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.
By Jeff Zerfas Safeties...
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...
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...
“Expand to Build” Teaching Progression for Play Side OL in Wide Zones
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...
“Duo” Philosophy in the Inside Zone Concept
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
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...
The Outside Linebacker Training Manual in the 3-4
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.
Pairing Cover 0 Pressures with Stick Coverage to Win 3rd Down
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...