Post by Coach Campbell on Oct 6, 2017 16:26:09 GMT
In today’s game where teams run multiple formations and schemes, I believe it is important to have a base defense that can adapt on the fly. I believe the 3-4 defense sets up well against spread teams and power run teams if you adjust the front and assignments accordingly. Cover 2 and 3 are the preferred coverages, because cover 3 allows us to add an eighth man in the box To support the run. I’m a fan of an aggressive defense where the line is always moving and backers are coming, the thought is offenses should be able to handle base defense but once the box starts changing it up, the offense misses assignments. We start practice with a daily pursuit drill, where the coaches go to open spots on the defense and another coach is simulating a QB throwing the ball around. Once the ball is thrown everyone pursues the football for a strip and return. The coaches continue to move around the defense trying to catch and run. The second variation is we set up three cones. The first cone is 5 yards above the LOS and is the DL pursuit landmark. The second cone is 10 yards above the LOS and is the LB pursuit landmark. The third cone is 15 yards above the LOS and is the DB pursuit landmark. There is a WR out at the numbers and the Coach throws a ball to either one and he runs up the sideline. Each defensive player must either tag the ball carrier or run through their landmark.
My defensive philosophy is focused on swarming to the ball. I like to tell my players, "If they don't score, they can't win." I'm big on running a 3-4 or 50 front defense. I believe defenses who can stop the run have a greater chance to win football games and it creates a sense of toughness.
With my 3-4 defensive attack, I stress the importance of my players being gap sound and reading their keys. My defensive lineman and inside backers have to be very physical up front and willing to be spill players making the ball bounce to the outside to my Bandit and Sam who are my outside backers. Our defensive line play with stance is low gap hand down and we will zero step avoiding getting up field but more focused with getting in our gap controlling the gap so our inside backers can have clean reads and pursuit to the ball. We play a lot of teams that run the ball with a sniffer in the box so from a scheming stand point I like to have an extra body in the box to match the bodies of the offense. This extra body is our Rover or Strong Safety. I will also plus one of my safeties over in trips usually kicking the front away depending on where the running back is. I rarely blitz and if I do it's usually on passing downs.
We start our defensive practice off with our pursuit drill to get our juices flowing. When it comes to pursuit drills I'm big on having a rabbit, we have guys that love to try and outrun our defense so it makes it fun and competitive. We will have 2 rabbits in the backfield with our coach pointing in the direction he wants the rabbit to run being unknown to the defense. Our inside backers will give a strength call and once the ball is snapped our front three will hit their chest, get up and pursue the ball. Our play side outside backer will force the ball to turn up field and here comes the pursuit. We work on the attack from the front side angle and backside pursuit angle making sure we touch off on the rabbit before jogging back to the coach who is on the sideline for breakdown. The backside or cut off DB is responsible for catching a pass from the coach simulating him getting an interception to end the drill. We really focus on taking great angles and sprinting to the ball carrier as if their life depended on it. These are just a few things that we do that I think add consistency with our players along with our scheme.