Friday, August 29, 2014

Coaching Points: Rutgers vs Washington St, 2014


I watched the first half of this game and highlights

Rutgers was mostly a single back, 11 personnel unit. Mixing in 12 personnel near the goal line. Run heavy for the most part, when they did throw, they typically threw deep and away from underneath coverage.

3-4 base, with a designated Rush end to make it behave a bit more like an Under front than a true 3-4. Lots of twists and slants to get the DL in one-gap situations. Mostly zone behind.

Coaching Points: Minnesota vs EIU, 2014

Jesse Johnson - USA Today Sports
Pro-style pistol sets. Mostly inside zone and power O, some QB read plays. Mostly short and intermediate throws to the sideline. When attacking deep, it was off of PA.

Cover 1 base from an over front. Appeared to mix 4-3 personnel and nickel personnel. Switched up to Cover 3 at times, struggled a bit with coverage being a bit softer.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BDS 2014 Summer Links

Below is a round-up of what has been posted here this summer. Hope you enjoy. And as always, if you ever have questions, feel free to ask, either in the comments, on twitter, or through e-mail.

Football Fundamentals: Cover 1 Defense Adjustments

Like all coverages, coaches have developed adjustments and checks to mitigate some of the weaknesses of a coverage, or to hinder some of the methods offenses use to attack the defense without switching up the coverage entirely. This is done for teams with certain strengths, against certain formations that look to exploit some aspect of coverage, or to take advantage of offensive tendencies in certain situations. These adjustments can be called in the huddle based or they can be checked based on the offensive look or motion pre-snap. In this piece, we’ll go over some of the things Cover 1 defenses do to adjust to offenses.

As a primer, here's your standard Cover 1

Football Fundamentals: Cover 1 Defense

The Cover 1 defense: probably the first defense you learned, whether you knew you learned it or not, whether it was in youth football or in your backyard. Man vs man. Mono y mono. You vs me. Let’s see who can out athlete who. And of course, then there’s the one person playing center field, looking to pick off any pass with a little too much air or smash anyone who dares come over the middle without fear. Yup, good ol’ fashioned Cover 1. It’s as simple as that, right? Well, actually, yeah, pretty much. Relative to other coverages employed in modern football, Cover 1 is about as intuitive and instinctive as it gets. But, that’s relative to other defenses. That doesn't mean that there isn't technique that is required to be successful to run this defense, there is always more to a coverage than that.

The Basics
[Green = Man-to-Man Match-up, Yellow = Deep zone, Purple = Short zone, Red = Defensive movement, Blue = Offensive movement]

How to Attack
Every receiver accounted for
Limited underneath help
Bunch/Stack Sets
5-man rush pressure
Play Action passes
Pick Routes
Deep middle help
Out routes from inside receivers
Inward Breaking Routes from outside receivers
Over the top help
Poor run support from DBs
Crossing/Mesh Routes
Good against zone beaters
Easily identified by motion
WR fades
Tight Coverage

TE in alley
Box Defenders in Fast Read/React Run Support

Run Weak
Run support from SS

Looking off FS
Athlete vs Athlete

Out Routes from inside receivers

Cover 1, at its essence, is a man coverage. Also known as “Man Free” because of the free safety covering the center field zone. There are several options for the LB and SS coverage. Each of these subsections below could have articles for themselves. To keep this somewhat manageable, a summary of each will be provided, with the goal of adding new articles specifically for many of these things at a later date.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Implementing Tempo into Your Offense

All coaches will admit that differentiating and controlling tempo are benefits of any modern offense. But then why are not all offenses running it in this day and age? In the modern B1G, you see some teams that utlize it heavily, others marginally, and others not at all. Why such a difference if it's known as an advantage for any offense using it. In this piece, we will discuss just that.

Chris Howell - Herald-Times [Indiana is known as being one of the fastest teams
 in college football and have had a very successful offense in recent years.
Some would say their struggles on defense are an effect of
practicing with up-tempo offense, though]

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Inside the Playbook: Cover 4 Safety Play

The aspect of MSU’s defense that gets the most focus is undoubtedly the CB position. Fans and media folk love to point out the fact that the CBs are often left on an island by themselves, remaining hip-to-hip with their receiver from the snap of the football to the play is dead. But it is my opinion that CB may not even be the most important position in the Spartans Cover 4 secondary. In fact, it is the safeties that are consistently taxed mentally, pulled between run support and coverage. While CBs receiver the brunt of the bait, the safeties are left with the largest quandary. It has long been my opinion that, at the heart of attacking MSU’s defense, lies attacking the safeties. Unfortunately for teams facing the Spartans, Michigan State’s safety rarely make that an easy task either.