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Offline ZACH

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Re: No bear crawling allowed!
« Reply #30 on: June 12, 2014, 12:08:19 PM »
Yea...time to coach em up

Most defensive line coaches arent focused on stance and get off as they should be...

In order to be fast you need a good stance... in order to beat blockers you need good technique. 

Speed helps both...focus on speed and you wont need to bear crawl. Invest in your players at both end of the talent spectrum
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Re: No bear crawling allowed!
« Reply #31 on: June 15, 2014, 03:09:14 PM »
In a perfect world ide love to see a shin split. With penetration in the backfield... real world application i get either one or the other with maybe 15% of snaps someone does both thats why we have designed rushed calls. Guys laying in gaps means the gap is filled or atleast trashed to a point you dont wanna run there... a pile up solidifies that...i beleive thats a victory for the def...we maintained a gap and kept a lineman off second level players. Im ok with that... would i want more sure...but normall after pain in the shins we have easier time speed rushing... the fact we rotate our gappers helps aswell

Looking at playing small ball on defense. I was looking at putting smaller more athletic kids on the DL with the hope that they can use their speed and quickness off of the ball to penetrate into the back field. Is this wishful thinking? Will I be wasting those players or can they really cause problems for the offense if we really work on ball get off? The particular kid that I'm thinking of played Sam for us in DC-46 last week. He always did a good job penetrating. He has more of an LB build than a big corner. He played scout D one day for us and gave us fits shooting the gap. I figured if we put an emphasis on team speed on defense and even put smaller faster players on the line instead of stereotypical d-linemen, with the really low technique along with shin splitting, he'd be very effective. I just don't want to waste him. Thoughts?

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Re: No bear crawling allowed!
« Reply #32 on: June 15, 2014, 04:43:24 PM »
My A gappers usually force the center and both guards to get tied up, that's 2 for 3 and since their 3 are usually their best linemen that's a heck of a trade when my 2 A gappers  are backups. Lots of times they beat the blocks and are right into the backfield, surprise, surprise!

Sending two weak players into A gaps is a good strategy.   It generally occupies 3 blockers and is a good trade.  I have done it myself when coaching B teams and it works very well. 

I just don't agree with taking a weak player and trying to take out 1 blocker by bear crawling.   


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Re: No bear crawling allowed!
« Reply #33 on: June 15, 2014, 10:42:13 PM »
Looking at playing small ball on defense. I was looking at putting smaller more athletic kids on the DL with the hope that they can use their speed and quickness off of the ball to penetrate into the back field. Is this wishful thinking? Will I be wasting those players or can they really cause problems for the offense if we really work on ball get off? The particular kid that I'm thinking of played Sam for us in DC-46 last week. He always did a good job penetrating. He has more of an LB build than a big corner. He played scout D one day for us and gave us fits shooting the gap. I figured if we put an emphasis on team speed on defense and even put smaller faster players on the line instead of stereotypical d-linemen, with the really low technique along with shin splitting, he'd be very effective. I just don't want to waste him. Thoughts?

Look at celina under ford ... butch mentioned having back up running backs on the defensive line.  Team speed on defense is the recipe for success no matter the scheme.

If you take your 2 best def lineman ... 2 back up rb types... now you need a nose...i say this because youve mentioned running special exclusively. Find the touggest sob no matter size or talent and theres your nose.

The defensive line must make a statement. 

Investing in the defensive line is great... aslong as you have equal to better behind it chasing it down.
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Re: No bear crawling allowed!
« Reply #34 on: June 16, 2014, 08:10:23 AM »
Looking at playing small ball on defense. I was looking at putting smaller more athletic kids on the DL with the hope that they can use their speed and quickness off of the ball to penetrate into the back field. Is this wishful thinking? Will I be wasting those players or can they really cause problems for the offense if we really work on ball get off? The particular kid that I'm thinking of played Sam for us in DC-46 last week. He always did a good job penetrating. He has more of an LB build than a big corner. He played scout D one day for us and gave us fits shooting the gap. I figured if we put an emphasis on team speed on defense and even put smaller faster players on the line instead of stereotypical d-linemen, with the really low technique along with shin splitting, he'd be very effective. I just don't want to waste him. Thoughts?
I am not a 10-1 guy but I can tell you about my experience with small, fast dlinemen. The can reek havoc. Kids that fit that bill usually are much better athletes than the olinemen. Unless you are in a select league or playing in a place like Miami, Baltimore(some of the best youth teams in the nation come from the Baltimore area btw), or LA the oline will be full of overweight slow kids with little coordination. They will often be very poorly coached(if at all). We rely on speed and sure gang tackling on defense. That recipe will work with whatever defense you run.

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Re: No bear crawling allowed!
« Reply #35 on: June 16, 2014, 10:32:23 AM »
Cool. Thanks for the feedback. We have a mean one for NG too!
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Re: No bear crawling allowed!
« Reply #36 on: June 25, 2014, 10:47:32 AM »
IF you want to see some good comedy....go to 1:10 of this film and watch this Teams ROG for the next 4 plays.

This is why you DO NOT play minimums on the DL. This Team is a 3rd grade Spring Team from 2012. A friend of mine coaches the team in Black. #58....ROG with the Navy Blue helmet is probably the best OLM in our entire Age Group.

You aint bear crawling him either...he will hurt you. We played his Fall Team once. Kid is just absolutely flippin' NASTY. We Gilbert Brown'd him while he was on D in the hopes that he would be too exhausted when on O. That worked...after a while.

Granted the opponent in this film is way out manned but so are 99% of all MP's...where ever you happen to play them.  Its why they are MP's.

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1897816/highlights/51782595


That was quite entertaining. 
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