hello all, im a youth coach for 13 and 14 year olds, im wondering if someone can give me the right way to teach my kids contain in a 4-3 or 5-2 set. we used to just have our DE go hard upfield and play sqeeze contain , but id like to switch to a 'spill' type defense where our DEs play C gap, and our contain would be by cbs, lbs and safeties. I know the principal is to not let the RBs turn their shoulders upfield and use the sideline as a defender but im not sure of the progression as far as what player has what responsibility first. at the youth level teams try to get outside so much that it is my main priority on D. any help would be appreciated, thanks.
thanks coach, im looking to use the DE as a C gap player, and use the OLb, and Cb as my contain players. When I was in HS, we ran a 4-3 this way, spilling the RB outside and then stringing him to the sideline w/o letting him turn his shoulders upfield. the problem is I dont remember what the rules and responsiblities for each player were. (long time ago, lol). I know the corner , safety, and Lb all had a certain responsibility as far as contain went.
At your level, have you looked into any 46-type defenses? From what you are saying on your 43, it sounds like you were using some of the Bear principles. It also simplifies things and allows you to 1-gap everyone. Just a thought.
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Post by Coach Campbell on Oct 17, 2011 8:19:00 GMT
Indeed the bear is a pressure defense and allows for each gap across the defensive front to be covered with a down defender or standup Backer. Doug Plank #46 Chicago Bears in which this defense was named after is a good man.
I feel that a 4-4 is a great defense for youth football because of the ability to have your outside linebackers easily play contain. in a 4-3 or 5-2 the safeties are generally going to be the easiest ones to have play contain.
FIVE TECHNIQUE: ALIGN WITH INSIDE SHOE TO CROTCH OF OT (SPLIT END SIDE PLAY "WIDE 5" — 2 FEET OUTS. OT — ATTACK HIP OF OT ON SNAP). NOTE: IF CONFRONTED WITH A TE — PLAY EXACTLY AS 3 TECHNIQUE ABOVE FROM A "NORMAL 5" ). C GAP RESPONSIBILITY! A. Vs. TURNOUT BLOCK OF OT: - Attack hip of OT maintaining proper leverage. Keep outside leg and arm free. Bend to near back. Maintain outside leverage and bend to football. B. OT BLOCKS DOWN INSIDE: Point toe to OT, locating near back, (if near back goes away, locate ANY OL coming inside out). Bend inside and treat kickout by near back and OL the same. Take out his inside shoulder with your outside shoulder. Come underneath kickout. Other possibilities when OT blocks inside = option, or play away. C. OT PULLS INSIDE: Stay in OT's hip pocket and run to football.
SEVEN TECHNIQUE: ALIGN WITH OUTSIDE SHOE TO CROTCH OF TE. (TAKE A SHORT STEP WITH OUTSIDE FOOT READING TE — STAB WITH HANDS AND EXPLODE OUT OF HIPS). C GAP RESPONSIBILITY! A. Vs. DOWN BLOCK OF TE: Squeeze TE over to D gap. Stay square and keep inside arm free. Control C gap and locate ball. B. Vs. TURNOUT BLOCK OF OT: TE blocks out - dip inside shoulder and attack hip of OT. maintaining proper leverage. Keep outside leg and arm free. Bend to near back. Maintain outside leverage and bend to football. C. Vs. TRAP (OR KICKOUT — BY ANY INSIDE BLOCKER): TE blocks out and OT blocks inside — point toe to OT, locating near back (if near back goes away, locate ANY OL coming inside out). Bend inside and treat kickout by near back and OL the same. Take out his inside shoulder with your outside shoulder. Come underneath kickout.