AS ALWAYS-READ THROUGH THE GUARDS TO NEAR BACK TO LOCATE BALL AND DETERMINE FLOW. THE MAIN THING I ALWAYS EMPHASIZE IS TO NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF THE BALL, DO NOT GET SUCKED IN BY FALSE KEYS OR GOOD BALL HANDLING BY THE QB. READ, THEN REACT AND NOT THE EXACT OPPOSITE.
Coach Easton-TIGER ONE
J.C. EASTON<BR>HEAD COACH<BR>GA TIGERS FOOTBALL<BR>PROFESSIONAL MINOR LEAGUE
Glaze: Remember this - LBer keys do NOT change merely because a QB may be in the Gun on one down, under Center on another.
Keys DEPEND on what your BASE defense is; pass coverage being played (for example: in MAN you may read the back you are covering & under-key an O-Lineman; in ZONE you may read an O-Lineman & under-key a particular back); opponent's TENDENCIES; ETC.
Coach, I'm interested to hear your point of view on cross-reading gun option teams. I know many coaches that have their LB's read guard through to opposite back since that read option is such a staple of the spread game. I've been in programs that have done it both ways and have been beaten and won both ways. Any thoughts?
Austin High School
There is nothing that will show a man's true character like the 2 yard line.