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  1. Strategies for Defending the Spread Offense with the 3-3 JOHN RICE DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR CANYON SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL MORENO VALLEY, CA (951) 537-9902 Zacoach102@aol.com Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  2. Strategies • “Maximum” Zone Coverage • Rush 3, drop 8 (2 deep or 3deep) • Rush 4, drop 7 (2 deep or 3 deep w/Tag) • Pressure • Man Pressure 4, 5, 6, or 7 man • 1 Bracket with pressure • Fire Zones rush 5 and drop 6 • Zone Blitzes (linemen dropping for blitzing LBs) • Combination Coverage with Pressure Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  3. Common Spread Philosophy  Spread field through Formation and motion  Open up running lanes  Create personnel mismatches  “Take What you Give us philosophy  Run the ball vs. appropriate numbers in the box (audible to 5 in the box)  Pass the ball vs. appropriate numbers in the box (audible to 6 or 7 in the box)  Throw vs. Uncovered receivers  Create the big play vs. the blitz  Use of compressed formations to create confusion or gain an advantage in numbers Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  4. Strategies for Defending the Spread how to take away certain strategies: •  Take away bubble screen by alignment (draw on board) •  Take away funnel screen by sticking like glue to #1 •  Outflank compressed formations •  Play zone or match up zone vs. compressed formations •  Playing bunches or stacks • o Jamming first man off the line in a zone • o Triangle concept man on LOS, bracket other two Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  5. Strategies for Defending the Spread  Analyze and understand protection scheme of your opponent:Have a pressure packaged based on their protection weaknesses (stunts, bluffs, overloads, personnel mismatches)  Anticipate the offensive coordinator’s adjustments to your strategy and have at least one countermove for each strategy he employs. two Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  6. Strategies for Defending the Spread • Take away an opponents best receiver by alignment, coverage, or both. Jam on line with safety help to test him. Align deep if he’s a deep threat. Bracket him if you can afford it.  Know the offensive coordinator’s philosophy and take advantage of it  Take away what they do best. Make them beat you with someone or something other than their best play. Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  7. Strategies for Defending the Spread • Be prepared for the no huddle  Practice preparation • i. Use two huddles/units in pass skeleton back to back to back w/#1 QB to keep continuity • ii. Increase pace of drills and increase conditioning  Game preparation-getting the call on the field • i. Hand Signal call to entire defense (everyone must know signals) • ii. Signal to one defender, he relays the call to defense • iii .Use wristbands and coded calls Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  8. Strategies for Defending the Spread Have multiple adjustments for motion/formation checks  Teaching progression early in spring/summer  Jam receivers at different levels to disrupt timing  In man • i. On line • ii. Catch and trail  In zone • i. On the line in 2 jam or 3 jam • ii. At 3 or 5 yards Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  9. Strategies for Defending the Spread  Disrupt the rhythm of the offense-force post-snap reads. Disguise coverage (show examples)  Huddle call  “bluff” (make sure they are not the same)  “universal”  wait on OC  Mix up your looks. Blend pressure and coverage. Utilize straight man, combination (man zone), zone blitzes, and fire zones. (Show game ready sheet) Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  10. Strategies for Defending the Spread Offense  Play fastest players on defense • If the team you are playing uses personnel packages to gain advantages, use the same 11 players without substituting  Stop the running game first with the least amount of defenders in the box as possible. If you can stop the run with 5 you have an advantage  Force the offense to be one-dimensional by doing one of the following:  Take away the pass. If you can consistently rush 3 and drop 8 defenders into pass coverage you are at an advantage  Take away the run by loading the line of scrimmage with eight or nine defenders Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  11. Formulating a strategy: • Take away what they do best; make them beat you with something else • Have multiple adjustments to formations if needed • Have formations & coverage checks to prevent the offense from gaining an advantage • Be prepared for no huddle • Be prepared for personnel groupings • Know their pass protection and how to attack it • Have a strategy to defend bunches and stacks Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  12. Vs. Doubles Corner Spur Free Safety Lion Mike Ram Bandit Corner Alignment vs. Doubles Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  13. “Pull” ALIGNMENT VS. TRIPS Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  14. “Stack” ALIGNMENT VS. (TE) TRIPS Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  15. Corner 5 under 3 Deep Zone Bandit Ram Free Safety Mike Lion Spur Corner Cover 3 Drops Cover 3 Drops Spur and Bandit buzz to the flats NOW, playing stop, hitch, & the out cut by #1, and the arrow and bubble by #2. Lion & Ram (as soon as they make a pass read) must get to the hashes to play vertical routes by #2s. Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  16. Corner Vs. Doubles Spur Free Safety Lion Mike Ram Bandit Corner Cover 3 “Jam” Pass Drops Spur and Bandit jam & reroute #2s, then buzz the flat. On other than a vertical release By #2, they take their normal drops to the top of the number once they make their pass read Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  17. Ram Mike Lion Cover 3 Drops Cover 2 Drops Corner 5 under 2 Deep Zone W/hi hole player Bandit Free Safety Spur Corner Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  18. Strategies for covering empty (or trips) with 33 defense • Play straight cover 2; run with #3 verts • Play soft cover 2 to two receiver side; Quarters to trips side • Play the corner man to man on #1 to the trips side, and soft 2 everywhere else • Play 2 Deep zone, run with inside vertical routes • 3-2 w/man free • 3-1 with 2 safety look Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  19. 2 Deep Zone VS. TRIPS Coaching Point in a 2 deep zone: Run with the #3’ vertical route Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  20. Strategy vs. Trips Formations: Quarters to trips side; Soft 2 to single side Quarters to trips side Soft Cover 2 Soft 2 to single cut side E N E S C C L M R F B Deep 1/4 Deep 1/4 Deep 1/2 Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  21. Strategy vs. Trips Formations: Man #1 Trips side; Soft 2 everywhere else Soft Cover 2 Corner man #1 E N E S C C L M R F B Deep 1/4 Deep 1/2 Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  22. Strategy vs. Empty Formations: M R Quarters to trips side; Soft 2 to single side Quarters to trips side Soft Cover 2 Soft 2 to single cut side E N E S C C L F B Deep 1/4 Deep 1/4 Deep 1/2 Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  23. Strategy vs. Empty Formations: M R Man #1 Trips side; Soft 2 everywhere else Soft Cover 2 Corner man #1 E N E S C C L F B Deep 1/4 Deep 1/2 Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  24. Strategies for covering empty w/33 • Play soft cover 2 to two receiver side; Quarters to trips side • Play the corner man to man on #1 to the trips side, and soft 2 everywhere else • Play 2 Deep zone, run with inside vertical routes • 3-2 w/man free • 3-1 with 2 safety look Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  25. Pressure • Man Pressure • 5 man • 6 man • 7 man Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  26. Principles for Applying Pressure • Disguise your intentions if at all possible • Use more than one disguise per blitz • Know the protection scheme you are attacking • Know the opponent’s hot reads and sight adjustments (may be able to force a certain throw favorable to you) • Ensure your defense is gap sound • Assign proper run force • In man schemes, every potential receiver is accounted for • Don’t allow offense to create a mismatch • Create mismatches that favor the defense-attack weakness Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  27. Principles for Maximizing Effectiveness of Pressure Scheme • Pressure Calls MUST be scripted. • Blitz Period /7 on 7/Team • Practice the four looks (show, half, time, depth) • Show unusual formations/motion • Force checks to prevent unfavorable situations • Emphasize blitzing defenders redirect to the ball if play is a run Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  28. Zone Pressure • Can you force an audible by showing pressure pre-snap and drop a defender into a passing lane? Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  29. Dime 4 “Idaho” C F C $ E N E S B L M 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4 Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  30. Dime 4 “Oregon” C F C $ E N E S B L M 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4 Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  31. 5 Man Pressure • From Base Front (6) • Ox, Tiger, Smoke, Torch, Red, Crazy • Fire Zones (9) • Thunder, Hurrican, Lamb, Rambo, Rex, Lex, Laser, Male, Mare • From Dime Front (6) • Crossfire, Mable (switch), Spice, Sugar, Axe Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  32. 5 man pressure-from base • “Coverage-Blitz” • Examples: • “3 Ox Show” (cover 3 with Mike & Ram going) • “3 Tiger Half” (cover 3 Mike and Ram going) • “0 Sting Time” (cover 0 with Spur and Bandit going) • “0 Smoke Show” (cover 0, line slanting weak, Spur, Ram going outside End) Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  33. 3 OX Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  34. 3 Tiger Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  35. 0 Smoke Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  36. 0 Torch Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  37. 3 Jacks Red Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  38. “Crazy” Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  39. 5 man pressure from Dime: • Crossfire • Mable (Switch) • Spice • Sugar • Axe Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  40. Dime 1Free Rules: E N E B S $ M R C C F Hole Deep Middle Dime ($) in for Lion; will align according to blitz called. Man up with #3 in empty We are playing man coverage with Spur and Bandit on #2’s (over vs. trips) We will always send at least 1 linebacker; the other will be a hole defender. If we send both inside backers, Dime will be hole defender unless covering #3 in empty. Free Safety is playing deep middle. We can also use him to bracket a receiver & play 0. Hole defender will abandon responsibility if R releases. In that case, man up on R. Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  41. Dime Crossfire Cover 1Free E N E S B $ M R C C Hole F Deep Middle Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  42. Dime “Mable” Cover 1 Free E N E B S C M R C $ Hole F Deep Middle Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  43. Dime “ Mable Switch” Cover 1 Free E N E B C M R S C $ Hole F Deep Middle Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  44. Dime “Spice” Cover 1 Free E N E $ B C M R C S Hole F Deep Middle Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  45. Dime “Sugar” Cover 1 Free E N E B $ C M R C S Hole F Deep Middle Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  46. Dime Axe Cover 1Free To field E N E B $ M R C S C Hole F Deep Middle Nose slants to field (blitz) Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  47. 2 Shell Pressure Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  48. Dime Double Plug Robber Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  49. Dime Tornado Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com

  50. Dime Field Slam Coach John Rice zacoach102@aol.com