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PHOTO COPY AND CREA

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USA Football Playbook

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When young kids decide to play football it is likely that the glory of scoring offensive touchdowns is what draws them to the game. Team defense and tackling isn’ t as glamorous as scoring offensive touchdowns, but teams that make a commitment to playing great defense will find the experience of playing football more complete and more successful. Coaches must make a commitment to becoming a good defensive football team by instituting tackling, pursuit, and position specific drills, which are available at usafootball.com. Although it can be difficult to coordinate the timing and movement of an opposing offense, giving equal time to these core defensive

elements will give your team a better understanding of the game, and a better chance of stopping the opposition.

SCHEME

Defensive

schemes

have

become

just

as

complex

and

sophisticated

as

offensive

schemes

over

the

past

several

years.

If

the

keys

to

a

solid

offense

are

timing,

execution,

and

ball

security

then

the

keys

to

a

solid

defense

are

effort,

pursuit,

and

tackling.

Coaches

will

find

that

their

defense

will

perform

better

if

you

can

minimize

the

amount

of

thinking

and

reading

you

ask

the

young

players

to

do.

By

putting

the

players

in

positions

and

giving

them

simple

responsibilities

that

will

take

them

to

the

ball,

you

will

find

that

players

will

be

successful

and

this

builds

confidence.

This

playbook

will

cover

the

5-3

defense

which

provides

for

8

players

in

the

box,

it

is

a

solid

bend

but

don’

t break

scheme

that

uses

a

jam

and

contain

philosophy

. The

defensive

linemen

will

own

the

line

of

scrimmage

and

allow

the

Linebackers

to

run

the

alley

behind

them

to

make

tackles.

The

5-3

also

provides

solid

pass

coverage

concepts

that

should

defend

against

most

youth

passing

schemes.

If

the

offense

begins

to

spread

the

field

with

more

receivers

then

the

5-3

can

defend

a

transition

to

the

3-5-3

is

an

easy

one

to

make.

The

most

important

skill

on

defense

is

tackling,

if

you

are

not

a

good

tackling

team

then

whatever

scheme

you

line

up

in

will

prove

to

be

ineffective.

Introduction to Defense

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GGE:

This stands for Give Great Effort an anagram or phrase that coaches can use to motivate their players during practice. As a coach it is important that you coach every day with the energy and effort that you expect from your players. When coaches are not putting in the effort that they are expecting from the players it sends a poor message. In games it is important to “GGE” on every snap, regardless of the opponent, score, or time remaining. Praise hustle and effort every chance you get and don’ t spend time being negative to those players who are not giving great effort.

Tackle

the

Football:

This principle begins with an emphasis on pursuit, which is a big part of GGE. All eleven defensive players should pursue and gang tackle the football. Pursuit and gang tackling are the keys to eliminating big plays. Being physical and finishing tackles with leg drive and

aggression will help create turnovers and create pressure on the passing game.

Always

be

talking:

This is not about trash talking with your opponent - something that should never happen - it’ s about communication amongst the defensive players. Defense players should alert each other of offensive motion, shifts, crack blocks, passes, reverses, counters, and anything else they can identify . When stunts or blitzes are called, players must communicate to ensure that everyone knows what gap they are shooting. Defensive players must also come back to the sideline and be able to inform coaches of things such as line splits, blocking schemes, or formation changes.

Execution:

GGE, team pursuit, and communication are all important, however , executing the scheme is the key to great team defense. All 11

players must do their job and follow their assignments. Never let poor execution in practice go uncorrected.

Big

Team

little

me:

Always emphasize that the team is more important than the individual, or individuals. Everyone must know their job and trust that the other 10 teammates on the field know their job. Support each other and always celebrate individual success in relation to how it helped the TEAM.

Defensive Principles

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4

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Defensive Priorities

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5

De fe ns ive te am p ur su it is al l a bo ut d es ire a nd e ffo rt. H av in g al l 1 1 pl ay er s w an tin g to g et to th e fo ot ba ll on e ve ry p la y w ill m ak e yo ur d ef en se su cc es sf ul . A s a Co ac h, y ou c an e va lu at e te am p ur su it in a c ou pl e of w ay s. In p ra ct ic e yo u ca n bl ow a w hi st le b ef or e a pl ay e nd s to m ak e pl ay er s “F re ez e” w he re th ey a re . P oi nt o ut to e ac h on e of th em if th ey a re in a d es ire d pu rs ui t p os iti on o r n ot . T he o th er to ol c oa ch es c an u se to e va lu at e pu rs ui t a nd e ffo rt is w at ch in g ga m e fil m a nd fr ee zin g th e im ag e th ro ug h-ou t t he fi lm to a cc ou nt fo r a ll 1 1 p la ye rs a nd th ei r r el at io ns hi p to th e fo ot ba ll. Ge tti ng a fte r t he b al l: • F in d pl ay er s w ith m en ta l t ou gh ne ss th at sh ow d es ire • P ra ct ic e at a h ig h te m po to c on di tio n th e de fe ns e to h av e th e sa m e ef fo rt le ve l t hr ou gh ou t t he g am e • S pe ed a nd Q ui ck ne ss : R ea ct q ui ck ly; c on fu sio n w ill slo w yo u do w n • A gi lit y d ril ls m ak e at hl et es b et te r Ru le s of p ur su it: • S ta rt w ith a g re at st an ce a nd p ro pe r s te ps • I t’s a ll i n th e an gl e – m ak e su re yo u ca n cu t t he b al l o ff, n o fa lse st ep s • N ev er fo llo w th e sa m e co lo re d je rs ey , g oo d sp ac in g = go od p ur su it • W an t t o be th e fir st to th e ba ll • W ho h as b oo tle g, c ou nt er a nd re ve rs e re sp on sib ilit y? K ee p so m eo ne a t h om e, a lw ay s On ce y ou g et th er e: • B e un de r c on tro l in a b al an ce d po sit io n, re ad y t o st rik e • F in ish th e ta ck le , n ev er st op yo ur fe et • T ac kle in fr on t, do n ot d ra g do w n th e ba ll c ar rie r i f p os sib le , m in im ize e xt ra ya rd s Th e pu rs ui t e ffe ct : • N o lo ng to uc hd ow ns • S en ds a m es sa ge to yo ur o pp on en t t ha t y ou w ill pl ay e ve ry p la y t o th e w hi st le • P ro m ot es te am u ni ty , o ne g uy b re ak s d ow n, 10 o th er s a re b ac kin g hi m u p • C re at es tu rn ov er s

Pursuit and T

ackling

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6

Th e sk ill of ta ck lin g in fo ot ba ll is in m an y w ay s lik e th e sk ill of h itt in g a fa st ba ll in b as eb al l. If a pl ay er h as a fe ar o f g et tin g hi t b y th e pi tc h, d ev el op in g th e sk ills n ec es sa ry to h it th e pi tc h be co m es d iffi cu lt. T he s am e go es fo r t ac kli ng ; y ou ng p la ye rs m ay h av e a na tu ra l f ea r o f c on ta ct . T he y m ay a lso b e he sit an t t o re ve al th is fe ar , t he re fo re c oa ch es sh ou ld a lw ay s i nt ro du ce ta ck lin g an d co nt ac t i n a sa fe a nd g ra du al m an ne r. T ac kli ng d ril ls sh ou ld b e a pa rt of e ve ry p ra ct ic e; th e dr ills s ho ul d va ry a nd s ho ul d no t p ro m ot e fu ll s pe ed c ol lis io ns , a s th is m ay in cr ea se a p la ye r’s fe ar . Th er e ar e se ve ra l g re at d ril ls av ai la bl e to c oa ch es to m ak e yo ur te am a b et te r t ac kli ng te am .

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BO DY P OS IT IO N : • G et in b re ak do w n po sit io n w ith fe et a bo ut sh ou ld er w id th a pa rt, kn ee s b en t, ba ck fl at , h ea d up , a nd h an ds a t t he b el t r ea dy to sh oo t • G et yo ur b od y a cr os s a nd in fr on t o f t he b al l c ar rie r ( on th e sid el in e or a ng le ta ck le s) • S ho ot th e ha nd s t hr ou gh a nd re ac h fo r h ig h cl ot h on th e ba ck o f t he b al l c ar rie r • S ta y o n yo ur fe et a nd ru n th ro ug h th e ba ll c ar rie r o nl y l ea ve yo ur fe et in d es pe ra tio n CON TA CT : • O nc e co nt ac t i s m ad e th e hi ps sh ou ld ro ll i nt o th e ba ll c ar rie r • A rm s s ho ul d sq ue ez e th e ba ll c ar rie r a s y ou re ac h fo r h ig h cl ot h • T he fe et sh ou ld n ev er st op , u se p ow er st ep s ( sh or te r s te ps w ith fo rc e) a nd d riv e th ro ug h th e ta ck le • A lw ay s k ee p yo ur h ea d up w ith yo ur e ye s o n th e be lt ar ea to se e w ha t y ou a re h itt in g • B e ph ys ic al , w in th e co llis io n by d riv in g th e ba ll c ar rie r b ac kw ar ds FO OT W OR K: • S pr in t t o th e fo ot ba ll, sp ee d an d qu ic kn es s w ill ge t y ou th er e • A s y ou a pp ro ac h th e ba ll c ar rie r, sh or te n th e st ep s a nd e ns ur e th at yo ur b as e is no t t oo w id e or n ar ro w • C ho p th e fe et a nd fo cu s o n th e be lt ar ea o f t he b al l c ar rie r, it w ill ta ke yo u to h im • U se p ow er st ep s t o dr ive th e ba ll c ar rie r b ac kw ar ds Le ar n th e pr op er w ay to te ac h ta ck lin g an d fu nd am en ta l t ac kli ng d ril ls at w w w .u sa fo ot ba ll. co m

Becoming a Good T

ackling T

eam

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USA Football Playbook

7

Se tti ng g oa ls ca n be a g re at w ay to ke ep yo ur d ef en se m ot iva te d an d fo cu se d on su cc es s. It is im po rta nt to se t g oa ls th at re qu ire th e ex ec ut io n of de fe ns ive p rin ci pl es a nd p rio rit ie s, ho w ev er , it is e qu al ly im po rta nt to se t g oa ls th at c an b e at ta in ed a nd p ro vid e a co nn ec tio n be tw ee n pr ac tic e an d ga m e da y s uc ce ss . F or e xa m pl e, d ef en siv e pl ay er s w ho w or k h ar d on b ec om in g a be tte r t ra ck in g te am w ill ga in c on fid en ce w he n th ei r w or k p ay s of f o n ga m e da y. Co ac he s g ai n cr ed ib ilit y w he n th e go al s t he y s et fo r t he ir pl ay er s a re m et in g am e sit ua tio ns . C ho os e yo ur g oa ls ca re fu lly , m ak e su re yo u ca n tra ck th em w ith fi lm re vie w o r g am e da y s ta ts a nd a dj us t t he m th ro ug ho ut th e ye ar to e nc ou ra ge su cc es s. SA M PL E GO AL S • W in th e ga m e • L im it yo ur o pp on en ts p oi nt to ta l ( ad ju st to yo ur o ffe ns e’s a bi lit y t o sc or e bu t s ho ul d be le ss th an 14 ) • C re at e 3 t ur no ve rs : f um bl e re co ve ry , in te rc ep tio n, o ffe ns e tu rn -o ve r o n do w ns • F or ce p un ts • N o ru ns o ve r 2 0 y ar ds • N o pa ss p la ys o ve r 2 5 y ar ds • H ol d op po ne nt to le ss th an 10 0 y ar ds to ta l r us hi ng • H ol d op po ne nt to le ss th an 15 0 y ar ds to ta l p as sin g • D o no t a llo w a ny d riv es o f 1 0 p la ys o r m or e • D o no t a llo w o pp on en t i ns id e th e 30 ya rd lin e • N o fir st d ow ns in sid e th e 20 ya rd lin e • S co re o n de fe ns e • A ll 1 1 p la ye rs p ur su e th e fo ot ba ll o n ev er y p la y • N o m iss ed ta ck le s • F or ce 5 lo ss o f y ar da ge p la ys • N o w ro ng g ap s ( on st un ts e ve ry p la ye r a tta ck s t he a ss ig ne d ga p) • A ll p la ye rs o n th ei r f ee t o r m ak in g a ta ck le w he n th e w hi st le b lo w s

Defensive Goals

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To improve communication and ensure proper alignment for the defensive line it is best to employ the numbered technique system. In tro du ce th is s ys te m e ar ly in th e pr e-se as on a nd d ril l it e ve ry da y yo u w or k on d ef en se . E ve n th e yo un ge st p la ye rs w ill u nd er st an d th e sy st em ’s co nc ep ts a fte r o nl y a fe w p ra ct ic es . W he n al ig ni ng p la ye rs in p ra ct ic e, d ur in g dr ill s or s cr im m ag es , a lw ay s us e nu m be re d lin e ca lls to in st ill th e sy st em w ith in th em . I t i s im po rta nt to n ot e th at th er e is n o le ft or ri gh t t o th e sy st em - th e nu m be rs re m ai n co ns is te nt o n ea ch s id e of th e ba ll. 0 Te ch ni qu e – He ad u p al ig nm en t o ve r t he C en te r 1 Te ch ni qu e – Sh ad ed , s pl itt in g th e m id dl e of th e Ce nt er w ith th e in si de fo ot 2 Te ch ni qu e – He ad u p al ig nm en t o ve r t he G ua rd 2i T ec hn iq ue – Sh ad ed d ef en de r a lig ne d on th e in si de e ye o f t he G ua rd , o ut si de fo ot s pl itt in g th e m id dl e of th e Gu ar d 3 Te ch ni qu e – Ou ts id e sh ad e of th e Gu ar d, s pl itt in g th e m id dl e w ith th e in si de fo ot 4 Te ch ni qu e – He ad u p al ig nm en t o n th e Ta ck le 4i T ec hn iq ue – Sh ad ed d ef en de r a lig ne d on th e in si de e ye o f t he T ac kl e, o ut si de fo ot s pl itt in g th e m id dl e of th e Ta ck le 5 Te ch ni qu e – Ou ts id e sh ad e of th e Ta ck le , s pl itt in g th e m id dl e of th e Ta ck le w ith th e in si de fo ot 6 Te ch ni qu e – He ad u p al ig nm en t o ve r t he T ig ht E nd 7 Te ch ni qu e – Sh ad ed d ef en de r a lig ne d on th e in si de e ye o f t he T ig ht E nd , o ut si de fo ot s pl itt in g th e m id dl e of th e Ti gh t E nd 9 Te ch ni qu e – Ou ts id e sh ad e of th e Ti gh t E nd , s pl itt in g th e m id dl e w ith th e in si de fo ot 6 4 2 0 2 4 6 9-7 5-4i 3-2i 1-1 2i-3 4i-5 7-9

Line T

echnique Diagram

Line T

echniques

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9

BCR

Assignment for contain defender when the point of attack appears to be

away from them. They are responsible for Bootlegs, Counters, and Reverses coming back to their side. BACKSIDE

– The area away from the point of attack.

BOOT

A play in which the Quarterback rolls away from the flow in attempt to

catch the defense over pursuing. BOX

– Generally considered the area just outside the T

ight Ends or T

ackle (when

an End is split) and about 5 yards beyond the Line of Scrimmage. COUNTER

– An offensive play that appears to be attacking in one direction and

comes back in the opposite direction. CRACK

– A call made by the Cornerbacks to alert the inside defensive players

that an outside receiver is blocking down in the box. CONT

AIN

– Keeping the ball on the inside shoulder on pass or run.

CUSHION

– Describes the space between the Cornerback and the receiver

.

D & D

– Down and Distance, knowing what down it is and how far the offense

needs to go to gain a first down. Helps in alignment of Linebackers and Defensive Backs EDGE

The area outside the T

ight Ends or T

ackle (when an End is split) and out

to the sideline on each side of the ball. GAP

– The area between each Offensive Lineman in any given formation.

Gaps are lettered in succession in relation to their distance from the center; for example, the area between the Center and each Guard is the “A” gap

and the

area between

t

he Guards and the T

ackles is the “B” gap.

LOS

– This stands for Line of Scrimmage and is the imaginary line that runs from

the football to each sideline.

MAN TO MAN

– Coverage which isolates a defender on a receiver

.

MOTION

– Pre-snap movement by a receiver or Running Back

.

POINT OF A

TT

ACK

– The specific hole or gap that the ball is designed to go to. If

a dive play has been called for the “A” gap then the “A” gap is the Point of Attack. Offensive Linemen must understand where the Point of Attack is to properly apply their blocking rules. PRE-SNAP

– Describes the formation and motions that occur prior to the snap of

the ball. PRESS

– An alignment which places a defender directly in front of a wide

receiver to hold up, delay

, or redirect his movement off of the LOS.

PURSUIT

– The angles taken by defenders to cut off or track the ball carrier

.

RED ZONE

– The area between the 20 yard line and the goal line.

REVERSE

– An offensive play in which the ball begins in one direction, is

transferred to another player

, and comes back in the opposite direction.

STRONG SIDE

Generally the side of the offense with two receivers or a single

Tight End. STUNTS

– Describes the coordinated movement of the Defensive Line and the

Linebackers as they attack gaps. UNBALANCED

– When the offensive formation puts four linemen on one side of

the Center

.

WEAK SIDE

– The side of the football opposite the Strong Side.

ZONE

– An area of the field covered by a single defensive player

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Th e od d fro nt d ef en se in e ith er a fi ve m an fr on t o r t hr ee m an fr on t o ffe rs a fo ot ba ll co ac h th e ab ili ty to a pp ly p re ss ur e at th e “g ro un d ze ro ” of fo ot ba ll w hi ch is th e Ce nt er – Q ua rte rb ac k ex ch an ge . T he u se o f a N os e Gu ar d ei th er in a ze ro o r o ne te ch ni qu e ca n cr ea te m an y pr ob le m s fo r an o ffe ns iv e lin e. T he 5 -3 d ef en se is a n ex ce lle nt b as e de fe ns iv e sc he m e fo r a ll le ve ls o f p la y an d af fo rd s a ba la nc ed a pp ro ac h to d ef en di ng th e ru n an d th e pa ss in g ga m e. E ac h pl ay er in th e 5-3 ha s ba si c ru le s an d ke ys to fo llo w th at d o no t c ha ng e m uc h w ith v ar io us fo rm at io ns . T hi s m ak es th e de fe ns e ea sy to te ac h an d m or e im po rta nt ly e as y fo r y ou ng p la ye rs to le ar n. B lit z p ac ka ge s ou t o f t he 5 -3 c an b e ea si ly d es ig ne d an d di ffi cu lt fo r t he o ffe ns e to d et ec t, ho w ev er th e ba si c ph ilo so ph y of th e de fe ns e is a ja m a nd c on ta in s ch em e th at d oe s no t r eq ui re ta ki ng m an y ch an ce s w ith s tu nt s or b lit ze s. It a ls o co m ba ts th e zo ne b lo ck in g sc he m e w hi ch m or e an d m or e of fe ns es h av e be gu n to e m pl oy . ST OP PI N G TH E RU N : B ec au se o f t he ti m in g an d sk ill s et s re qu ire d to d ev el op a p as si ng g am e at th e yo ut h le ve l y ou w ill fi nd th at m os t y ou th of fe ns es a re p rim ar ily ru n or ie nt ed . B y pl ac in g ei gh t p la ye rs in th e bo x, th e 5-3 de fe ns e m ak es it v er y di ffi cu lt fo r o ffe ns es to c on si st en tly ru n th e fo ot ba ll. T he p la y of th e fro nt 5 s ho ul d m ak e it po ss ib le fo r t he th re e Li ne ba ck er s to ru n fre el y an d m ak e ta ck le s. C oa ch es c an e m pl oy sl an ts , v ar io us s tu nt s, o r a dj us te d al ig nm en t t ec hn iq ue s to k ee p th e of fe ns e fro m b ec om in g co m fo rta bl e w ith a c on si st en t a pp ro ac h. EA SY T O TE AC H: T he L in em en in th e 5-3 m ai nt ai n co ns is te nt ru le s on a lm os t a ll pl ay s, th er ef or e th ey c an e xp lo de o ut o f t he ir st an ce s an d pl ay w ith a gg re ss iv e in te ns ity a nd n ot h av e to re ly o n m an y ke ys o r r ea ds . W hi le th e Li ne ba ck er s do h av e a fe w a dj us tm en ts to m ak e in re la tio n-sh ip to fo rm at io ns o r m ot io ns , t he se c ha ng es a re e as ily d ril le d in in di vi du al a nd te am ti m e w or k at p ra ct ic e. T he D ef en si ve B ac ks w ill a lm os t al w ay s be in m an o r a s im pl e co ve r t hr ee zo ne th at a ls o le nd s its el f t o an e as y te ac h an d le ar n dy na m ic . FL EX IB LE : W ith th e ba si c fu nd am en ta ls a nd a ss ig nm en ts le ar ne d in th e 5-3 de fe ns e it be co m es e as y fo r t he d ef en se to s w itc h to a 5 -2 , o r t he po pu la r 3 -5 -3 d ef en se w ith ou t m uc h di ffi cu lty . B ei ng fl ex ib le a nd a bl e to a dj us t t o va rio us o ffe ns iv e ap pr oa ch es is a m us t f or d ef en si ve fo ot ba ll. De fe ns iv e un its th at lin e up th e sa m e w ay o n ev er y sn ap a nd c om e of f t he b al l w ith th e sa m e ga p as si gn m en ts w ill be co m e pr ed ic ta bl e an d ea si er to s ch em e ag ai ns t. ST AR T AT T HE P OI N T: W he n em pl oy in g an o dd fr on t d ef en se th e se le ct io n of th e N os e Gu ar d an d M id dl e Li ne ba ck er is v er y im po rta nt . T he N os e Gu ar d w ill cr ea te b lo ck in g pr ob le m s in b ot h A ga ps a nd th e M id dl e Li ne ba ck er m us t b e sm ar t, at hl et ic , a nd a n ex ce lle nt ta ck le r.

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The front five linemen in the 5-3 defense must dominate the line of scrimmage and the offensive linemen from tackle to tackle. They must always get off the ball very quickly and hit their assignments, prepared to find the football and make a play . They must understand that if they do a great job that likely means the Linebackers will make the majority of the tackles, they must understand the concept of team defense and

not allow the offensive Linemen to get to the second level and block the Linebackers.

NOSE GUARD

STANCE:

3 or 4 point stance. The 4 point stance may be better for younger players to maintain balance and the ability to stay low . When using

the 3 point stance the player should place whatever hand feels most comfortable on the ground. TECHNIQUE

ALIGNMENT : The Nose Guard will almost always line up in a zero technique head up on the center . On occasion he can line up

in a one technique; this will likely force the offensive Guard on that side to execute a double team block. FIRS

T ST EP S: T he N os e w ill d o a va rie ty o f t hi ng s fr om h is z er o te ch ni qu e, in cl ud in g dr iv in g sq ua re th ro ug h th e Ce nt er o r sl an tin g to e ith er A g ap . H is s ta nc e sh ou ld a llo w h im to g et o ff th e ba ll qu ic kl y an d dr iv e in to th e ba ck fi el d.

DEFENSIVE T

ACKLES

ST ANCE: 3 or 4 point stance. The 4 point stance may be better for younger players to maintain balance and the ability to stay low . When using

the 3 point stance the player should place their outside hand on the ground. TECHNIQUE

ALIGNMENT : The Tackles will line up in a couple of different techniques, the base technique would be a five, however we will

also utilize a 4 and 4i technique with him. FIRS

T ST EP S: T he T ac kl es w ill a lm os t a lw ay s dr iv e do w n th ro ug h th e O ffe ns iv e Ta ck le s w ith th ei r in si de s ho ul de r an d ke ep th ei r ou ts id e sh ou ld er s qu ar e in th e ga p. T he ir fir st s te p ha s to b e a sh or t p ow er s te p w ith th e in si de fo ot a nd th en a lo ng er s te p w ith th e ou ts id e fo ot to g et s qu ar e.

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DEFENSIVE ENDS

STANCE:

2 point stance with the outside leg back, knees bent, hands

out in front. TECHNIQUE ALIGNMENT : The Defensive Ends will almost always line up in a 9 technique, outside eye of the Tight End. If the formation does not present a T

ight End the Defensive End should slide down into a 5 technique and the T

ackle will slide down into a 4i.

FI RS T ST EP S: T he D ef en si ve e nd a lm os t a lw ay s ha s ed ge o r o ut si de c on ta in , w e w an t t o ja m th e Ti gh t E nd d ow n in si de a nd m ai nt ai n ou ts id e le ve ra ge fo r a ny th in g co m in g hi s w ay . T he fi rs t s te p is fo rw ar d w ith th e ou ts id e fo ot , s ta yi ng s qu ar e an d no t g et tin g ho ok ed or c ra ck ed d ow n in si de .

5-3 Line Alignment

NG

DE

DT

DE

DT

NG ALIGNS IN A O TECHNIQUE DT’S 4-5 TECHNIQUE ADJUSTED FOR SPLITS DE’S 9 TECHNIQUE OUTSIDE SHADE OF TE

NG ALIGNS IN A O TECHNIQUE DT’S 4-5 TECHNIQUE AD

JUS

TED F

OR SPLIT

S

DE’S 9 TECHNIQUE OUT

SIDE SHADE OF TE

Defensive Line Play 5-3

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Th e 5-3 de fe ns e af fo rd s th e Li ne ba ck er s to m ak e lo ts o f t ac kl es , w ith a s tro ng a nd q ui ck d ef en si ve li ne th e Li ne ba ck er s sh ou ld b e ab le to ru n fre e to th e ba ll. T he M id dl e Li ne ba ck er m us t b e th e le ad er o n th e fie ld , c al l o ut a ll th e fo rm at io n ad ju st m en ts a nd re co gn ize th in gs li ke u nb al -an ce d lin es , a nd c ha ng es in p er so nn el th at m ay ti p a tri ck p la y. Yo u ca n el ec t t o ha ve a st ro ng si de Li ne ba ck er a nd a w ea k s id e Li ne ba ck er , h ow -ev er it w ou ld b e be st to k ee p ea ch o f t he m o n th e sa m e si de a nd te ac h th em d iff er en ce s be tw ee n pl ay in g ag ai ns t a T ig ht E nd a nd n o Ti gh t E nd .

M

ID

DL

E

LI

N

EB

AC

KE

R

ST AN CE : 2 p oi nt s ta nc e. W ei gh t s ho ul d be o n th e ba lls o f t he fe et to p ro m ot e a do w nh ill m en ta lit y; th es e pl ay er s sh ou ld b e ab le to m ov e to w ar ds th e ba ll on th e sn ap . T he k ne es s ho ul d be b en t, ha nd s ou t i n fro nt , e ye s on F ul lb ac k or n ea r B ac k. D o no t s ta gg er th e fe et , t oe s sh ou ld b e ev en . AL IG N M EN T: S ta ck ed o n th e N os e Gu ar d w he n he is in a ze ro te ch ni qu e, if th e N os e sl id es to a 1 , t he M id dl e Li ne ba ck er s ho ul d st ay o ve r t he Ce nt er a nd s lid e up to w ar ds th e ba ll sl ig ht ly. FI RS T ST EP S: If a s tu nt is c al le d th e Li ne ba ck er m us t t ak e a di re ct io na l s te p w ith th e fo ot c lo se st to h is g ap a ss ig nm en t a nd th en q ui ck po w er s te ps in to th e ga p. If n o st un t i s ca lle d fo r t he M id dl e Li ne ba ck er b ut th e N os e Gu ar d is s la nt in g, th en th e M LB m us t t ak e on e re ad s te p to w ar ds th e op po si te A g ap . I f t he N os e Gu ar d is p la yi ng th ro ug h th e Ce nt er th e M LB m us t r ea d th e Fu llb ac k an d fil l e ith er A g ap a s ne ed ed .

OU

TS

ID

E

LI

N

EB

AC

KE

RS

ST AN CE : 2 p oi nt s ta nc e. W ei gh t s ho ul d be o n th e ba lls o f t he fe et to p ro m ot e a do w nh ill m en ta lit y; th es e pl ay er s sh ou ld b e ab le to m ov e to -w ar ds th e ba ll on th e sn ap . T he k ne es s ho ul d be b en t, ha nd s ou t i n fro nt , e ye s on n ea r b ac k. D o no t s ta gg er th e fe et , t oe s sh ou ld b e ev en . TE CH N IQ UE A LI GN M EN T: If th er e is a T ig ht E nd li ne d up o n hi s si de th e Ou ts id e Li ne ba ck er li ne s up o ve r t he O ffe ns iv e Ta ck le a bo ut 2 -3 y ar ds of f o f t he b al l. If no T ig ht E nd a nd o nl y on e w id e pl ay er s of te n up ju st a li ttl e an d cu t o ff an y sl an t p as s. If th er e is a s ec on d w id e pl ay er , i ns id e sh ad e on th e in si de re ce iv er .

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FI RS T ST EP S: If a s tu nt is c al le d th e Li ne ba ck er m us t t ak e a di re ct io na l s te p w ith th e fo ot c lo se st to h is g ap a ss ig nm en t a nd th en q ui ck p ow er st ep s in to th e ga p. R ea d st ep is to th e C ga p, if a ny b ac ks a re c om in g at h im h e m us t s te p up a nd m ee t t he m in th e ho le . I f t he b al l g oe s aw ay ch ec k fo r a ny th in g co m in g ba ck , t he n pu rs ue th e fo ot ba ll.

LB

LB

5-3 Linebacker Alignment

NG

DE

DT

DE

DT

NG ALIGNS IN A O TECHNIQUE DT’S 4-5 TECHNIQUE ADJUSTED FOR SPLITS DE’S 9 TECHNIQUE OUTSIDE SHADE OF TE

MLB

MLB ST

ACKS ON NG. ADJUST DEPTH FOR DOWN & DIST

ANCE

OLB ST

ACKED ON DT ADJUST DEPTH FOR DOWN AND DIST

ANCE

Linebacker Play 5-3

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In th e 5-3 de fe ns e or a ny d ef en si ve s ch em e w e ex pe ct o ur d ef en si ve b ac ks to a lw ay s th in k pa ss fi rs t a nd th en p ro vi de ru n su pp or t. W he n th e of fe ns iv e fo rm at io n pr es en ts o nl y on e Sp lit E nd o r F la nk er to th ei r s id e, th e Co rn er ba ck s w ill h av e th os e pl ay er s in a m an to m an te ch ni qu e (w e w ill c ov er zo ne a ss ig nm en ts la te r). If th er e is n ot a p la ye r o ut si de th e bo x to d ef en d th e Co rn er ba ck s w ill c he ck T ig ht E nd a nd n ea r b ac k fo r a ny qu ic k pa ss es o r s w in gs o ut o f t he b ac kfi el d. T he S af et y is ju st th at , n o Of fe ns iv e Pl ay er s ho ul d ev er g et b eh in d th e Sa fe ty , h e th in ks p as s fir st a nd se co nd , a nd o nl y co m es u p to s up po rt th e ru n w he n th e ba ll cr os se s th e lin e of s cr im m ag e.

CO

RN

ER

BA

CK

ST AN CE : 2 p oi nt s ta nc e. W ei gh t s ho ul d be e ve n ov er th e fe et , o ut si de le g ba ck s lig ht ly, k ne es b en t a nd o ve r t he fe et , ha nd s ou t i n fro nt , e ye s on k ey s. AL IG N M EN T: V S. W id e Re ce iv er : A dj us t t he d ep th o ff of th e lin e of s cr im m ag e ac co rd in g to th e sp ee d of th e Of fe ns iv e pl ay er an d th e do w n an d di st an ce . T he re is n o ne ed to p re ss th e co ve ra ge o n a 3r d do w n an d 10 y ar ds to g o. VS . N o W id e Re ce iv er : S et u p 4 ya rd s ou ts id e th e De fe ns iv e En d an d 4 ya rd s of f o f t he li ne o f s cr im m ag e. FI RS T ST EP S: T ak e tw o “r ea d st ep s” b ac kw ar ds a nd fo cu se s on th e fo ot ba ll. Is th e Qu ar te rb ac k sh ow in g ru n or p as s? A s lo ng a s th e ba ll is g o-in g ba ck w ar ds fr om th e lin e of s cr im m ag e th in k pa ss . C ov er th e as si gn ed re ce iv er a nd fo llo w th e fo ot ba ll w ith y ou r e ye s. O nc e yo u se e ru n, if th e ba ll is c om in g to w ar ds y ou s qu ee ze d ow n m ai nt ai ni ng o ut si de le ve ra ge . I f t he b al l i s go in g aw ay ta ke a w id e pu rs ui t a ng le , y ou m ay b e th e la st d ef en de r a bl e to s to p a sc or e.

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SA

FE

TY

ST AN CE : 2 p oi nt st an ce . W ei gh t s ho ul d be e ve nl y d is tri bu te d ov er th e fe et , a nd m or e up rig ht th en th e Li ne ba ck er s w ith e ye s o n th e Qu ar te rb ac k. . TE CH N IQ UE A LI GN M EN T: S af et y al ig nm en t s ho ul d be 1 0 ya rd s fro m th e ba ll an d ce nt er ed o ve r t he fo ot ba ll or s lig ht ly to w ar ds th e w id e si de o f th e fie ld w he n th e ba ll is o n th e ha sh m ar k. FI RS T ST EP S: Ta ke tw o “r ea d st ep s” b ac kw ar ds a nd fo cu se s o n th e fo ot ba ll. Is th e Qu ar te rb ac k s ho w in g ru n or p as s? A s l on g as th e ba ll i s g oi ng ba ck w ar ds fr om th e lin e of s cr im m ag e th in k pa ss . C he ck th e Ti gh t E nd o r b ac ks c om in g ou t o f t he b ac kfi el d pr ov id e de ep s up po rt an d w at ch th e fo ot ba ll an d th e ey es o f t he p la ye r w ith it .

5-3 Defensive Back Alignment

DE DE MLB NG LB DT CB CB S LB DT

CB 4yds X 4yds from TE S 10 yards centered over the ball

CB 4yds X 4yds from TE

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Th e 5-3 al lo w s Co ac he s to d ev is e va rio us ru n bl itz es th at g et th e Li ne ba ck er s pl ay in g do w n hi ll an d to w ar ds th e LO S. T he m os t c om m on s tu nt is be tw ee n th e N os e Gu ar d an d M id dl e Li ne ba ck er ; t he y fil l e ac h A ga p an d th us o cc up y th e Ce nt er a nd 2 G ua rd s. R un b lit ze s fo r t he O ut si de L in e-ba ck er s c an a ls o be e xe cu te d w ith th e De fe ns iv e Ta ck le s a t t he B a nd C g ap s. Fi na lly C oa ch es c an sl an t t he Ta ck le s a nd th e N os e Gu ar d ba se d on te nd en ci es s ho w n th ro ug h sc ou tin g an d ho ld th e Li ne ba ck er s to re ad a nd re ac t.

BASE 5-3 ASSIGNMENTS

Left Defensive End

Lin e up in a 9 te ch ni qu e. J am th e Tig ht E nd in sid e an d m ai nt ai n ou ts id e le ve ra ge . C on tro l t he e dg e, c on ta in th e QB o n ro llo ut s. Ba ll go es a w ay p la y B CR

Left Outside Linebacker

St ac k b eh in d DT st ep to C g ap if p ow er c om es st ep in a nd c lo se . R ea d th e ne ar b ac k a nd th e gu ar ds to fi nd th e Po in t o f A tta ck Nose Guard Lin e up in a 0 te ch ni qu e an d sla nt to th e st ro ng si de A g ap , ge tti ng sq ua re a nd d riv in g th e Ce nt er b ac k. No m or e th en 1 ya rd d ee p, st ay sq ua re . L ow P ad Le ve l Safety Lin e up 10 ya rd s c en te re d ov er th e ba ll. Re ad th e QB a nd o ut sid e re ce ive rs . P la y p as s fi rs t 2 re ad st ep s b ac k, an y i ns id e ru ns c om e up a nd fi ni sh . Right Cornerback If a w id e pl ay er is in th e fo rm at io n, lin e up w ith in sid e le ve ra ge a nd p la y m an c ov er ag e. N o w id e pl ay er lin e up 4 x 4 a nd p la y e dg e co nt ai n re ad in g th e ne ar b ac k. Al w ay s s ta rt w ith 2 re ad st ep s b ac kw ar ds .

Right Defensive End

Lin e up in a 9 te ch ni qu e. J am th e Tig ht E nd in sid e an d m ai nt ai n ou ts id e le ve ra ge . C on tro l t he e dg e, c on ta in th e QB o n ro llo ut s. Ba ll g oe s a w ay p la y B CR Left Defensive T ackle Lin e up in a 4 or 5 te ch ni qu e de pe nd in g on sp lit s an d ja m th e OT in to th e B ga p w ith th e in sid e sh ou ld er a nd st ep sq ua re in to th e C. N o m or e th en 1 ya rd d ee p. Lo w P ad Le ve l Left Cornerback If a w id e pl ay er is in th e fo rm at io n, lin e up w ith in sid e le ve r ag e an d pl ay m an c ov er ag e. N o w id e pl ay er lin e up 4 x 4 a nd p la y e dg e co nt ai n re ad in g th e ne ar b ac k. Al w ay s s ta rt w ith 2 re ad st ep s b ac kw ar ds . Right Defensive T ackle Lin e up in a 4 or 5 te ch ni qu e de pe nd in g on sp lit s an d ja m th e OT in to th e B ga p w ith th e in sid e sh ou ld er a nd st ep sq ua re in to th e C. N o m or e th en 1 ya rd d ee p. Lo w P ad Le ve l Middle Linebacker St ac k b eh in d No se G ua rd a nd o n th e sn ap st ep to t he w ea k s id e A ga p, if p ow er c om es th er e cl os e th e ga p. R ea d th e fu llb ac k a nd gu ar ds to fi nd th e Po in t o f A tta ck

Right Outside Linebacker

St ac k b eh in d DT st ep to C g ap if p ow er c om es st ep in a nd c lo se . R ea d th e ne ar b ac k a nd th e gu ar ds to fi nd th e Po in t o f A tta ck

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CO

AC

HI

N

G

PO

IN

TS

:

4

T he M id dl e Li ne ba ck er m us t c om m un ic at e al l f or m at io ns a dj us tm en ts o r u nb al an ce d lin es

4

Q ui ck ne ss o f t he b al l, w ith ou t p en et ra tin g to o de ep a re k ey s to D ef en si ve L in e pl ay , J am a nd C on ta in

4

L in eb ac ke rs s ho ul d ta ke 1 re ad s te p fo rw ar d, if th er e is n o ac tio n co m in g at th em g et in th e al le y an d ru n to th e ba ll

4

D ef en si ve E nd s ca n no t g et c au gh t i ns id e or to o de ep in th e ba ck fie ld , w he n th e ba ll g oe s aw ay th ey m us t s ta y ho m e fo r B CR

4

D ef en si ve B ac ks m us t t hi nk p as s fir st , if O ffe ns iv e Co ac he s se e th em g et tin g la zy th ey w ill at ta ck w ith p la y ac tio n pa ss es

5-3 Defense Defending the Run

DE: JAM THE TE AND SHUT DOWN THE EDGE LB’S: T

AKE 1 READ STEP IF POA ISN’T COMING

AT YOU FLOW TO THE FOOTBALL DB’S: 2 READ STEPS BACK FIND THE FOOTBALL

DE DE DT S CB NG CB DT LB MLB LB

Playing the Run 5-3

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Th e 5-3 c an d ef en d th e qu ic k s ho rt pa ss in g ga m e be st o ut o f a m an c ov er ag e co nc ep t; ho w ev er it d oe s s et u p as a n ex ce lle nt c ov er 2 or 3 zo ne p ac k-ag e as w el l. W ith yo un ge r p la ye rs th e th re at o f a d ow nfi el d ve rti ca l p as si ng g am e is n ot h ig h, th er ef or e de fe ns iv e ba ck s s ho ul d pr es s c ov er o ut si de re ce iv er s w ith in si de le ve ra ge to ta ke a w ay th e sl an t a nd h itc h pa tte rn . T he D ef en si ve E nd s m us t n ev er a llo w a Ti gh t E nd a fr ee re le as e of f o f t he b al l fo r a d um p pa ss . I n th e zo ne p ac ka ge th e ag e of th e pl ay er s an d th ei r a bi lit y to s tre tc h th e fie ld s ho ul d di ct at e th e de pt h of th e zo ne d ef en de rs . F or yo un ge r p la ye rs o r a ga in st te am s th at u til ize a s ho rt to in te rm ed ia te p as si ng g am e th e Co ve r 2 is th e be tte r c ho ic e.

5-3 COVER 2 ZONE ASSIGNMENTS

Left Defensive End

Lin e up in a 9 te ch ni qu e. J am th e Tig ht E nd in sid e an d m ai nt ai n ou ts id e le ve ra ge . O nc e yo u re ad p as s a tta ck th e QB fr om th e ou ts id e, j am a ny b ac ks th at m ay c ro ss yo ur fa ce

Left Outside Linebacker

St ac k b eh in d DT st ep to C g ap if p ow er c om es st ep in a nd c lo se th e ga p. O nc e yo u re ad p as s g et to zo ne . W ea k S id e: Fl at A re a. St ro ng S id e: C ur l Z on e Nose Guard Lin e up in a 0 te ch ni qu e an d sla nt to th e st ro ng si de A g ap , ge tti ng sq ua re a nd d riv in g th e Ce nt er b ac k. Ja m a ny b ac k t ha t c om es a t y ou a nd on ce yo u re ad p as s g et a fte r t he Q B Safety Lin e up 10 ya rd s c en te re d ov er th e ba ll. Ta ke 2 re ad st ep s, on ce yo u re ad p as s g et to d ee p ha lf zo ne c ov er ag e. Right Cornerback – I f a w id e pl ay er is in th e fo rm at io n, lin e up w ith in sid e le ve ra ge a nd ta ke a w ay a nd q ui ck p as s p la ys . O nc e yo u re ad p as s g et to zo ne . St ro ng S id e: Fl at A re a W ea k S id e: D ee p Ha lf

Right Defensive End

Lin e up in a 9 te ch ni qu e. J am th e Tig ht E nd in sid e an d m ai nt ai n ou ts id e le ve ra ge . O nc e yo u re ad p as s a tta ck th e QB fr om th e ou ts id e, ja m a ny b ac ks th at m ay c ro ss yo ur fa ce a w ay p la y B CR Left Defensive T ackle Lin e up in a 4 or 5 te ch ni qu e de pe nd in g on sp lit s a nd j am th e OT in to th e B ga p w ith th e in sid e sh ou ld er a nd st ep sq ua re in to th e C . O nc e yo u re ad p as s a tta ck th e QB ja m a ny b ac k t ha t c om es yo ur w ay Left Cornerback If a w id e pl ay er is in th e fo rm at io n, lin e up w ith in sid e le ve ra ge a nd ta ke a w ay a nd q ui ck p as s p la ys . O nc e yo u re ad p as s g et to zo ne . St ro ng S id e: Fl at A re a W ea k S id e: D ee p Ha lf Right Defensive T ackle Lin e up in a 4 or 5 te ch ni qu e de pe nd in g on sp lit s an d ja m th e OT in to th e B ga p w ith th e in sid e sh ou ld er a nd st ep sq ua re in to th e C. O nc e yo u re ad p as s a tta ck th e QB ja m a ny b ac k t ha t c om es yo ur w ay Middle Linebacker St ac k b eh in d No se G ua rd a nd o n th e sn ap st ep to th e w ea k s id e A ga p, if p ow er c om es st ep in a nd c lo se th e ga p. O nc e yo u re ad p as s ge t t o th e w ea k s id e cu rl zo ne

Right Outside Linebacker

St ac k b eh in d DT st ep to C g ap if p ow er c om es st ep in a nd c lo se th e ga p. O nc e yo u re ad p as s g et to zo ne . W ea k S id e: Fl at A re a. St ro ng S id e: C ur l Z on e

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