Just thought I’d share three posts I’ve come across recently that dealt with defensive tactics, strategy and plain old technique that might interest you.
The first is from the excellent Clemson blog, Shakin the Southland, and discusses pass coverage techniques. (A warning to Georgia fans: you may be shocked when you read about covering the flats and crossing routes, as in it’s actually permitted to allow a defense to do that.)
This next post is a couple of years old, but I came across it at a Denver Broncos blog, and it provides a good overview of how the 3-4 is deployed in the NFL. Of particular interest was this section:
OK, the 3-4 systems sound cool. How are they stopped?
There are many traits shared by the systems that make them vulnerable. Of course a coach makes adjustments based on personnel and film, but here are the common, over arching approaches offenses take.
- Two TE sets – the 3-4 killer. Take out the FB and add a second TE. The common outside blitzes by the Phillips and the Lebeau are rendered less effective. This is the most common approach, and great blockers like DEN TE Graham are perfect for this.
- Run the ball, run it up the middle, and run it with power.
- Skip the sceens and use both the FB and HB as pass blockers. Vary the TE frequently between pass blocking and receiving (throw some confusion back at the 3-4). Keep passes up the sideline, where you don’t burn the clock so much, and where the zones are less frequent.
How many of Georgia’s 2010 opponents can deploy personnel and schemes to exploit the 3-4 in those ways? Off the top of my head, South Carolina, Arkansas and Tennessee would fit the bill.
Finally, there’s an overview of the 3-3-5 defense, which RichRod ran at West Virginia and is now implementing at Michigan, which you can read in this MGoBlog post.