Does anyone have any resources on the Wide 9 defense? I've been looking at ways to implement it for a HS defense. Essentially, I'd run it as more of a 3-4 type of defense, with the weak side end being a 2pt stance/spill player... I was going to use the base of a 4-3 Over defense and just play around with frontages, but with the recent trend of the wide 9, I figured I'd take a look at any materials that could maybe help me design the defense a bit differently.
Sure. The Wide 9 is the base defense the Philadelphia Eagles run (and the Detroit Lions and the Titans before under Schwartz).
It's more of a frontage than it is an entire defense.
Basically it off sets their Open End (weak side) in a 9 technique. Essentially, the way I'd run it would be to make it look like a 3-4 defense. The Wide 9 end in the Philly D is a three or four point stance spill player.
The way I intend to set up the D, I would put them in a 2 and give them the same responsibilities, with the addition of zone blitzes. Thus making that player more of a hybrid linebacker/defensive end..
The under tackle and nose tackle can play traditional 1 or 3 techs. I know some 9's that I've seen have the 3 tech to the weak side and the 1 to the strong, and some run it the more traditional way, with the 1 tech on the weak side.
I know one thing that the Eagles have done is put in two wide 9's and two 3 techs on passing downs. It opens up the field for run, but if you have good linebackers who make solid reads, I think those running lanes, especially on a third and long, will get clogged. It also forces one on ones in pass pro and makes the guards kick out. Especially if you mug the center with the MIKE.
I was just looking for more background on this style of defense. There isn't a whole lot on the internet about it, and I haven't seen many books about the "Wide 9"
Post by swilliams1959 on Feb 11, 2012 10:23:07 GMT
Not sure this will help, but we are a 4-4 defense and we play our DE's in 5's ,7's, head up & stunt, but also use calls Jet (Wide 9), Jet Box (Wide 9-Set on Screens-Blitz both ILB's) and Jet Blood (Align Wide 9 and stunt back inside). This combination of DE techs has been good for us.