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  • How to Defend

  • derick.viarrial

    September 25, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Coach – I’ve ran into a problem with a team playing a rather unconventional Offense. First – we play a 4-2-5 – I call my Safeties Rovers as they move up and act as run support or drop into coverage depending on what we see each week scout wise. Nickel plays over the top vs. pass using middle of the field principles or shifts up as our 3rd LB which puts us into a 4-3. Mike is really big and probably our best player. Nice thing here is he can put his hand in the dirt and be very effective there as well. So, by moving the nickel up to LB and Mike to Nose I can easily shift into a 5-2 look. Front wise I call our two inside guys D-Tackles – they usually are in a weak 1 strong 3 tech. And finally if I run into two backs who have success on us I move my weak dend to a 3 tech and use a weak 3, strong 1 and strong 5. I usually use a rover or Will to help with contain on weak side. My strong side Dend plays outside shoulder of TE. We’ve been very successful with this system. However I ran into a double tight Offense who literally stacks two backs B and C gaps strong side and another back in C gap weak side (QB is in Gun) see attached. I had good success at Nose driving the center back, but I couldn’t stop the overload run in C gap. I almost felt like I should switch to a Goal Line D or something similar to stop it. Can you help with how I should align to this offense? How would you align here?

  • Patrick Fox

    September 26, 2020 at 5:09 am

    I would start with an XTRA tackle and attack with blitz on early downs

    • derick.viarrial

      September 27, 2020 at 10:34 am

      Coach – Can’t thank you enough! I face them again in a couple weeks. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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