By Ross Maddalon (Assistant Coach, Cinnaminson High School – formerly the OC at Old Bridge HS and Nottingham HS, NJ) Having coached the triple option for over 11 years, I have seen many different ways teams have tried to stop it. Here are three things teams have done in the past that have given us […]
The Crossfire Blitz out of the 3-4 under defense is a great way to take away the strength of the offense’s formation. This blitz is easy to install, but very difficult for the offense to block.
One of the most difficult tasks in football is getting Linebackers to have an effective pass drop. Linebackers, by their nature, are not great pass defenders.
The Power Play is one of the most universal running schemes in football. In order to defend it properly the defense must have all players on their game and completing their jobs.
The Jet Sweep is a difficult play for any defense to defend. The heart of what makes the Jet Sweep so difficult to defend is the play design.
In defense it’s important to have multiple blitz packages to achieve different objectives. As a whole blitzes fall into two different categories, overload blitzes and interior blitzes.
This past season we made it to the semi-finals of the playoffs. We played great defense at times, but we also played bad defense at times.
Defensive Coordinators have one of the hardest jobs in football. They must prepare for an offense that can run just about any formation or play out of that formation.
There are 4 things all championship defenses do well. They all pursuit relentlessly to the ball carrier, they are able to beat blocks, they tackle well, and they are able to generate turnovers.
Championship defenses all have one thing in common, they all do a great job of swarming the ball carrier. There is nothing more demoralizing for an offense than having a defense that is absolutely smothering.
There are 5 reasons why you need levels to your defense. Having three distinct levels of defense will allow your players to pursuit to the ball carrier, it will help defend against passing plays, and it will allow you to utilize the different physical skill sets of your players.
The Middle Linebacker Twist Blitz out of the 3-4 Defense is a great blitz against spread offenses. This blitz is great because it completely takes away one side of the field (blitz side).
The Fire Man Blitz out of the 3-4 Defense is a great blitz that will generate pressure on the QB. This Blitz is most effective when ran from the wide side of the field (especially against mobile QBs).
The fire zone blitz out of the 3-4 defense is an excellent blitz. This blitz is strong against the run and it also very strong against the pass.
The laser blitz with cover 3 out of the 3-4 defense is an excellent way to attack the edge of the offense. This blitz is very easy to install and works very well against spread offenses.