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COORDINATING RUN DEFENSE AND MAN TO MAN COVERAGE
MAN TO MAN DEFENSE AND RUN FORCE
One of the most important areas for any coach to consider as he designs his defensive package is the area of run force and its coordination with the type of pass coverage that he will be using. It was our belief that we had to have two different run force packages. One would be incorporated with our varying types of zone coverage. The other would be incorporated with our man to man and blitz defense packages. In this clinic summary we will look at the coordination of our run force with our man to man pass coverage.
It became very important to our defensive scheme that we make force calls to each side of the defense on every play regardless of the coverage we were going to use or the personnel that we had in the game.
CALLS DEFINE RESPONSIBILITY
In designing our run force with our man to man pass defense, we wanted our players to understand that any run force call that might be made would be subject to change based upon the release of one or more eligible receivers into the pass pattern. With one word, we wanted the following to be defined and understood by the members of our defensive team.
First, it would tell which player had the primary responsibility for containing the run to his side. Incorporated with this responsibility would be the teaching of how the contain man would take on any lead blocker.
Next, the call would designate how our coverage responsibility would change based on the blocking of the offensive players.
Finally, it would clearly define the responsibilities of how we would play the option. With this we would teach who had pitch and who was responsible for playing the quarterback.
MAKING THE CALLS
Each safety has the responsibility to make the proper force call to his side. Force calls would be determined and influenced by the type of man to man defense called, the offensive personnel in the game, the offensive formation being used, our scouting report, and by the down and distance situation.
PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE FORCE CALL
Each force call that we made in our man to man pass defense packages could involve the following four defensive players on each side of our defense. In addition to the corner, safety and outside linebacker on each side , the defensive end also had to understand that he could become involved in the run contain responsibility.
It was important that each player understand that the key to our run force in man to man pass defense will come with a block by an offensive player who the defender has in coverage.
MAN TO MAN CALLS TO BE USED
With our man to man pass defenses we used four basic calls to designate our run force responsibility. Our calls were:
Cathy - Call which designated the corner as the force man. A block by either offensive receiver in a wing set or by a weak tight end would cause the corner to force and release by these receivers would cause the force to be off.
Storm - Call which designated the safety as the force man. A block by the tight end will cause the safety to force and a release will cause the force to be off.
Billy - Call which designated the outside linebacker as the force man. A block by the near back will cause the outside linebacker to force and a release will cause the force to be off.
Easy - Call which designated the defensive end as the force man to his side.
In order for our run force package to be sound it is important for all four players to realize that the run force responsibility automatically moves in one man with the release of an eligible receiver. These automatic changes would be; Cathy to Billy with weak tight end release, Storm to Billy with tight end release, Billy to Easy with near back release.
FREE SAFETY ADJUSTMENT TO FLOW
We designed an automatic change from our free safety man to man coverage to a strong or weak man to man coverage based on full flow by the offensive backs in one direction or the other.
BLITZ RUN RESPONSIBILITY
By design, in any man to man blitz, the outside man of the blitz, defensive end, linebacker or defensive back always has the responsibility for forcing the run.
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