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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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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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5-Spoke Secondary Play

I got a copy of Modern Defensive Football by Gomer Jones and Bud Wilkinson for my birthday.  Written in 1957, it’s still extremely relevant today.  In this book, Jones and Wilkinson describe their 4-Spoke and 5-Spoke secondary.  Today we are going to look at the 5-Spoke secondary.  In the book, they use position names common…

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Defending the Zone Read

The Zone Read play has become ubiquitous in football.  It is run at every level, from youth leagues up to the NFL.  Today we’ll do a quick post on how we defend against the Zone Read play.  We’ll look at our base way of defending it as well as an adjustment we run. Like any…

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Cover 2 Variations

Cover 2 is one of my favorite coverages.  It defends the short, quick passing game extremely well and is a good against the run.  It also has many adjustments that can be used to attack the offense and make up for the shortcomings inherent in Cover 2. Below we will examine several of these variations.…

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Defending Trips with Cover 3

When an offense aligns in a Trips (3×1) formation, they are attempting to gain an advantage in either the run or pass game.  In the passing game, they are looking to overload the 3 receiver side of the coverage or isolate their player in a one-on-one match-up on the single receiver side.  How you defend…

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