Aggressive 4-3 Defense: Setting Up the System

  • Give your defense an attitude of being ready to play anywhere, anytime
  • Learn alignments, gap responsibilities, run fits, and man and zone coverages for this relentless defense
  • See drills that emphasize critical concepts and techniques used in the 4-3
  • Bonus PDF includes sample call sheet and detailed terminology and descriptions
with Chris Ash,
University of Wisconsin Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach;
2010 Big Ten Co-championsChris Ash’s philosophy behind the 4-3 Defense can be summed up in one word–Aggressive. In this overview of the 4-3, you get the basic formations, alignments and coverages of the defense that helped lead Wisconsin to the Rose Bowl and a share of the 2010 Big Ten Championship.Ash describes the importance of being aggressive and hustling on every single play with a simple phrase–“Put the Ball Down.” It is an attitude and mindset that dictates a readiness to play against anyone, anywhere at any time, no matter what the game situation.This 4-3 Defense is zeroes in on five objectives:

  • Keep the opponent off the scoreboard.
  • We will stop the run. Make the offense one dimensional.
  • Must minimize big plays.
  • Must be great tacklers.
  • Create takeaways and score. It’s all about the ball.

Using an in-depth power point presentation, Ash details every position in the defense. He explains simple terminology for alignments and gap responsibilities of the linemen, run fit concepts for linebackers (Stack, Bow, Boss and 4-Way) and man and zone coverages for the secondary.Ash uses practice footage to show several drills that are run every day at the beginning of practice. These “defensive openers” emphasize techniques of pursuit, tackling, interception returns, stripping the ball and recovering fumbles.

To complete the package, this DVD includes a bonus PDF that can be accessed on your computer and printed for your personal use. The PDF includes:

  • Descriptions for different kinds of man and zone coverages
  • Terminology for offensive personnel groups
  • A sample defensive play call sheet
  • Player communication responsibilities in the huddle
  • Detailed outlines of everything covered in the video

Order now and lay the foundation for installing this hard hitting, relentless defense into your program.