Coach Baechler will teach what he calls a “Bite Technique” to his outside linebacker against three-man surfaces, particularly if he is slanting to the field and the tight end is to the boundary or against two tight end sets. The purpose is to bounce the ball outside to the middle linebacker and primary support player. Learn more here...
By Mike Kuchar
Senior Research Manager
Editor’s Note: The following research was conducted as part of XandOLabs.com special report on “Defending the Run with the Odd Front,” which can be accessed in full below.
Bite Technique, Tim Baechler, Canton High School (MI):
Coach Baechler will teach what he calls a “Bite Technique” to his outside linebacker against three-man surfaces, particularly if he is slanting to the field and the tight end is to the boundary or against two tight end sets. The purpose is to bounce the ball outside to the middle linebacker and primary support player. The Sam or Will linebacker is going to move to a head up situation. If the tight end bases him and he gets run action to him, the Sam will rip inside and be the C gap player while the Quick linebacker scrapes to be a D gap player (Diagram 34). The Will jams and closes to try to bounce and spill everything outside to the Quick who becomes the D gap player. If the tight end reaches the Sam, the Sam becomes the D gap player (Diagram 35).
“If my inside line backer away from the Sam sees full flow to the bite side, he is the A gap scrape player,” said Coach Baechler. If he gets split flow, he has to honor his side before scraping over. “If they run a split flow play back to the bite side, you still have your veer defensive tackle coming down that they have to contend with. If that guard releases up the field to block the linebacker, the veering defensive tackle has B through A gap because the guard is gone. If the guard were to block out on the veer defensive tackle, he would long stick to A gap (Diagram 36).”
Blood Technique, Ryan Fullen, Defensive Coordinator, Wagner College (NY):
In order to alleviate the stress that a three-man surface may present to an odd front, Coach Fullen will blood (or move) the front to gain an advantage. “We get the play side inside linebacker flowing, so there is no gaps in front of him,” said Coach Fullen. “They eventually play the overhang defender. The Sam will come under the tight end and becomes a spill player. The down block of gap schemes trigger the high safety (Diagram 32) in our quarters coverage structure. If he gets a fan block the Sam boxes up the field to trigger the high safety inside (Diagram 33). In this situation, he’s purely a D gap player.
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