3-4 Defense Man Coverage Principles

The off-season is a time where I love to get together with local coaches and talk about defense. I am blessed to live in the Atlanta area, so there are a lot of great coaches that are willing to share their knowledge with a young defensive coordinator.

3-4 defense man coverage was a scheme that really interested me as I met with several defensive coordinators in the McDonough / Atlanta area. I grew up playing against the 50 defense as an offensive lineman and my eyes like having a balanced, five man rush with man coverage behind it. We call this man coverage but in all reality it is cover 1, but instead of a post safety, we have a low – hole inside linebacker.

Using 3-4 defense with man coverage is VERY simple, but it has been proven effective over the years. Continue reading

3 Reasons Football Coaches Must Be Salesmen

Guess what, you’re in sales even though your coach wasn’t

Take minute and ponder the answers to the following questions:

  • What percentage of your players truly believe in your offensive and defensive schemes?
  • How often do you field questions from parents regarding the validity of various aspects of your program?
  • How many of your players are seeking coaching or training outside of your program because they don’t believe your program offers everything they need to be the best they can be (this includes offseason strength and conditioning)?

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3 Coaches Joining the Strong Football Team!

I’m pleased to announce that 3 coaches have officially joined Strong Football over the last month as contributing writers. All 3 have contributed to Strong Football in the past and each has contributed posts that have performed in an outstanding way.

I’d also like to mention that all 3 are exceptional leaders and each brings something to the table to help you, a growing football coach, become better every day. I’m saying these in no particular order, but the coaches joining the team are…
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Multiple 3-4 Fire Zone Blitz Coverages

Coaches thought Fire Zone Blitzes Were Just Cover 3 Concepts – Then They Read This!

The term “fire zone blitz” has become a buzzword at all levels of football, and the effective use of them has shut down many offenses. In this article I will explain two fire zones blitz coverages that can be used against every style of offense.

The coverages used in these fire zone blitzes are cover 3 and cover 2, which are simple fire zone blitz coverages that are taught at even the Pop Warner level. The secret to the success of these fire zone blitzes is that you are able to disguise them, because the pre-snap look is the same to the quarterback (2 high shell).

A lot of coaches do not like to run fire zones because they seem too complex, but when you break them down you will see how simple and effective they are in creating confusion and chaos for an offense.
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Why Some Football Coaches Never Win

This is a cautionary tale. You’ve seen them. You know, those coaches.

The coach who knows it all.CoachCP - Curtis Peterson

The coach who expects his kids to know it all.

The coach who can’t understand why his kids don’t know it all.

So, clearly, the coach who doesn’t know it all – but knows it all. Is that you?

I see more and more of them. Here’s a story on 3 football coaches, who won’t ever win. Continue reading

3 Reasons to Run the Midline Option

The midline option is often forgotten in today’s days of the spread offense. The Zone read, the triple option, etc… all still thrive, even when the team is in the gun.

But what happened to the Midline option? There are a few exceptions, for instance, Oregon has been known to run it – must notably getting it blown up by Auburn’s defensive tackles in their national championship game a few years ago.

But unless you’re going up against first round picks with freakish like athleticism every play, midline option is still a good concept.

QB Midline Option Pull

Here’s 3 reasons you should run the midline option, no matter what offense you run.
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3-4 Cover 2 Man Under Defense

In the era of the spread offense it has become essential to employ a defense that can maximize numbers in the box and still provide excellent pass coverage. Offenses are using the entire field and defenses must be able to defend from sideline to sideline and still have enough players in the box to stop the run. Our base defense was a 4-2-5 this past season, but we played a 3-4 cover two man look versus pure spread teams (Air Raid / Tony Franklin System).

In our classification we see mostly 21/22 personnel but when we play teams that are mainly 10/11 personnel we utilized our 3-4 cover 2 man defense. The following paragraphs will detail the reads, alignment and assignment of each position in our two man package.
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