Category - DEFENSIVE PLAYBOOK

By Jerry Gordon Zone blitzes from the under front have three things in common: There will be five rushers. There will be three underneath players, two seam/curl/flat defenders and one No. 3 control defender. There will be three deep players. The...

By Mike Pettine Today we are here to talk about different looks out of the double mug package. As defensive coaches, we are always looking for ways to line up that are simple for us and difficult on the offense. We know that threatening both A-gaps...

By Steve Specht Today we are going to talk about identifying a key receiver and how you can isolate to take that receiver out of the game. At Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier High School, we see a lot of spread offenses. Every time we see spread...

By Marty Berson Marty Berson has spent chunks of the last 30 years coaching special teams at various levels of high school football in Orange County. He has implemented an option kickoff return scheme that relies on reverses and misdirection to...

By Adam Harvey At Cibolo (Texas) Steele High School, we base out of a press-two coverage. Our checks are sky and cloud to go Cover 3, and we will play Cover 4 and Cover 1. Our Cover 2 Read takes away the things that usually attack Cover 2 like...

By Adam Gaylor Today we are going to talk about 20-personnel run fits. We are going to talk about our 3-4 odd fronts and how we fit it against the run. Base Structure In our odd front, the base we are going to set the front is towards the passing...

By Cody Alexander Most defensive coaches understand the distribution of routes when it comes to the four secondary players. Whether running a single-high Cover 3 scheme or a two-high quarter scheme, there is simplicity in teaching the basic...

By Joby Turner The “wrong-arm” or spill concept is one of the most argued techniques amongst defensive coaches. History and purpose Many older coaches who cut their teeth in the 5-2 defenses taught their defensive ends to “box” or contain...

By Andy Ryland All coaches want practice work to transfer to the game. It is a long held coach-ism that, “If you don’t see your drills on the film, you are doing the wrong drills.” What this tends to lead to is a move toward...