FNF Coaches Talk for March 5 — Cover 2 Read, South Carolina’s ‘Multiple’ D-Line Looks, Steps to Installing a New Offense

FNF Coaches Talk

Good afternoon, Coaches. Take a look at some of the stories we’re talking about today.

1. Eliminate Big Plays with Cover 2 Read (USA Football Blogs)

Chunk plays are the bane of every defensive coach’s existence, so we’re always open to advice on how to eliminate those plays. Cibolo (Texas) Steele High School coach Adam Harvey shares his team’s strategy.

The first thing we like about our Cover 2 Read is it allows us to align versus different formations and continue to stop the run. We want to be sound on the back end, especially against offenses like the Air Raid, but we also have to stop the run and have answers for the immensely popular RPO offenses.
We like that the coverage eliminates the big play by disrupting the routes early. The way we play our press allows no easy release off the line of scrimmage for the wide receiver. We have found that at the high school level it’s difficult to get off of a really good press technique by the corner.
Finally, we like that it takes away the quick passing game. Spread passing teams want to hit you quick especially versus off quarters, which allows them to dink and dunk down the field. By having someone in the flat immediately, the quarterback will have trouble hitting a high percentage of his quick throws.

Here’s an example of how the scheme works.

Coaches — What coverage do you prefer when you’re trying to stop the other team from converting a big play?

2. Why the Gamecocks are teaching two D-line schemes and how having 2 coaches factors in (The State)

South Carolina Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp wants to have a “multiple” defense, one that can deploy looks with three and four down linemen. So, how is he attempting to achieve that goal?

Some of the defensive linemen will spend the whole time with new line coach John Scott Jr., while others will be passed off between Scott and outside linebacker coach Mike Peterson.

Said Muschamp: “How our teaching progression really works, we spend the first five days in four-down, which there’s a lot of attention, progression for the inside techniques that very much carry over, and then a teaching progression for our Bucks and our ends. … We’ll take practices 6-10 and just play three-down.
“As we work into practice 11, we’ll co-mingle them. It helps our offense as far as installation, as well.”

Certainly high school coaches will say they wish they had two coaches at every position, but you may be able to pull off “multiple” defenses as long as your position coaches can teach various techniques.

Muschamp explained in the four-down (one-gap) looks, players have a lot of carryover no matter where they line up inside. The same is true of the end and Buck players in that scheme. Then in three-down, the linemen all learn similar things, far different from what the edge players are being asked to do.

What variations of defensive looks can you provide to opposing offenses?

3. 3 Steps to Installing a New Offense (FNF Coaches)

Coaches have to find ways to scheme around disadvantages in size or speed. Installing schemes that suit your players’ collective skill set is something every coach should do in the offseason. Install a system that puts your players in the best position to succeed – even if your players are less talented than their opponents.

Houston Guy was in the midst of his second straight losing season at the start of his tenure as the Wall High (Texas) coach in 2008. He spent a Saturday afternoon after a Friday night loss lying on the couch and watching a Notre Dame-Navy game.

What he saw changed the course of his program for the next decade.

“We were 4-6, then 3-7, and I knew the wishbone wasn’t the offense we needed,” Guy said. “We needed something where we could read defensive players, and we didn’t have to block everybody. I wanted to play 11 on 9 instead of 11 on 11.”

Guy has been running the flexbone for the last 10 years, and the returns have been exceptional. It took about a year for his team to master the new offense, but since 2010, the Hawks have gone 105-17.

“We sold out for this offense, and it changed everything,” Guy said. “It wasn’t hard to convince the kids because what we had wasn’t working.”

Guy said the overhauled offense took shape in three steps. Check out the story to find out about those steps.

What is the hardest part about installing a new offensive of defensive scheme?

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