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Drilling Cover 1 – Rambo Drill

The following is a brief overview of the Rambo Drill we use to teach our linebackers to defend 1-back formations in Cover 1-Rat.  This is a simple drill that is at the heart of the Cover 1-Rat scheme.  For more details on this coverage, and other drills to help install it, check out The No Fly…

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Defending RPOs with 2-Read Coverage

Run-Pass-Options (RPOs) have become all the rage in recent years.  RPOs seek to take advantage of defenders who are in a run-pass-conflict.  This conflict is created because the defender has a gap he must defend in the running game, and a zone he must defend in the passing game.  An offense will execute a run…

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Triangle Pass Coverage Concept

Defending spread passing teams often requires a numerical advantage.  The Triangle concept is a good way to get that advantage and can be effective versus 2×2, trips, and empty formations. In the Triangle concept, we will always have one deep defender (D), one outside defender (O) and one inside defender (I).  The O keys the…

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Last Chance Play

You’re down by 7 or less, with just enough time to run one more play.  There is no way your quarterback has the arm strength to get the ball to the end zone.  What do you do, Coach? Today we’ll take a very quick look at a simple play that can get you out of…

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Attacking 1-Back Pass Pro

Sometimes you need to bring the heat.  Send six rushers at the quarterback to force a bad throw, a fumble, or a sack.  Versus 1-Back formations, there are six offensive players to block your six rushers.  If you can guarantee one of your guys comes free it sure would make life a bit easier.  Today…

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Defending Iso From the 3-3-5

The 3-3-5 Stack defense is an excellent platform for defending the 2-back, I-formation run game.  Today we’ll look at how to defend the isolation play. The  Isolation play attacks the A or B gap and looks to isolate the fullback on the play side linebacker.  As the fullback inserts himself into the line of scrimmage, he…

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