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Combo Coverage 3-High Alignments

By Jeff Zerfas, Safeties Coach, Northside High School (GA)

The next advancement of 3-High Safety defense lies in coaches being creative enough to design split field coverage concepts while keeping a middle of the field defense.


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Rotating Strong/Quick Side Offensive Line for Gap Schemes

By Will Theobold, Offensive Line Coach/Offensive Coordinator, Park High School (MN)

As an offensive staff, it was decided that since we were implementing new blocking rules, going from zone blocking to gap scheme blocking, that we could help our players gain “extra reps” and truly use their strengths...


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Using a Count System to ID Apex Reads in Pre-Snap Relief Throws

By Matthew Bishop, QB Coach, South Johnston High School (NC)

When defenses put 8 defenders in or around the box, or send an extra edge rusher, adapt your pin and pull system to an option-based system.


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11 Personnel Empty SRO Package

By Josh Barge, Assistant Coach, Red Mountain High School (AZ)

Rather than relying on downfield throws for its 11 personnel RPO package, Red Mountain High School (AZ) banks on higher conversion rates by pairing quick screens with QB runs. Check out these SROs.


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Combo Coverage 3-High Alignments

2020-02-09 15:03:28

By Jeff Zerfas, Safeties Coach, Northside High School (GA) The next advancement of 3-High Safety defense lies in coaches being creative enough to design split field coverage concepts while keeping a middle of the field defense. By Jeff Zerfas Safeties...

Rotating Strong/Quick Side Offensive Line for Gap Schemes

2020-02-09 14:58:46

By Will Theobold, Offensive Line Coach/Offensive Coordinator, Park High School (MN) As an offensive staff, it was decided that since we were implementing new blocking rules, going from zone blocking to gap scheme blocking, that we could help our players...

Using a Count System to ID Apex Reads in Pre-Snap Relief Throws

2020-02-09 14:16:20

By Matthew Bishop, QB Coach, South Johnston High School (NC) When defenses put 8 defenders in or around the box, or send an extra edge rusher, adapt your pin and pull system to an option-based system. By Matthew Bishop QB...

11 Personnel Empty SRO Package

2020-02-08 16:46:32

By Josh Barge, Assistant Coach, Red Mountain High School (AZ) Rather than relying on downfield throws for its 11 personnel RPO package, Red Mountain High School (AZ) banks on higher conversion rates by pairing quick screens with QB runs. Check...

“Expand to Build” Teaching Progression for Play Side OL in Wide Zones

2020-02-01 21:03:35

By Shawn Byrnes, Offensive Line Coach, Ottawa University (AZ) Wide Zone blocking can be employed in a variety of different ways. Here at Ottawa University – Arizona (OUAZ), we determine our lateral vs. horizontal displacement of defenders depending on their...

Multiple Coverage and Pressure Distribution to Defend 3x1 Formations

2020-02-01 20:44:01

By Steve Erxleben, Defensive Coordinator, South River High School (MD) As a defensive staff here at South River High School, we decided years ago to transition from more of a base front and coverage team to a scheme rooted in...

“Duo” Philosophy in the Inside Zone Concept

2020-02-01 11:02:39

By Adam Hovorka, Managing Editor, X&O Labs Our inside zone is a little different than a typical zone read. First, our offensive line is looking for double teams and vertical push at the point of attack. Our offensive linemen are...

11/20 Personnel Unbalanced Gap Schemes

2020-01-31 23:34:33

By Scott Girolmo, Head Football Coach, Battlefield High School (VA) Born out of creative necessity, the use of the unbalanced 5-man surface does two things: helps to maximize the stronger personnel within the OL and two helps protect weaker personnel...

20/30 Personnel Wide Zone Package via William and Mary’s “Go-Go” Formation

2020-01-26 13:19:31

By Adam Hovorka, Managing Editor, X&O Labs William and Mary (VA) offensive coordinator designed most of his triple option offense around what he calls a “Go-Go” formation by placing two backs in near proximity to each other, creating three-eligible (with...

The 52-40-8 Dogma of UST Football Culture: How to Attain Accountability and Balance in All Three Phases

2020-01-26 12:49:31

By Mike Kuchar with Glenn Caruso, Head Football Coach, University of St. Thomas (MN) The culture at the University of St. Thomas didn’t happen naturally. It’s the result of a mission created by Coach Caruso and his staff that has...

The Outside Linebacker Training Manual in the 3-4

2020-01-26 11:08:30

By David Pitman, Defensive Coordinator, Sachem North High School (NY) The beauty of the 3-4 is we can manipulate who the force player is by changing the coverage call, while not changing the alignments or assignments for the box players. By...

Pairing Cover 0 Pressures with Stick Coverage to Win 3rd Down

2020-01-25 17:08:22

By Pete DeWeese (X&O Labs), Featuring Mike Fox, Defensive Coordinator, College of Brockport (NY) In this exclusive clinic report, Coach Fox details his Cover 0 “Sticks” pressure package which he combined with catch technique coverage to protect defensive backs with...

 

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