Whitehall Football Installing the Defensive Package: Front 7 Defensive Foundation • Alignment • Assignment • Swarm to the football Defensive Characteristics Necessary • Attitude • Concentration • Effort Defensive Line Techniques and Teaching Progressions • Alignment • Assignment • Stance • Get-off • Block Reaction Alignment and Assignment • Defensive Ends – 9 technique is responsible for strong D-gap – 5 technique is responsible for weak C-gap • Defensive Tackles – 3 technique is responsible for strong B-gap – 1 technique is responsible for weak A-gap Stance • Inside hand down, inside foot back with toe-to-heel stagger. (DE’s can be staggered slightly more) Get-off E T T E Block Reaction: Defeating and Shedding Base Block • Blocker fires ahead, trying to drive you off ball • Explode hands through breastplate on 2nd step • “Squeeze”, or leverage him back, keeping your gap • Lock out, find ball, and shed DT DT will drop right shoulder, and rip through with right arm to shed---then make tackle DT DT will drop left shoulder, and rip through with left arm to shed---then make tackle Reach Block • Blocker steps outside to reach • Re-direct on 2nd step as you explode hands • Press the outside pec of blocker and pull inside pec • Find ball, shed, and make tackle • If DL can’t make play, he should at least make ball bubble deeper DE DE DT Down Block • Blocker steps inside, not attempting to block you • Re-direct hard inside on 2nd step • Look for trap or kick-out block • Wrong-arm trap or kick-out block • Force ball to spill outside and run it down if cutback DE DT DE wrong-shouldering a long trap DE DT DT wrong-shouldering a quick trap Pull Block • Blocker turns his shoulders to pull inside or outside • Re-direct hard on 2nd step, expecting Down block • Compress down block, squeeze, keep gap leverage • Steer down blocker’s far shoulder back towards LOS • Shed block and make tackle DE DT DE DT Double Team Block • Blocker comes forward to Base block • Defender feels second blocker coming down on him • Re-direct feet, hips, butt towards Down blocker while staying engaged on Base blocker • Down blocker shoulders toward you, it’s Double team – Corkscrew • Down blocker shoulders upfield, it is a “chip” block – When “chip” block leaves, play as a Base block DE DT DT will "corkscrew" the double teamblock DE DT DT will leverage to his outside, and make a playafter the "chip" leaves Defensive Line Stunts E T T E "Zip": good vs. double teams on 3-technique E T T E E T T T E E T T T T E "Twist" E T "Strong" E E "Knife": linemen will fire-out low at knees of blockers, taking them out of play "Tex": good vs. double team on 1-technique E T T E "Weak" E "Slant": good vs. TE tendency E T T E "Jet": good pass rush stunt; slightly wider alignements Linebacker Techniques and Teaching Progressions • Alignment • Assignment • Stance • Flow Keys • Block Protection Alignment and Assignment • Sam – 50 technique, responsible for strong C-gap • Mike – 10 technique, responsible for strong A-gap • Will – 50 technique, responsible for weak B-gap Stance • Feet under armpits, flat back, arms loose • Weight on balls of feet--key backs Linebackers: Alignment E T S T M E W Backfield Keys • Key near back • In “I” formation, Sam and Will key TB E T S T M E W E T S T M E W Full Flow Strong Full Flow to A-gap E T S T M E W When Mike sees both backs coming to A-gap, he is shot out of a cannon, and blows up the FB on inside half. Samwill attack downhill, then squeeze to the inside. Will attacks downhill, then "overlaps", going over when Mike goes under. Full Flow to C-gap E T S T M E W Samsees both backs coming to C-gap, and blows up FB on inside half. Mike attacks downhill, and goes "over" when Samis "under". Will secures his gap, and flows inside-out. Full Flow Outside T E S T E M W Samflows downhill, then goes over or shoots open window, depending on TE's block. Mike secures his gap, and is running inside-out. Will is running right away. Full Flow Weak Full Flow to B-gap E T S T M E W When Will sees both backs coming to B-gap, he is shot out of a cannon, and blows up the FB on his inside half. Mike comes downhill, then goes "over" when Will goes "under". Samsecures his gap, then is flowing inside-out. Full Flow Outside E T S T M E W Will attacks downhill, then goes over or attacks open window", depending on T's block. Mike and Samsecure their gaps, and flow inside-out. Split Flow Split Flow Strong E T S T M E W Mike attacks FB dive. Will secures his gap, and flows inside-out. Sam attacks downhill, and goes over or shoots open window, depending on TE's block. He has QB on option. Split Flow Weak E T S T M E W Mike attacks FB dive. Samsecures his gap, and flows inside-out. Will attacks downhill, and goes over or shoots open window, depending on T's block. He has QB on option. Cross Flow Cross Flow E W E T T M S Will has no near back, so keys far back to come across. Sam's key goes away, so he looks for something coming back towards himas he flows. Mike attacks FB as he does in flow to strong A-gap until he's sure FB doesn't have ball.