Defending Commonly Seen Pass Plays in the 4-2-5 Defense

By: Coach Jimmy Sims Head Football Coach at Los Angeles Valley College Football simsja@lavc.edu

The Frank Glazer Clinic
 Special Thanks Frank Glazer Clinic  Biography and Coaching Experience
 Education  18 years High School & College Coaching
 leaned about myself as a coach in high school
 slow down, teach, communicate, be humble  “You must be humiliated, before you can be humble”

Introduction
 I am not here to convince you play our defensive coverages, but more importantly to share information that we believe works for our athletes.  Hopefully, our information can assist you as a coach and / or your players.  I believe that coaches must understand the players the personnel you have, then use your philosophy to fit the mold of our players.  "It's not always the X's and the O's,it's the Billy's and the Joe's... It's a true statement!

Introduction
 I‟ve been associated with some great coaches.  I have had the chance to coach with them on the sidelines  I've had the opportunity to pick their brains at clinics or during the recruiting process.

Defensive Staff at Los Angeles Valley College  Preparing for each opponent each week. first”  establish a solid foundation in our base coverages and our blitz schemes  builds confidence in the players  by keeping it simple the secondary can grab a large number of repetitions with each practice  repetitions create confidence for the athletes  allows them to perform at a high level in games without hesitations.  Our secondary philosophy is to teach our base defense that our athletes can master in a two year period.  discipline plays a key role in the secondary  without it. .  “Do the little things. the season will be very long.

L. Valley College Secondary Philosophy  Our Philosophy  Teach secondary fundamentals. football intelligence.A. alignment and assignment  Must be able to make a tackle  Stop the run  Control the passing game  The use of deception in disguising the coverage  Personnel and evaluation of players  Recruit speed. quickness. mental and physical toughness  Prevent the “big play” and easy touchdown .

.Our Secondary Philosophy  Read and React  “Forget about the last play” (deep touchdowns)  Protect Your Territory .each player is asked to be responsible for their territory  The tendency to help your teammate protect his areas  Do your primary job first. then help & pursuit once the your initial territory has been secured.

GL . 12P. 20P. 21P.The Keys To Teaching Quarters Coverage  The coach must be able to teach the principles of “alignment” and “assignment” to his players  Find players that will execute properly  Players must believe in the defense  Basic overall understanding of offensive formations. 11P 10P.

The Keys To Teaching Quarters Coverage  Know the Weaknesses .coaches must know the weaknesses of of the defense  Repetitions of Fundamentals – fundamental techniques will differ from one coverage to another  do you have a secondary coach that “understands” technique & can “teach” technique to the players? .

Advantages of Quarters Coverage  Nine man front  Compliments the play action pass  Assist the defense with four vertical receivers  The transition from the base defense to zone blitzing is simple  Good Run Support: Primary Force and Alley Fill .

Advantages of Quarters Coverage  Juco „s often have players reporting late  We need a defense that is easy to learn in a short period of time. C4 to Man . C4 to C3 (traditional S/S or Cloud).  The DEFENSE “CONTINUES”  Coaches can use many different schemes that all look the same to the opposing quarterback:  Disguises: C4 to C2.

BC = Boundary Corner  7 yards back by 1 yard inside the #1 receiver.  He is the defender on your team that can play man to man coverage to the single receiver side.  He is usually a better zone player and run support that the boundary corner back.Alignment  FC = Field Corner  The alignment of the Field Corner is 7 yards back by 1 yard inside the #1 receiver.  He is the CB to the wide side of the field.  When in the middle of the field the coach can designated the left or right side based on the opponent.  .  This allows the defense to zone the wide side of the field and man the back side when needed.  He is the CB that is aligned to the boundary side of the field. 11 personnel strong trips (1 RB / 1TE). 10 personnel trips (1 RB / 0 TE).

BASE ALIGNMENT vs (21P) Diagram: #1 D C B A A B C D A $ 2x1 FC 7X1 F T M N W E BC R 7X1 10X2 10X2 .

alignment is a 10x2  .  He can adjust to his quarter of the field. safeties will align no more than 4 yards outside the end man on the line of scrimmage. but never outside his responsible quarter (fast receiver in 10P trips)  If ball is in the middle of the field. safeties will align no more than 4 yards outside the end man on the line of scrimmage.  He can adjust to his quarter of the field.  If a a slot receiver is present and ball on the hash.Alignment  F/S = Free Safety  10 yards deep by 2 yards outside the end man on the line of scrimmage. alignment is a 10x2 R = Rover  10 yards deep by 2 yards outside the end man on the line of scrimmage.  If a a slot receiver is present and ball on the hash. but never outside his responsible quarter (fast receiver in 10P trips)  If ball is in the middle of the field.

BASE ALIGNMENT vs (21P) Diagram: #1 D C B A A B C D A $ 2x1 FC 7X1 F T M N W E BC R 7X1 10X2 10X2 .

Alignment vs (10P) Trips Diagram #2 Field Boundary A T N E $ FC F – 10x4 M „Lion Call‟ w BC R 10x4 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4 .

Alignment vs (11P) Diagram #3 A $ T M N E w BC FC F R 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4 .

A $ T M N W E FC F BC R $ widen on strong trips motion for base combo or CHECK 3 by roll coverage . 4 vs (12P) Diagram #4 R.“UNDER” C.H.

How good are your CB‟s on run support? CORNER OVER? E N T A $ FC BC W M R F . we prefer to not to flip CB. ½.ADJUSTMENT TO (11P) TRIPS Diagram #5 ¼. ¼.

Man / Zone Adjustment vs (10P) Trips Must have a BC that can play man Field Diagram #6 Boundary #3 BC M “Lion Call” w $ FC F – 10x4 „ Man R 10x4 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4 .

primary force on back field “speed flow” to the perimeter  Safeties – If it‟s run. Assignment Run Support Keys and Reads Safeties .If it‟s run. stack flow  Safeties – if it‟s run.“Don‟t Go Until You Know” Safeties .Flat-Footed Read. Wait technique Safeties – Read and Key end man on the LOS Safeties .C.cutback on all back field flow away     . tight flow  Safeties .

CB must be primary force.Run Support Keys and Reads  Cornerbacks – key and reads QB triangle  Cornerbacks have secondary run support on back field speed flow  Cornerbacks have angle of pursuit on backfield flow away once ball is pass the LOS  On WR crack on safety. CB must see contact on safety (very hard to teach) .

tight A $ 2x1 FC F T M N E W BC R . stack.Run Support in Quarters “Cornerbacks” Diagram #7a Back field run flows: speed.

10x2 R 10x2 .Run Support in Quarters “Safeties” Diagram #7b Back field run flows: speed. stack tight $ 2x1 A T M N E W BC FC F .

leg drive. Zone Turns with hips. Tackling  VIII. Stance  II. Break on the ball  IV. and acceleration  V. Intercepting Balls  VII. Assignment . Alignment  IX. we always concentrate on EDD‟s ( every day drills)  I.PASS DEFENSE  Practice Techniques and they will become second nature  Fundamentals. Man to Man hip movements and hand placement (opponents hands or hips and high thighs  VI. Backpedal  III.

work hard into a speed backpedal with eyes on #1 receiver  18 yards or more the CB will take his man on an intermediate route or to a deep route . shuffle .Assignment Pass Keys and Reads Technique for CB‟s . bail  CB‟s: Routes 10 yards or more is your man  off man from seven yards  Three step read key from quarterback  If three steps is no longer a threat.shuffle.

look to double #1 receiver inside out d. look to double #1 receiver inside out . primary run support to cutback b.) block.) inside release. 10 yards or more man to man c.Assignment Pass Keys and Reads  Technique for Safeties  “Don‟t go until you know”  Flat – footed read.) outside release.) vertical release. wait technique  If no vertical threat by the #2 receiver. get inside and underneath the #1 receiver  4 important keys by the #2 receiver     a.

4 PASS RESPONSIBILITY Diagram #8   LBS HAVE UNDERNEATH ZONES. DBS HAVE THEIR QUARTERS Vulnerable Areas. Low & outside M $ FC F W BC R 1/4 1/4 1/4 THIS GIVES US FOUR DEEP VS. FOUR VERTICALS 1/4 . Low & outside Vulnerable Areas.C.

$ FC M W BC F R 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4 .C. 4 PASS RESPONSIBILITY Diagram #9   DB‟s: Routes at 10 yds or more = man to man $/$ and WLB must jam to re-route #2.

4 PASS RESPONSIBILITY Diagram #10  Safeties and LB‟S Pattern Read #2.C. M $ FC F W BC R 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4 .

C. 4 PASS RESPONSIBILITY Diagram #11 M $ FC W BC F R 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4 .

C. 4 PASS RESPONSIBILITY Diagram #12 $ FC F M W BC R 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4 .

C. 4 PASS RESPONSIBILITY Diagram #13 $ FC 1/4 F 1/4 M W BC 1/4 R 1/4 .

90 SERIES (1.C.3. 4 PASS COVERAGE VS. STEP DROP)  DB‟s read QB three step drop.2. technique is very important Diagram #14 $ FC F M W BC R 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4 .

PASSING SCHEMES THAT CREATE PROBLEMS FOR QUARTERS COVERAGE Diagram #15a  Counter Pass M $ FC W late BC F R 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4 .

Counter Pass Adjustment: Double Robber Not good against multiple formations offenses unless you are able to check coverages Diagram #15b  Counter Pass vs Double Robber $ FC M RB W RB BC F R .

PASSING SCHEMES THAT CREATE PROBLEMS FOR QUARTERS COVERAGE Diagram #16  Iso Pass. “$” late on re-route of #2 rec. tough for F/S $ M late W FC F R BC 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4 .

PASSING SCHEMES THAT CREATE PROBLEMS FOR QUARTERS COVERAGE Diagram #17  Naked Pass: very effective play $ M w BC FC F R 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4 .

Man Diagram #18  Naked Pass: very effective play Field $ M w BC R FC F 1/4 1/4 .Naked Pass Adjustment: ¼. ¼ (slot).

have patience $ M w BC R FC F 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4 .PASSING SCHEMES THAT CREATE PROBLEMS FOR QUARTERS COVERAGE Diagram #19 Half Back Pass. FC must see WR contact on safety.

PASSING SCHEMES THAT CREATE PROBLEMS FOR QUARTERS COVERAGE Diagram #20  Play Action Pass: very effective “M” no re-route. vertical pressure on “R” $ M w BC R FC F 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4 .

.“Success is when preparation meet opportunity”  Prepare your players so that they understand the coaches‟ thinking process vs the opponent  Organize practice plans that create game like situations throughout the week. This will assist your players to be successful with any coverage you decide is best.

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