At Shiloh Christian, we base out of a 4-2-5 but are multiple in our fronts and coverages. As a result, we want to teach techniques with as much schematic carry over as possible for the sake of simplicity. One of these is our "slice" technique that has to carry over to all coverages.
By Ashley Henley
Shiloh Christian School (AR)
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At Shiloh Christian, we base out of a 4-2-5 but are multiple in our fronts and coverages. As a result, we want to teach techniques with as much schematic carry over as possible for the sake of simplicity. One of these is our "slice" technique that has to carry over to all coverages. It is not a technique we invented but because of our multiplicity and belief in pattern matching it has been an effective tool in our toolbox when installing and game planning coverages. Once a player understands the meaning of “slice” it allows us to coach fast and efficiently.
The term “slice” is a universal term we teach meaning Stay Low and Inside. It is used in any scenario where a player is a curl-flat dropper, hook-curl dropper, or even a cover 2 corner could use the technique with OUTSIDE leverage on a 1 receiver. We will teach this technique to all LB’s, safeties, and corners. It’s an easy concept to teach and has great carry over to all coverages with zone match and man match concepts. As a result, it can be drilled by any DB/LB coach as part of a circuit or other group work involving multiple positions.
Once we have mastered the technique, we have now taught a fundamental technique we use in cover 4, cover 3, 5-man pressure zone coverage, cover 2, and man match coverage for underneath defenders.
Coaching points include positioning yourself with aligned leverage between your 1st threat and the next closest receiver. Our positioning should be “low” as to not allow the receiver to beat us underneath. We want to “body or wall” our threat and “see” the next.
“Slice Technique” Drill Work:
We will begin the teaching progression in phase with a receiver. This position is half a man with his head behind the receiver. We want hands-on so we can feel/wall/collision while seeing the next threat. The idea is to carry the receiver with my leverage until I have a new threat.
A coach will stand opposite the defender- as the receiver works vertically, the eyes of the defender should be on the coach, keeping proper position with his body. The coach can flash hand 's to train eyes and work feeling and seeing simultaneously.
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At Shiloh, we believe in multiplicity by simplicity and we do it by teaching techniques that can be used in a variety of concepts. This version (SLICE) is an underneath coverage technique that is primarily used by a curl and hook player but can be applied to our schemes in a variety of ways by teaching the term and applying it where needed.
Meet Coach Ashley Henley: Coach Henley is in his 19th year of coaching and has been a head coach, defensive coordinator, and offensive coordinator throughout his career. He is currently having a blast and blessed to be coaching the LBs at Shiloh Christian School in Springdale, AR.