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Offline jrk5150

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Season Over - 33 SA had a good one!
« on: October 30, 2014, 10:58:09 PM »
So we finished 7-1. The one loss was in double OT by a point, that knocked us out of the playoffs.  This is year 6 running this defense.

In total we gave up 63 points in 8 games. The D gave up 51 of those (one KO return and one fumble return), and 13 of those points came in the two OT's.  So in regulation play, our D gave up 38 points in 8 games.  We had 4 shut outs.

We struggled big time at Dog.  I just could not find two kids that would attack while keeping outside leverage.  From our first scrimmage, we went through 7 different kids at Dog out of a roster of 20.  I think I should have been able to make two of them work, but I just couldn't get them to do it right.

I ended the year with one kid at Dog who was totally non-aggressive.  Textbook NON Dog.  In fact, he didn't even play D until I put him at Dog, he wasn't one of our best 11.  Or 12.  Or 13.  Or probably even 14.  But he did an OK job staying outside, and he was pretty fast.  So he basically created enough traffic to allow the rest of the D to get to the ball.

My best player didn't want to play Dog, he'd have been fine there.  I started him at outside stacker and he played some R, especially in GRIM.  I found he was able to mostly shut down that side of the field from the OS spot.  I figured most offenses account for the DE, but not all do a good job picking up the OLB, especially if he's playing aggressively.

I had two EXCELLENT Reapers.  One kid is just a natural finding the ball, and loves to hit.  Had some issues early in the season overrunning plays and dropping his head, but he cleaned it up.  Our last game he was phenomenal.  Easily the best R we've ever had, just an amazing ability to read flow and find the ball.  The other was our best player mentioned above - tall and fast.  Good tackler/hitter.  I think GRIM might have been our best defensive set allowing the two of them to run to the ball. Certainly helped make up for the bad Dogs.

My CB's were twins, they were good.  Probably the best pair of CB's I've had.  Tried both at Dog.  One might have been fine, but we had such a big drop off to the next CB, I wanted him out there in space.

Probably had more interceptions than passes completed on us.  I didn't track it, but we had a couple of games with multiple picks.  CB's had most, I think our R had one or two.

This year was by far the best R/CB combo we've had, and our stacks were very good.  I would say outside of the Dogs, one of the best defenses we've ever had.  Worst Dogs we've ever had, though.

It was a very good season.  Our numbers are down, so it's going to be tight as to whether our team will exist next year.  So this might be it for the 33 stack attack.  We shall see.



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Re: Season Over - 33 SA had a good one!
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2014, 09:30:53 AM »
This was my first year running the 33 stack, and it was 2 games into the season. We had actually purchased this D a few years back, and Then another coach and I parted ways to separate teams and never used it. When we had some issues this year, I dug it out, realizing we desperately needed something to help make us more aggressive and a handful of kids, to think less.

We ended 6-2 and just won our first playoff game 22-13.  I would say that in the last 6 games, the starting "D" has given up a toatl of 20 points with two fumble recovery TD's off of sacks, and that's including that playoff game. Granted, we played a lot of cream puffs in the 2nd half, but I still feel this defense is spot on for the group of kids I have. Also, at least at the pee-wee level, very few teams and coaches can and/or  know how to handle the pressure it brings.

Like you, I could have more aggressive dogs, and my better athlete really didn't want to be a reaper or dog...just don't get it, but if he's not enthusiastic about it, I don't want him there. And, like your kid, he has done well at OS. I also have a kid who is borderline ADD who has been revived somewhat at the other OS.  We still struggle with any sweeps, but I still think it's mostly a lack of phyicality. This week, I really worked with the dogs on angles and physicality. We'll see this sunday....we are lucky that we have drawn beatable teams. After this , it becomes a real tall order.

All in all, this is definitely one of a few defenses I would suggest to any younger youth team, especially if they are not stocked with studs...maybe my top pick for effectiveness, install time, and opportunity for negative plays and turnovers.

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Re: Season Over - 33 SA had a good one!
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2014, 11:57:51 AM »
You know you are a real football coach when you talk about your struggles after mentioning 38 regulation points in 8 games or 20 points in 6 games ... LOL

You guys are great ...
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Re: Season Over - 33 SA had a good one!
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2014, 03:10:14 PM »
LOL.  Good point.

Against the 3 decent teams we played, the D gave up 6, 13 (plus another 13 in the two OT's) and 13 points.  Still enough for us to win.  Even the game we lost was on the O more than anything - we fell about a foot short on the second PAT in the 4th quarter which caused the tie.  Get that foot, we win 14-13 in regulation and we're in the playoffs.

This is a good defense.  Still learning something new on player placement every year.  This was a challenging year for that.  Definitely learned a "new way" to play this D using bad Dogs.


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Re: Season Over - 33 SA had a good one!
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2014, 06:11:15 PM »
Nice season for sure. Especially working through your personnel issues. The pressure this defense can bring can really make your umbrella players jobs that much easier.
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