech 3x2 outside DE 3x2 outside DE 7x1 inside #1 Shade 2 rec. side Initial Read triangle: ball-back-guard triangle: ball-back-guard triangle: ball-back-guard EMOLS to near back EMOLS to near back #2 to QB EMOLS to QB On Initial Pass Read Stunt Drop hook (2 rec.

Cover 2 (Blue) C LE N RE S C L W M R FS Position Lion Ram Monster Sam Will Corner Free Safety Alignment 40-tech left 40-tech right 10-tech 3x2 outside DE 7x1 inside #2 1x1 outside #1 9x1 inside #2 Initial Read triangle: ball-back-guard triangle: ball-back-guard triangle: ball-back-guard EMOLS to near back EMOLS to near back #2 to QB EMOLS to QB On Initial Pass Read Drop to Hook to Curl Drop to Hook Stunt Drop Curl Deep 1/2 Jam #1 inside Deep ½ #2 to #3 #2 to #1 #2 to #3 #2 to #1 Read Routes #2 to #3 #2 to #3 .

Cover 2 Sky Weak LE C S L N RE W M R Will and Weak Corner Swap Cover 2 Alignments and Responsibilities C FS .

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