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By Mike Nahum, Associate Head Coach/Safeties, Marvin Ridge High School (NC)

See how one coaching staff runs their Dime Package which allows all their players to play in normal 4-2-5 alignment keeping their reads and keys the same. And as we all know, in high school, that is the cornerstone to having success...

By Mike Nahum
Associate Head Coach/Safeties
Marvin Ridge High School (NC)
Twitter: @coachnahum60

 

 

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As a base 4-2-5 defense, we utilize 4 down linemen, 2 linebackers, 3 safeties and 2 cornerbacks and base out of quarters coverage. Our front six is set separately from our back five. Since the ball is on the hash at least 80% of the time or more in high school, we focus on teaching from the hash the majority of the time. Our defense is field/boundary based since we declare passing strength to the field most of the time.

 

These 3 players line up to the Boundary/away from the passing strength.

BC: Boundary Corner

Buck: Boundary Inside Linebacker

BS: Boundary Safety

 

These 4 players line up to the field/to the passing strength.

FC: Field Corner

Mike: Field Inside Linebacker

Rover: Field Low Safety

FS: Field High Safety

 

Our Dime (D) package is a personnel grouping where we take our NT (A gap defender) out and replace him with a Dime. We then simply slide our DT (B gap defender) to a head up Nose (0 Technique). This simply puts us in a 3-2-6. Nothing more.

This allows all our players to play in normal alignment keeping their reads and keys same as. In high school, in my opinion, this is the cornerstone to having success.

 

There are four reasons we needed to have this change up in our arsenal and they are:

1) Provide the ability to play man coverage and drop 8 using a DB rather than a LB on their receivers. 

2) Provide you the ability to stay in immediate safety force (Rover/Dime) while staying 2-high.

3) Provide multiple looks with Buccaneer front, while matching skill on skill with our Dime-preventing a LB from having to play in space. 

4) Eliminates having a skill player on the sideline while having a static 4-man front vs. the spread or on passing downs. 

 

In addition, I will discuss this package vs. 10P 2x2 and 10P 3x1.

Our Dime (D) is generally our second-best Rover (Low Safety). The Dime (D) will generally play to the boundary unless coverage dictates something different.

First call will be Bronco. Bronco is a 3-man rush and dropping 8 defenders. We will play 2 coverages from Bronco.

 

Bronco Blue:

This will be called in our Dime Package to drop 8 defenders and rushing 3 playing Cover 4 (Blue) behind it.

 

Versus 2x2

  • DE’s 5-techniques
  • DT: 0-technique (Rush Opposite of Center Turn)
  • Mike/Buck are vertical/hook defenders
  • Rover plays flats to field/Dime plays flats to boundary
  • FC Match Vertical (MV) #1 player to field
  • FS Match Vertical 2 player to field
  • BS Match Vertical #1 player to boundary
  • BC Match Vertical #2 player to boundary

 

Versus 3x1

  • DE’s 5-techniques
  • DT: 0-technique (Rush Opposite of Center Turn)
  • Mike/Buck bump to trips and are vertical/hook defenders
  • Rover plays flats to field/Dime plays flats to boundary
  • FC Match Vertical #1 player to field
  • FS Match Vertical #2 player to field
  • BS Match Vertical #3 player to Field
  • BC Match Vertical #1 player to boundary

 

Versus a TE set our Dime will play as a wide 9 Technique

Diagram 1

 

 

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Conclusion

Playing a Dime Package on 3rd downs or passing situations allows you to get more speed and cover guys on the field. It presents a different look to the offense while keeping coverage rules relatively the same as in our base defense. This allows your players to play fast and allows you to use players situationally. There are numerous other schemes out of Dime personnel, but these are basic ones that most of us would be familiar with. This provides us with both a MOF Open and MOF Closed Coverages with a 3 or 4 Man rush with different personnel.

 

 

Meet Coach Mike Nahum: Coach Nahum is entering his 20th year in coaching and his second stint at Marvin Ridge H.S. as the Associate Head Coach/Safeties. Coach Nahum was most previously the DC/LB Coach at David W. Butler H.S. Coach Nahum has been a Coach for FBU as well as a speaker at numerous clinics. Coach Nahum has coached every position on defense and has served as a Defensive Coordinator for 10 seasons. Coach Nahum has coached numerous players who have gone on to play successfully at the Collegiate FBS level.

 

 

 

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