Post by Coach Campbell on Apr 8, 2019 14:01:46 GMT
Our defensive philosophy focuses on all 11 hats to the football and causing turnovers. As the saying goes, “offense wins games, defense wins championships”; and it’s hard to win championships without turnovers. Every day we have tackle and turnover (TNT) stations, coaches preach “scoop and score” every time the ball touches the ground or “Ball” and “Ice” calls every time the ball is in the air for interceptions.
As an offensive mind I think it is important to be multiple, but our base will always be a 3-4 defense. The odd front provides more opportunities to pressure, and less lineman usually means more speed which is tough for spread offenses. We also do not have great depth on the defensive line, so it makes sense personnel wise. We can also shift into a 4 or 5 down lineman scheme. Lastly, our base 3-4 defense allows us to disguise & attack offenses in a variety of ways through both zone and man pressures.
After finishing our TNT stations we go straight into pursuit drills. Being great in pursuit drills is a key to running a successful defense, ensuring every player knows his role and his best pursuit angle. If there is one person who doesn’t touch the ball carrier we start over and do it again until all 11 do, just to make sure everyone is accountable. The drill begins with a coach calling out the formation and play, then the defense must all communicants strength and threats. When the ball is snapped the rabbit runs all the way up the sideline with every defender in their pursuit angles. The play-side corner will obviously be the first to come in contact, break down and force him back inside to help buy his brothers some time. Every skill player has to cross face of the rabbit while the D-line has to hit the back hip.
We run our pursuit drills with three different options for the rabbit: First, he will stand 5-10 yards back behind the line of scrimmage, already on the sideline. Speed will vary since we use anyone from scout guys to an offensive starter. Second, the rabbit will line up at RB in the backfield ready for a toss with the direction already determined. After the ball is snapped the whole D-line hits their up-down then proceed to the ball carrier with the corner doing the exact same thing as before. Lastly, is our reaction to the pass. We’ll fake the toss making sure everyone on the field and sideline is yelling “pass” and “ball” calls. Then the whole defense will get into their drop zones and coach will throw it up. When the ball is in the air we preach catch it at the highest point, secure the ball, block the QB and intended WR, and everyone else form a wall to block down the sideline.