The Gap-Man Pressure Football Defense
Contents
Contents
Contents.......................................................................................................................  3
Figures..........................................................................................................................  6
1 OVERVIEW................................................................................8
Summary.......................................................................................................................  8
Why did I write this?..................................................................................................  8
Warning........................................................................................................................  9
Last Notes....................................................................................................................  9
2 BASIS OF DEFENSE................................................................10
Strength on Strength.................................................................................................  10
Ability to Play in Space............................................................................................. 10
Playing the Percentages............................................................................................  11
Youth to Varsity.........................................................................................................  13
A Last Note................................................................................................................  14
3 CONTRARIAN DEFENSE........................................................15
Contrarian Theory....................................................................................................  15
The Advantages.......................................................................................................  15
The Pitfalls.................................................................................................................  16
Why Contrarian Schemes?......................................................................................  16
4 THE 10-1 DEFENSE.................................................................20
Overview...................................................................................................................... 20
Assignment................................................................................................................. 20
Technique.................................................................................................................... 21
5 THE GAP-AIR-MIRROR YOUTH DEFENSE............................21
Overview...................................................................................................................... 21
Alignment.................................................................................................................... 21
Assignment................................................................................................................. 22
Technique.................................................................................................................... 22
6 THE SLANT 60 DEFENSE........................................................23
Overview...................................................................................................................... 23
Alignment & Assignment......................................................................................... 23
General Notes.............................................................................................................. 24
Why Did I Even Include This Defense?................................................................. 24
7 THE 6-5 DEFENSE...................................................................25
Overview...................................................................................................................... 25
Alignment & Assignment........................................................................................  25
Technique..................................................................................................................  26
8 THE 46 GAMBLER DEFENSE................................................27
Overview...................................................................................................................  27
Alignment.................................................................................................................  27
Technique.................................................................................................................  27
9 THE GMP DEFENSIVE ALIGNMENT.....................................28
Terms.........................................................................................................................  28
Base Alignment Rules.............................................................................................  29
Man-On Defenders..................................................................................................  30
Adjustment Defenders............................................................................................  31
10 THE GMP DEFENSIVE ASSIGNMENT................................45
Overview...................................................................................................................  45
Base Gap Assignment.............................................................................................  45
Problem & Solution.................................................................................................  45
General Notes...........................................................................................................  49
11 DRILL ORGANIZATION........................................................50
Grouping Kids..........................................................................................................  50
Get-Off Line Drill INDIVIDUAL I..........................................................................  50
Watch-Out For.........................................................................................................  51
Man Technique Drill INDIVIDUAL I....................................................................  51
Linebacker Read Drill .............................................................................................  52
INDIVIDUAL I (M/W)............................................................................................  52
Contact Line Drills INDIVIDUAL II......................................................................  53
Contact End Drills INDIVIDUAL II.......................................................................  54
Contact LB INDIVIDUAL II...................................................................................  56
Watch-Out For.........................................................................................................  57
Contact 7- Tech/Man INDIVIDUAL II.................................................................  57
Basic Rules For 7-Technique.................................................................................  58
Watch-Out For.........................................................................................................  58
TEAM I.....................................................................................................................  58
TEAM II....................................................................................................................  59
12 PRACTICE ORGANIZATION................................................59
Putting Everything Together..................................................................................  59
Make it Simple...........................................................................................................  60
Defensive Line...........................................................................................................  60
Defensive Ends..........................................................................................................  60
Man-On Defenders...................................................................................................  60
Linebacker..................................................................................................................  60
Practice Schedule.......................................................................................................  61
13 NEEDED ADJUSTMENTS......................................................63
Line Adjustments—Review...................................................................................... 63
End Adjustments—Review...................................................................................... 64
Man-On Adjustments................................................................................................ 66
Mike Adjustments...................................................................................................... 67
Will/Fred & Special Adjustments............................................................................ 67
Deep 3, Deep 4............................................................................................................ 67
14 THE WING-T..........................................................................68
Overview..................................................................................................................... 68
Buck, Power, Down, & Trap..................................................................................... 68
Waggle, Belly, Qk Pitch, & QB Trap....................................................................... 69
Wing-T Option........................................................................................................... 69
Last Notes................................................................................................................... 70
15 THE OPTION..........................................................................79
Overview..................................................................................................................... 79
Triple Option.............................................................................................................. 79
Responsibility............................................................................................................ 80
Other Option Favorite Plays.................................................................................... 81
Last Notes.................................................................................................................. 82
16 SPREAD PASSING GAME...................................................86
Overview..................................................................................................................... 86
Vanilla Passing........................................................................................................... 86
Running Threat.......................................................................................................... 88
Last Notes................................................................................................................... 89
17 UN-BALANCED OFFENSES..................................................95
Adjustment for Unbalanced..................................................................................... 95
Main Threat Offenses............................................................................................... 95
Short Chapter............................................................................................................. 95
18 GAME WEEK PREPARATION.............................................98
Team Scouting........................................................................................................... 98
Keep it Simple............................................................................................................ 98
What They Do WELL............................................................................................... 98
Communication & Confidence................................................................................ 99
Play Call Sheet......................................................................................................... 100
Final Notes............................................................................................................... 100
Conclusion............................................................................................................... 101
19 BIBLIOGRAPHY.................................................................102
20 INDEX.................................................................................103