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signal Caller Calls The Defense - Example:

1. Alignment (ТЕ Other Than 30)

2. Linebacker In Rush (If Other Than 30) 3. Coverage | 4. Line Charge (If Other Than Tough)

Examples:

1. Zone Tough

2. Stub Star

3. Buck Dakota with a "YOU"

4. Mac Banjo with "Lex or Rex"

5. 54 Open Backer Star with a Wing

Everyone must clearly hear defense called - ТЕ someone does not hear defense, he must call "Check" and have Signal Caller repeat it. Before breaking huddle all players must full know defense called.

It is necessary that we get into and out of the huddle as soon as possible in order to enable our entire defensive ` unit to get set at the Line of Scrimmage and to allow the necessary time to make adjustments and/or additional call.

Huddle discipline is necessary and the player in charge must get complete concentration by everyone. The lack of discipline only leads to mental errors and defeat.

On the command "Break" everyone clap hands and assume your defensive alignment. Linebackers call formation name and direction of formation strength. Secondary repeat strength call. If slot make sure it is а Slot Call.

Example:

1. "Red Left" 2. "Ace Slot Right"

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DEFENSIVE TERMINOLOGY

The following terms will be used almost daily in practice. Know what they mean.

BLUE TERRITORY - Offense coming out from goalline to 50 yard line. RED TERRITORY - Offense going from 50 yard line to goalline. TOUGH TERRITORY - Short yardage situations in side red 10 yard 11:.

SITUATION ~ Down & distance - position on the field - time remain. | in game.

NORMAL SITUATION - 1 & 10 2nd down when run-pass ratio is 50% 50% regular personnel are in the game.

NICKEL SITUATION - Long yardage. 3rd or 2nd down with passing personnel in game.

RED 20 SITUATION - Offense used inside red 20 yard line.

2 MINUTE SITUATION - Offense use during last 2 minutes of first half of game to have ball into scoring posit.

SHORT YARDAGE - Offense use on 3 & l or 3 & 2 anywhere out in the field.

GOALLINE - Offense used inside red 5 yard line. When we will be in goalline defense.

STUB - Outside linebacker on the strong side of formation. When Stub is a defensive call - strong backer becomes a pass rus.

BUCK - Outside linebacker on the weak side of formation. When buc: is a defensive call - weak backer becomes a pass rusher.

MAC - Cavity linebacker on the strong side of formation uken mac is a defensive call - strong cavity linebacker becomes а pass rusher.

ROVER - Cavity linebacker on the weak side of formation when rover is a defensive call - weak cavity linebacker becomes а pass rusher.

FORMATION RECOGNITION - Name formation and strength - locate where - wide receivers are located. 4

MOTION - Movement of backs or Т.Е. to strong side of formation.

PEEL - Movement of backs or T.E. to weak side of formation with no change of strength.

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ZOOM -XOM -YOM - Movement of wide receiver or tight end. ( 2-Х-Ү) Cross formation that changes strength.

ZIN - XIN - YIN - Movement of wide receiver, tight end, or back t RIN - FIN - HIN moves them from an outside alignment inside (in.

ZOT--XOT - YOT ~ Movement of wide receiver, tight end, or back th: ROT - РОТ - HOT moves them from an inside alignment outside (out.

PRESS BLOCK - Block of pair or wing down on the stub backer creat. a run lane outside of stub. Sam wants to kick all running plays outside.

SLAM BLOCK - Block of outside receiver, tight end, or back down c: stub creating a press situation - Sam must kick play outside.

CRACK BLOCK - Blocking outside receiver, tight end, or back when he comes from outside and blocks on Sam or any linebacker.

DROP BACK PASS - Action of Quarter Back when he takes ball straic. back.

PLAY PASS - Action of backs that show run but becomes a pass.

DASH - Action of Quarterback that take ball straight back, then rolls out behind the blocking of a back or tight end with guard pulling.

FLEE FLICKER - A Play pass where back will throw the ball back tc quarter back after running a play fake.

TAKE AWAYS - Forced fumbles - interceptionesteal football

BUZZ - Term used for linebacker pass drops and the relationship i deep backs.

COVERAGE TERMS

COVERAGES AND (AUDIBLES) FREE (FRESNO) - JACK FREE (COVER 1) DAKOTA (DALLAS - DENVER) - DOUBLE ZONE (COVER 2)

BRONCO - DAKOTA - DOUBLE ZONE WITH DOUBLE ROTATION TO SLOT - WITH SAFETIES DEEP.

BANJO - SAM AND JACK COMBO ON Y (COVER 3 BANJO)

CHARLIE - SAM AND JACK COMBO ON Y AND 1B (COVER 3 READ)

MOMBO - BANJO WITH STEELER BUZZ (COVER 3 MOMBO)

WACO (WICHITA) - WEAKSIDE ZONE (COVER 4)

ZEBRA - COMBO ON Z WITH CORNER AND JACK (COVER 5)

JACK - COMBO ON Z WITH CORNER AND JACK - CORNER USE ROLLBACK TECHNIQUE ZEB - COMBO ON 2 CORNER - SAM I&O (COVER 5 I&O)

STAR (STORM) - STRONGSIDE ZONE WITH WANDA BUZZ (COVER 6)

SLIDE - STRONGSIDE ZONE WITH STEELER BUZZ (COVER 65)

SKI - SAFETIES KEY - BOTH SAFETIES KEY FB FOR ROTATION (COVER 6 SKI)

ZONE - STRONGSIDE ZONE - ALL BACKERS IN BUZZ PATTERN READ PICK UP (COVER 6 LOAD)

MARK ZONE - STRONGSIDE ZONE - ALL BACKERS IN BUZZ WITH DROPS TO LANDMARKS (PURE ZONE) |

TRICK - COMBO ON X - CORNER ROLL UP - JACK DEEP - (COVER 7)

POW - COMBO ON X - CORNER - USE ROLLBACK - JACK DEEP (COVER 7) WEB - COMBO ON X - CORNER - JACK - I&O ON X (COVER 7) RAM -

5 UNDER MAN COVERAGE WITH 2 DEEP SAFETIES (COVER 8)

RAM I&O - 5 UNDER MAN COVER - WITH SAFETIES 180 WITH CORNERS (COVER 8 I&O, 30 1/3 - 5 UNDER MAN COVERAGE WITH 3 DEEP ZONES

MABEL ~ MAN WITH NO FREE SAFETY (COVER 9)

JILL - JACK FREE WITH 5 MAN RUSH (COVER 11)

REDSKIN - MAN WITH JACK FREE - SAM IN HOLE (COVER 11)

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INTRODUCTION

DISCIPLINE CONSISTENT DESIRE PRIDE ; BEST

AGGRESSIVE EXECUTION: ATTITUDE INTELLIGENCE

The above are a few of the KEY words in describing GREAT Defensive Backs. The following pages in this notebook discuss the terminology, techniques and coverages that we will play this fall.

It is YOUR responsibility to know your coverages and the TEAM concept of our defenses.

Great Defensive Backs come in all sizes. А winning attitude and the desire to be the BEST are the most important ingredients:

l. Know your alignment:

2. Recognize the formation: 3. Key and responsibility: 4. Technique!

5. Situation (Field position, down and distance):

6. Communicate:

7. Punish the Receivers: 8. Use the sideline:

9. Pass, pass:

10. Ball, Ball:

ll. Bingo, Oskie, Fire: 12. Go to the ball:

13. Think INTERCEPTION:

14. Study the QB and Receivers:

SECONDARY TEACHING PROGRESSION

1. Calls and Communication (Strength Coverage and Force)

2. Formation Recognition 3. Alignment

4. Stance

5. Read Step & Backpedal 6. Key 7. Responsibility

8. Adjustments

(Alert for Checks) (Must be Exact)

(Butt down, head up, weight forward, relaxed)

(Footwork) (Primary & Secondary Keys) (Execute)

(Anticipate & execute)

FORCE CALLS

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BACKER FORCE

SAM CLEO BACKER

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Safeties have primary force on perimeter run.

Corners have secondary force on perimeter run.

Corners have primary force on perimeter run.

Safeties have secondary force on perimeter run.

Backer has primary force on perimeter run. я

Safety Force Corner Force Stub or Buck force.

Backer force - in relation to alignment Vs. a tight end or near position.

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PRIDE IN DEFENSE

l. Our first priority is to prevent the score.

2. Every Defensive Back must take pride in his coverage and other defensive skills.

3. А good defense will keep any game respectable. There is always hope for victory when there is CONFIDENCE in the defense, even when the team is behind by a close score.

4. Remember the defense can score FIVE (5) ways, and the offense

only 3 ways.

DEFENSE CAN SCORE: OFFENSE CAN SCORE l. Blocked Punt l. Pass 2. Fumble 2. Run 3. Pass Interception 3. Field Goal 4. Safety | j 5. Punt Return

5. Great pass defenders are a combination of the following:

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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Aggressiveness

Quickness

Alertness

Concentration on Keys

Always hustling when the ball is in the air

Determination to get the football

Pre Snap Reads

A. B. C. D.

1. Huddle call 2. Down - Distance - Time 3. Formation recognition - Proper match ups. A. Split of WR - routes & motion alerts B. Poc of Y C. Backfield set D. Offensive linemen - weight distribution (learn). 4. Force calls - concentrate on defense and responsibility, communicate with teammates verbally & use hand signals. 5. Anticipate motion adjustments. 6. Pre snap look - Disguise - never sacrifice coverage for disguise - coordinate disguise with secondary as a unit. 7. Field and personnel - Know your opponent. Snap Reads 1. Run & Pass Keys A. Pass - pattern read Run - block combinations 2. React to responsibility ‚3. Communicate - pass - routes and ball run - crack - block combinations 4. Release of Tight End and Wide Receiver

Initial move off line

Running form

Type of Fakes

Favorite routes by receiver and area of field.

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COMMUNICATION AND RECOGNITION

It is necessary that the Defensive Backs learn to communicate with each other and with our LB's durinq the course of the ball games. The importance of talking to one another cannot be stressed enough. The communication we need begins when our opponent breaks the huddle and deploys in the offensive formation. We must be certain that we recognize the offense formation and the eligible Receivers. A Back in motion requires us to make adjustments and this must be made known to all. In addition, our force calls must be made clear to the Safety, Corner and OLB on each side.

Once-the ball is snapped and the play begins, we must continue to communicate. When run shows we should be shouting "RUN". If we see a crack-back block developing on a LB'er or Safety, we should yell "CRACK". Reverse, counter, and draw are other play recognition terms that we should be shouting in order to assist each other in defending against the run.

If we recognize that a play is a Pass, shout it out, "PASS". Our underneath coverage (short zone responsibility) often times has diffi- culty seeing Receivers so it will improve their ability to cover if our men covering the deep zone will call their routes, "IN", "OUT", "HOOK", "CHINA" and "CORNER" on the deep routes.

We must recognize the importance of talking. During practice is the time to perfect the ability of our Secondary and LB'ers to communi- cate without the distraction of crowd noise.

During the game, however, the ability to be heard is more difficult So we want them to SHOUT! We felt this is a very important area of our TEAM DEFENSE:

ALIGNMENT

Disciplined alignment is crucial if we are going to be successful against the variety of passing attacks, running attacks, and special plays we will see during the course of the season. Most of our success will depend upon our ability to disguise our coverages so that the opponents cannot tell by alignment what our coverage will be. In order to do these things, we will play many by the type of formation to your side and the coverage called.

*Leverage * Imperative to be set before the —s Ë offense. STANCE (urgency)

1. А proper stance will help you to be PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY alert.

2. Don't become careless in taking your stance. Work for "Cat- "Like" reflexes. | 1

3. Position of body & arms.

a. Knees bent

(STANCE CONT.) b. Hips are lowered с. Weight on forward foot and balls of feet. d. Shoulders forward e. Hands hanging loosely +f. Eyes focused through receiver and on the QB. 9. Alert but relaxed h. Outside foot lined up to receiver's inside foot.

i. Basic depth for corners 8 to 9 yards, Sam 5 - 7 yards, Jack 11 yards.

READ STEP

On the snap of the ball, each defender will have some type of pre-determined footwork he must execute in order to put him in the best position to read and react to the offensive play. The Read Step will allow us to maintain a relationship to the Receiver and leverage on the run while giving us time to read our keys for run- pass and flow. This step is extremely important if we are to be a well-disciplined unit. It is also a reminder that our responsibility is pass first and run second. Upon completion of the Read Step, we can now react to our keys.

A. The main difference between a shuffle and backpedal is the width of our base. While executing the shuffle we want a wider base. When backpedaling we want a more narrow base in order to lengthen our stride.

B. It is essential to:

l. Shuffle at the same level as your stance. Movement occurs by pushing off the balls of your feet. 3. Upper body lean with shoulders over.toes. 4. While in a shuffle, your up-foot should always remain up.

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BACKPEDAL 6

The basic technique that must be mastered in order to play in the Secondary is the backpedal. The ability to backpedal with maximum speed, to adjust your body position without crossing your feet and be able to change direction as quickly as possible are essential for you to play in our Secondary.

1. Start

a. Push off front foot.

b. Step with back foot.

c. Keep your shoulders down and in front of hips. d. Never step forward with either foot.

2. Sprint - a. Reach back with each step. b. Keep your shoulders in front of your hips. c. Move arms in normal running manner.

3.- Change of Direction

a. Know your angle. b. Step with the leg opposite the direction you want to go. c. Do not cross your legs.

4. Roll over step

a. When you are forced to get out of your backpedal you must take a short rocker step and roll over the foot in the direction that you want to go. You should throw your shoulders and hips in the desired direction.

5. Rollback

a. ТЕ you are forced out of your backpedal by a receiver and the receiver then breaks in the opposite direction, the defensive back should use the twirl technique to recover lost ground. “This technique requires the defender to roll his back to the receiver, get his head around quickly and drive to the interception points.

6. Footwork

a. Practice hanging at original depth reading QB and maintaing inside position on receiver until the critical points of short patterns are eliminated.

b. Avoid crossing feet, stumbling, taking extra steps, as the result of your footwork.

C. When covering an out, use the proper footwork. We will drill to stay tight with the receiver. This applies to the corners. Don't lose ground because of improper footwork.

d. Practice running backward everyday so that you can improve. Learn something everyday to make you a better pass defender.

KEY

The ability to read your keys for run or pass responsibilities is the most important mental skill to master. It is important to the success of the defense to read our keys correctly. The Secondary will have

a primary key and secondary key depending on the coverage and formation.

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RESPONSIBILITY

Execution of individual responsibility is a must for Team Defense. You must know your assignment VS. run and pass before the snap of the ball. We like to predetermine things as much as possible. Hopefully, this will enable us to get better execution and reaction. Repetition is normally a key factor in our getting the type of execution in order to take care of our responsibility.

Adjustments

Execution of individual adjustments to motion is a must for Team Defense. The individual must know the game situations and adjust- ments that can be made. He must always be able to relax and concen- trate under these circumstances reacting with Speed and quickness. Anticipate the possibility of movement by formation recognition and splits of wide receivers.

INDIVIDUAL SECONDARY TECHNIQUE 8

A. Read - be able to read specific keys and diagnose play.

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a. Number 2 receiver to ball 1) Block of Y - release of У

b. Flow of Backs

Pattern Read

a. Must read routes of receivers to assure you are not Covering space and to get better reaction to the ball.

B. Reaction

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When to move - before ball is snapped, receiver moves out - move with him. When receiver moves downfield, move backward. While moving to position

a. Be aware of eligible receivers and when they break.

b. Read your keys

c. Pattern read

Position and Approach on Receivers

a. Know who you are and who he is and react accordingly. Don't get in a foot race you don't want to be in.

b. When the corners are playing a Hitch, force the receiver inside. Don't go for the inside fake and have him turn outside of you where there is no help.

с. When playing an out, make sure you go through the receiver.

d. You will be told the proper position for each type of pass thrown. Work to maintain this proper position on the receiver and you will be able to increase your effect- iveness.

1) Recognition Point - This is the point where the defensive back recognizes the route that the receiver is running.

2) Interception Point - This is the point where the ball will usually be caught by the receiver. It is usually a point six yards in front of the receiver.

e. Know the receiver's speed and patterns you have to cover.

f. When playing an OUT, CURL, STOP, HITCH, and you have approached from the inside, remember you can reach across farther by using your inside arm. In addition you have more force to knock the ball downward.

g. On Cleo force the runner inside on wide plays and make him cut back where you have help.

h. When a receiver fakes, merely drop back another step, but do not decrease your speed or get turned. Try to keep an angle on receiver.

i. You can get too close as well as you can get too far.

j. The distance you play from your man varies with his ability and your ability, score and time of game, plus down and yardage. Usually receivers that do not have great speed and depend upon faking to get open are

bothered.by being played close.

k. Bounce out a receiver occasionally to make him question what is coming next.

1. Get in the habit of covering your receiver closely and staying tight on him. Hound him all over the field. You will find that it is actually easier to cover this way once you get the practice.

m. Once you start up to stop a play -- you must be aggres- sive and not hesitant.

n. When going after the ball and you have the receiver covered, but are directly behind him, try to keep one arm on each side of the receiver as you go through his shoulders to the ball. Since almost anything is allowed if you play the ball, the defender should go through the

receivers shoulders and go for the ball rather than the arms, or try to tackle.

o. When covering "Z" or "X" on inside cuts you must narrow your angle. You may have him covered, but will be two yards away with the same alignment unless you get in his path and norrow your angle. You then force the receiver

to shorten his course and as a result present the quarter- back with a different picture. As a result you are in a

better position to cover. This applies primarily to the Corners.

р. Use the sideline and end zone line. PLAYING THE BALL 1. Always play the ball at its highest point.

2. When the ball is in the air, play the ball, not the receiver, and play it aggressively.

3. Aggressiveness is one of the hardest things to teach on pass defense. It starts in practice against your own teammates.

4. Go up with two hands to break up a pass - two hands are better than one.

5. Knock the balldown toward the ground, not up in the air. 6. When the quarterback attempts to over-throw a receiver stay

after the ball, you may be able to get an interception. Don't quit.

10 7. Remember, you have equal rights Ёог the ball once it is ` їп the air, so play rough, but always play the ball not the man.

8. Here is something that can really help you. Practice developing a "burst of speed" to the ball once it is in the air. Five or six strides with quick recovery at near top speed is a tremendous advantage.

9. There will be times when you cannot get two hands on the bail and will be forced to use one hand. When you use one hand there is a tendency to tip the ball. Make sure you knock it down toward the ground.

10. Converge on the ball once it's in the air. ll. Look through the receiver into the passer.

12. Be rough and aggressive many of these receivers are inclined to be timid. Make them respect you.

13. Ве ready - to intercept a pass if it's deflected --- don't quit.

14. Yell ball, ball, ball, when a teammate is covering on long passes and has his back turned. Don't yell too soon because your teammate will turn to look and this will slow him down.

15. Try to improve your peripheral vision in practice. All good defenders have this.

16. There are times when you may have your man covered but, due to the type of pass thrown, it will be completed. A technique N that is very effective, is to slap at the ball, before the \‘гесе1уег can put it away. In most instances, he will drop the ball. You are still in position to make the tackle if he holds the ball. Perfect this technique when covering your own

receivers. Quick hands are a great asset. INTERCEPTION

l. Watch the interception into your hands and then put it away. 2. Yell Fire, Bingo, Oskie on interception.

3. Practice making interceptions above head level. If you take it lower and wait, the receiver will usually get it.

4. When making an interception in a crowd be sure to twist at the same time your opponent is attempting to get it away from

you. You will get the ball every time.

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If we have two defenders covering one receiver, the one who is in position to intercept should yell "my my"meaning my ball. The other defender is right there and does not let

up, but is ready for a deflected ball, block, or to help

in any way. By doing this we will not be knocking each other

off, and also increasing our interception chances.

Watch the nose of the ball on long passes to improve your judgment as to timing for an interception or to break up à pass. `

After an interception most tackles are made by the intended receiver. The nearest back should block back on the intended receiver.

When you get an interception, go for the nearest sideline. Your yardage return will be greater by heading for sidelines.

Remember with man for man coverage you must use point vision on the receiver and peripheral vision on the ball.

HELPFUL HINTS FOR ALL DEFENSIVE BACKS

If you are having trouble covering a receiver, here is some- thing that may help you. Concentrate solely on the receiver and nothing else, until he breaks. Concentrate On His Belt Buckle, NOT his feet or head. Dog Coverage Technique.

Many times a defender is beaten and faked because he is attempting to cover too much with his eyes, for example, the quarterback, offensive linemen and the receiver.

After the receiver breaks and only after you get in stride with him, should you look back for the ball. Your teammate will help you by yelling ball::

Practice running backwards every day. You cannot get too much of this. There will be periods when we omit this because of other items, but in order for you to improve your footwork

and coverage, you must run backwards every single day.

One on Опе(1 оп 1) is still the best single coverage drill in football. Regardless of the type of pass defense, and even in a zone, it still involves man for man coverage. If you do not get enough 1 on 1, stay after practice. You must remain sharp, especially early in the week.

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When tackling in the secondary, be sure. Sureness is better than how hard you hit them.

Ward off blockers with your hands. Try to hit and sift through blockers.

When defending the open-field, play blockers as long as possible.

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while working against our offense.

Never, never take for granted a man is tackled.

On hitches, hooks, curls and all short passes, hit the receivers hard. Jar him loose from the ball. Make him "hear

footsteps".

If a receiver catches a pass in front of you, tackle him hard enough so that the next time he comes out he will be cautious. Tackle him just below the numbers if he is coming head on, or on the small of the back if he is reversed. Drive upward hard.

Do not go to your knees.

If your receiver doesn't get up right away after you tackle him you will increase your effectiveness in covering him the next time. Slow him down by jolting tackles.

GOLDEN RULES OF TACKLING

1. You must have and develop a desire to tackle the man with the ball. EI E MEE

2. Don't reach for the ball carrier. (Hit through the belt buckle and downward).

3. Follow through. (Don't stop until the whistle sounds).

4. Lock hands or arms! (Then you KNOW you have him).

5. Keep eyes open. (Blind men can't tackle)

6. Study your opponent. Example limp legger, bull or twisting runners.

7. Try to be one jump ahead of your opponent. You must always know the following: А А. ромп B. Distance C. Score D. Time

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If a Receiver has caught ball, try to rip it loose.

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If your receiver is going to catch the ball and you have no chance to intercept or deflect pass, you should strip away

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Align 7-8 yards deep on the inside shoulder of the receiver. Read-QB for 3 step(Quicks). Attempt to maintain a 4 yard cushion and keep good body position with inside leverage. Use this technique when you have no inside help. Do not turn your hips until you are forced to do so by the receiver.

Align 7 yards deep on the out- side shoulder of the receiver. Read QB for 3 step drop(Quicks; Maintain outside leverage alonc with good body position. Look at and concentrate on the receiver. Use this technique when you have inside help.

Take inside shade alignment wit: Squared up stance (split the receiver's stance to the inside. Never allow inside release.

Only make contact with receiver if he comes to you or tries to release inside. Do not take the first outside fake. If he releases outside don't lunge for him. When the receiver comes to you deliver a blow with your hands(punch). You want to cover him on his hip. Present him from getting inside with body position on out route jump into throwing lane. If receiver does break underneath, sprint towards the interceptior point.

This technique follows press principles but is played from

a disguised alignment. The defender aligns 5 to 7 yards

off the receiver and moves intc the legal contact zone on or slightly before the snap. The defender should jam the receiver maintaining inside leverage and then run with the receiver

5. Ram I & O О О This technique allows for a double coverage on an outside receiver. We will bracket him with the corner in an outside

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CP - corner roll back at 8 yards - opponent tendencies & pattern depth we will game plan roll back.

strong side technique - corner plays his ram technique and respo:: sibilities. When the receiver releases outside and goes up the field vertically the corner will roll off WR & rob the 2nd rec. stg. side. Safety will cover Z M/M deep.

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weakside technique - corner plays

his ram technique & responsibilities. When the receiver releases outside and goes up the field vertically

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rob the 2nd rec. weakside. Safety will cover 3 M/M Deep.

CP - corner roll back at В yards - opponent tendencies & pattern depth we will game plan roll back.

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his ram technique and responsibiliti: When the receiver releases outside а; goes up the field vertically the cor- will roll off WR & rob the 2nd recei: strongside. Safety will cover Z M/M deep.

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Strong Corner: align & play Z using outside technique. Play Z M/M short Key 2nd receiver to Zone flat safety M/M 2 Deep.

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Weak Corner: align & play X or 3 using outside technique. Play

buddy technique. Key number 2 receiver weakside - play X M/M short safety plays #3 M/M deep. 3 оп 2 weakside ratio.

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