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January 29, 2010

Time Related Defenses

The 4-minute, 2-minute, and Prevent DefensesEvery football defense is constantly affected by time-affiliated elements. The way in which these time-sensitive situations are planned and executed will often produce the victory or defeat.Allow us to show...


January 29, 2010

Football: Talladega High School’s ‘Magnum’ defense

Talladega High School's "Magnum" defensive package presents a 4-3 look (DIAGRAM 1) with variations consisting of one front, two coverages and six blitzes. DIAGRAM 1 DIAGRAM 2 shows how simple it is to derive one of its most popula...


January 29, 2010

Football: Stack 3-3 zone blitzes

The Stack 3-3 Zone Blitzes in Effect To combat the rising tide of spread offenses, many colleges and high schools are adopting the 3-3-5 or 3-5-3 defense. The 3-3’s flexibility and adaptability can help pressure the passers and c...


January 29, 2010

Stack 3-3 Five-Man Zone Blitzes

This article is an addendum to the article "Stack 3-3 Zone Blitzes" published here in August 2006.That article detailed four-man rush schemes with a four-under three-deep configuration.This article explores the anatomy of a rush five-drop six concept...


January 29, 2010

Smoke The Defense

It’s third and long, an obvious pass situation for your team. Or it’s first and 10 for your pass-oriented team. Your opponent is coming with a heavy rush, including blitzes and stunts, to pressure the quarterback. There are more rushers t...


January 29, 2010

Rescuing The Defensive Back

4 tips & 6 drills for better secondary playRecent styles of offenses have forced defensive schemes to change. New defenses, like the 3-3-5, 3-5-3 or modified 40 fronts have emerged in response to the shift in today’s offensive philosophy to...


January 29, 2010

Quarterbacking: “The Ritual”

The Quarterbacking “Ritual” can easily become a 20-30 minute practice routine, as well as being reduced/condensed to a pre-game routine.This is something we work on at every practice. As the season goes on, I reduce the repetitions and sp...


January 29, 2010

Football: Punt returns by the ‘100s’

One of our major convictions as a football team is that our punt-block team can make a difference. We call that team the "100s." It applies pressure on every snap with a 10-man front, but we do not try to block every punt. We just want the threat to ...


January 29, 2010

Ascending Rocky Top: Lane Kiffin talks Tennessee football

The first-year Tennessee coach has taken the SEC by storm — before coaching a single game The No. 1 recruit in the nation has signed. The 2009 recruiting class is ranked No. 10 in the country according to Rivals.com. The coaching staff is regarded...


January 29, 2010

Football: Principles, progressions of the linebacker position

We teach our linebackers how to play our style of football with a progression that we use at practice, spring drills and early-preseason practice. Stance [caption id="attachment_24713" align="alignright" width="250"] Photo: Mike Morbeck[/caption] ...