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Re: Split 4-4 Book?
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2014, 02:20:41 PM »
Two other 44 based books come to mind:

Footballs "Combo" Defensive System  by Rhod Reaves
basic split 44 system with a 53 adjustment

The Radar Defense for Winning Football   by Jules Yakapovich
a different look at the defense using only 2 down linemen

Thanks Coach!  The "Combo" book went for $4.14 on Amazon.  Can't beat that!

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Re: Split 4-4 Book?
« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2014, 02:21:31 PM »
Nah I took it the same way you did... but hey the search function can be hard for most people to operate.

A lot of my functions are hard to operate at my age.   ???

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Re: Split 4-4 Book?
« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2014, 02:05:25 PM »
I have read ALL the books suggested on here (& we USE a Split-4 variation).  I STILL say the BEST book on the subject IS:

Ara Parseghian at Notre Dame was the FIRST coach (along with Paterno at Pa St) to use the Split 4-4 full time (with GREAT SUCCESS).  There is a TON of great stuff on The ND Split 44 in this book.  You can get a used copy for UNDER $7 on Amazon.com:

 Parseghian and Notre Dame football by Ara Parseghian (1973)

My Contact Info: Coach Bill Mountjoy phone: 804-716-7038 EST /  Email: butzadams@hotmail.com

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Re: Split 4-4 Book?
« Reply #18 on: February 09, 2014, 10:15:58 PM »
Coach Mountjoy...I was able to order the book for $4.99 shipping included.  Thanks for the advice!

What variation of the Split-4 do you use?  We would like to use the two 3 techniques but use the DE and OLB in a traditional 4-4 alignment.  Do you have any experience with that front?  Thanks Coach!

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Re: Split 4-4 Book?
« Reply #19 on: February 10, 2014, 12:00:49 PM »
What variation of the Split-4 do you use?  We would like to use the two 3 techniques but use the DE and OLB in a traditional 4-4 alignment.  Do you have any experience with that front?  Thanks Coach!

I know this is directed at Coach Mountjoy, but he runs a 4-2-5/traditional 4-4.  The split alignment (double 3 tech) is covered in the Siler book which is a great resource for the "traditional 4-4".   One of the biggest benefits of the 4-4 regardless of the variation is the multiple looks and fronts you can get by adjusting the inside tackles and linebackers (e.g., stack, split, G etc.) without a significant investment of practice time.  The tackles need to know three techniques (head-up, inside shade and outside shade) and the LBs are reading near back (flow to, flow outside, flow away).
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Re: Split 4-4 Book?
« Reply #20 on: February 10, 2014, 08:18:56 PM »
I know this is directed at Coach Mountjoy, but he runs a 4-2-5/traditional 4-4.  The split alignment (double 3 tech) is covered in the Siler book which is a great resource for the "traditional 4-4".   One of the biggest benefits of the 4-4 regardless of the variation is the multiple looks and fronts you can get by adjusting the inside tackles and linebackers (e.g., stack, split, G etc.) without a significant investment of practice time.  The tackles need to know three techniques (head-up, inside shade and outside shade) and the LBs are reading near back (flow to, flow outside, flow away).

Coach...I agree the Siler book is a great resource.  I just finished reading it and was really impressed.  I also liked the sections on special teams and goalline situations. 

Do you feel any of the fronts (e.g., stack, split, G etc.) are better than the other?  We have been a Double Eagle Flex defense transitioning to a 4-4.  We aligned in a 7, 3, 1, and 5.  I did not like the Weak ILB being a "B" gap player.  He seemed to get down blocked quite a bit by the Tackle.  Any advice?  Thanks Coach!

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Re: Split 4-4 Book?
« Reply #21 on: February 11, 2014, 08:04:19 AM »
We aligned in a 7, 3, 1, and 5.  I did not like the Weak ILB being a "B" gap player.  He seemed to get down blocked quite a bit by the Tackle.  Any advice?  Thanks Coach!

Our base alignment for the tackles is 3-1.  If the weak ILB is getting down blocked by the tackle, the 5 tech is not attacking and squeezing the inside release of the tackle.
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Re: Split 4-4 Book?
« Reply #22 on: February 19, 2014, 07:37:56 PM »
Based on this discussion, I purchased the Parseghian and Dyer books. The Parseghian book is good, but for the old style version of this defense (1970's) you can not really beat the Gailord Bellamy book - it is still my first go to resource.
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