Contents
Contents
Contents.........................................................................................................................  3
Figures............................................................................................................................  7
1 Overview................................................................................... 11
The 4-4 Defense...........................................................................................................  11
Where To From There?...............................................................................................  11
Why Did I Write This?................................................................................................  11
The “Buddy System”..................................................................................................  12
Summary........................................................................................................................  12
2 Read 4-4 DEFENSE...................................................................13
Philosophy...................................................................................................................  13
Summary.......................................................................................................................  13
Experience.....................................................................................................................  14
Conservative................................................................................................................  14
3 DEFENSIVE TACKLES...............................................................15
Overview.......................................................................................................................  15
Keys to Defensive Tackle..........................................................................................  15
“3 Technique”..............................................................................................................  15
“2i Technique”.............................................................................................................  18
4 DEFENSIVE ENDS.....................................................................19
Overview.......................................................................................................................  19
Keys to Defensive End...............................................................................................  19
“7 Technique”..............................................................................................................  20
“5 Technique”..............................................................................................................  21
5 INSIDE LINEBACKERS.............................................................23
Overview.......................................................................................................................  23
M/W Outside Reads...................................................................................................  23
M/W Inside Reads......................................................................................................  24
ALL Linebacker Pass Drop Zones............................................................................  24
Graphics........................................................................................................................  24
6 OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS..........................................................27
Overview.......................................................................................................................  27
TE-Side Outside Linebacker.......................................................................................  27
Open-Side Outside Linebacker..................................................................................  28
7 ALIGNMENT...............................................................................30
Secondary & Strength................................................................................................  30
My Rationale................................................................................................................  30
8 ADJUSTMENTS.......................................................................37
Overview....................................................................................................................  37
Strength Calls
...........................................................................................................  37
Pass-Oriented Adjustment Calls
.............................................................................  37
Defense Base-Changing Calls
.................................................................................  38
Prevent Deep Coverage Calls
..................................................................................  39
Last Adjustment Notes
...............................................................................................39
9 FRONT 8...................................................................................47
Overview.....................................................................................................................  47
Option Plays
...............................................................................................................  47
Trap & Influence Trap
...............................................................................................  48
Power & Sweep
..........................................................................................................  49
Counter & Weak Iso
..................................................................................................  50
Reactions
....................................................................................................................  50
Option Strong
.............................................................................................................  51
Option Weak
...............................................................................................................  52
Option Wk Out Block
................................................................................................  53
Midline Option
...........................................................................................................  54
Load Speed Option
....................................................................................................  55
Short Trap
...................................................................................................................  56
Influence Trap
............................................................................................................  57
Power
...........................................................................................................................  58
Load Power
.................................................................................................................  59
Sweep
...........................................................................................................................  60
Counter
........................................................................................................................  61
Weak Iso
.....................................................................................................................  62
10 THE SECONDARY...................................................................63
Safeties........................................................................................................................  63
Cornerbacks
................................................................................................................  63
Outside Linebackers
..................................................................................................  63
11 BASE COVERAGE...................................................................64
Cover 3.........................................................................................................................  64
Man.
..............................................................................................................................  64
Roll Cover 3
.................................................................................................................  65
12 EVEN COVERAGES.................................................................68
Even Alignment............................................................................................................  68
Cover 4...........................................................................................................................  68
Combo ...........................................................................................................................  68
Cover 2 ..........................................................................................................................  68
Cloud & Sky Reads/Calls ........................................................................................  69
Man Cover 2 ..............................................................................................................  69
Prevent.........................................................................................................................  69
Coverage Conclusion................................................................................................  75
13 THE STUNT GAME..................................................................75
Overview.....................................................................................................................  75
Linebacker Stunts......................................................................................................  75
Gap Control With Stunting Linebackers................................................................  76
Inside LB Stunts........................................................................................................  76
Outside Stunts............................................................................................................  77
Combination Stunts...................................................................................................  78
Line Stunts..................................................................................................................  79
Conclusion..................................................................................................................  80
14 PLAY CALL CODE REVIEW...................................................81
Overview......................................................................................................................  81
Adjustment Formation...............................................................................................  81
Coverage......................................................................................................................  81
Stunt Players...............................................................................................................  81
Gaps..............................................................................................................................  81
LB Stunts.....................................................................................................................  81
Line Stunts...................................................................................................................  81
Line Calls......................................................................................................................  81
15 STUNT ADJUSTMENTS FOR 1-BACK....................................82
Overview......................................................................................................................  82
Inside Linebacker / Free Safety Stunt Adjustments.............................................  82
Outside Linebacker Stunt Adjustments.................................................................  83
LB Combination Stunt Adjustments.......................................................................  83
16 DEFENDING THE WING T......................................................85
Overview.....................................................................................................................  85
Base Series..................................................................................................................  85
Power Series................................................................................................................  86
Belly/Down Series......................................................................................................  86
Jet/Rocket Series........................................................................................................  88
17 DEFENDING THE OPTION......................................................89
Review 1TE Split Back Option..................................................................................  89
Dbl TE Wishbone Option.........................................................................................   50
Adjustment..................................................................................................................  90
Spread Adjustments...................................................................................................  91

              
18 PRACTICE ORGANIZATION..................................................94
Overview.....................................................................................................................  94
Pre-Practice (15)..........................................................................................................  94
Period I (30).................................................................................................................  94
Defensive Tackles & Inside Linebackers: Period I...............................................  94
Defensive Ends & Outside Linebackers:  Period I................................................  94
Secondary: Period I....................................................................................................  95
Inside Drill/Man: Period II (30)..................................................................................  95
Outside Drill/Rush: Period III (20)............................................................................  95
Team: Period IV (40)...................................................................................................  95
Specialty (15)...............................................................................................................  96
19 WEEKLY PRACTICE ORGANIZATION...................................96
Overview......................................................................................................................  96
Saturday.......................................................................................................................  97
Monday........................................................................................................................  97
Tuesday........................................................................................................................  97
Wednesday..................................................................................................................  98
Thursday......................................................................................................................  98
20 COMBINING THE 20 & GMP.................................................98
Overview......................................................................................................................  98
20 Gap to GMP Position Transitions.......................................99
Practice........................................................................................................................  100
21 CONCLUSION........................................................................100
Repeating Myself......................................................................................................  100
My Other Books........................................................................................................  101
Stay In Touch.............................................................................................................  101
22 BIBLIOGRAPHY.....................................................................102
23 INDEX.....................................................................................103
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