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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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Coaching the Reach Block

The Reach Block is a staple of zone scheme running plays.  Today we are going to look at how to execute the block.  We’ll also talk about considerations and adjustments that need to be made to the footwork when dealing with different alignments.  Finally, we’ll look at some drills you can use to coach up…

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The Run and Shoot Go Concept

Go! Coaches often copy successful schemes.  It’s no surprise that following the success June Jones had running the Run and Shoot Offense at the University of Hawai’i, many local high schools now run that same offense.  I’ve been stationed in Hawai’i most of my adult life and that means I’ve had the opportunity to coach…

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Coaching the Down Block

The Down Block is a staple of most gap scheme running plays.  Today we are going to look at how to execute the block.  We’ll also talk about considerations and adjustments that need to be made to the footwork when dealing with aggressive penetrating defenders as well as a reading style of defender.  Finally, we’ll…

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Isolation

The Isolation play is one of the best examples of power football.  It is a downhill play that very few fronts can take away.  The base rules are simple and can be adjusted to better attack the various fronts an offense will face.  I’ll start by going over the technique used by the linemen and…

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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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Defending Flow Pass with Cover 3

This is an excerpt from my book, Defending the Pass with Football 3-Deep Zone Coverage.  Pick up your copy here. Play Action Passes A play-action pass is a pass play that, on the initial action by the offense looks like a run play.  They are designed to draw second-level defenders up to defend the run. …

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