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Re: Amoeba 33
« Reply #30 on: May 15, 2019, 01:05:12 PM »
Really interested in this defense. Do you have any drills you use for this defense specifically or even a playbook?

Drills . . . hmm.

I think we started March 12 with 3 practices per week. We took a week off during a BYE, but whatever, you get the point. In that time, I'd be surprised if we've done 2 hours worth of drills or indies total. If I did ANY drills with the pressure group (stacks), they aren't worth sharing. My cover group coach is the "catch man" guru. I'm not sure he ran any drills. We mainly teach on the fly running team.

To prepare for our last opponent, I recognized a need to nail down our pursuit and "contain by committee", which was stolen from the Killer Bee. Think rabbit/greyhound drill. 2 backs, each with a football, cones 5 yards from the sideline. On "HIT", both backs take off in their respective direction trying to sweep around the defense. Coach opens to one player indicating which player is "live". #1 guy is the CB and he aims for the outside hip of the BC. #2 guy is the dog and aims for center mass of the BC, going for the "kill shot". #3 guy is the Reaper or maybe outside stacker, or even in some cases, the DT. Either way, if you are the 3rd man in pursuit, you will aim for the inside hip, looking for a pause, juke or cut back. Everyone else stops and points out the angle they would take. Offensive coaches would watch them to do quality control on their angles. Backside DOG gets to depth and looks for BCR. Backside CB stays put until the ball crosses the LOS, then picks his "save a TD" angle.

I taught the traditional 33 stack on the fly during our first team session while the HC (who is my "cover group" coach) gave very quick instructions to the Dogs, CBs and Reaper. Traditional stack just means one stack on the center and a stack each over the OTs. Yes, we went over unbalanced lines and finding the "center" of the line. Fly through your gap and play football. I had the DTs and NTs at credit card depth. The call was "JJ" in honor of Mr. Lawson

After a couple of reps, I introduced the "twist" call. So now, any given stack will twist stunt. We'll use the left stack as an example. OS will tap the DT and send him to the C gap (for example). DT now has a choice. He can either line up in the C gap and hit it, or he can line up in the B gap and cross the OTs face. OS will line up at depth head up over the OT (around 4 yards) and hit the B gap. If the taps the DT to the B gap, same thing. So what happens is the OT is now seeing 4 different looks from this stack and I tell them to be random and unpredictable. The call was "Twizzler" in honor of the candy treat.

That went in VERY smoothly, so a few more reps vs Mahonz' scout O and I installed the "Ghost" call. This is where everyone lines up at depth in seemingly random places and hits their gaps. The most important thing is that they are shot out of a cannon and eyes immediately to the QB and read what's going on while attacking full speed. The call was "Ghost" because it reminded me of the two weird twins from the Matrix who disappeared and reappeared.

I knew I was onto something because the scout O came out in Robust T and ran 3 dives at us. We stuffed them for a total of maybe 1.5 yards combined. I found myself saying "play football" a lot, so it occurred to me that "play football" was at odds with dictating the calls from the sideline. So I told them to do whatever they wanted to. One stack will be "JJ", another will be "Twizzler" and the third might be "ghost" .Totally up to them. Now, they are pretty much always in "Ghost".  In game 1, a huge o-line running Beast kicked our tail down the field in the opening drive. It wasn't a flaw in the defense, but poor execution. Too many guys sitting at depth and reading. We eventually settled down and held a VERY potent offense to 14 points.

I am a very "dumb it down" coach. If I have to write it down, it's too complicated. So no playbook. With this defense, I took that idea to the extreme. Unfortunately, I have to go to a military appreciation lunch right now, but I will write out the defense when I get back.


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Re: Amoeba 33
« Reply #31 on: May 15, 2019, 03:30:30 PM »
If I'm being completely honest, the offensive lines we've faced have some work to do if they want to progress to "shitty". Our o-line is "meh". Well below our standards, but far and away the best in our Spring league. The big takeaways:
1) most, if not all of my theories seem to hold water
2) I understand a new (to me) way to play defense.
3) sometimes the best coaching move is to stay the hell out of your players' way

I'd say the Cowboys OL was quite good. Yes they could be coached up better like most every team but that unit has talent. The rest is just meh like you said to include our own...but dont forget....we are running an O with no line.  :P

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Re: Amoeba 33
« Reply #32 on: May 15, 2019, 05:01:17 PM »
I'd say the Cowboys OL was quite good. Yes they could be coached up better like most every team but that unit has talent. The rest is just meh like you said to include our own...but dont forget....we are running an O with no line.  :P

Agree. In Beast, they were very good where it counts, LG, T, PT TE. But in their balanced look, they were "meh". Their pass pro was poor, but that had a lot to do with the 1980's style 7 step drops they were taking.
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Re: Amoeba 33
« Reply #33 on: May 16, 2019, 01:17:04 PM »
Here's the "playbook". I'm sharing a link to my Google drive so we don't use up so much storage on the website.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8gVPXE_ZHnVNHE5dXdmOTluSTFHNmp1UWd4ZDFZMTJKeG1N/view?usp=sharing
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Re: Amoeba 33
« Reply #34 on: May 19, 2019, 12:27:51 AM »
Pitched a shutout today with a pick 6.  I think we had 3 picks on the day. Opponent had one big gain on a double pass. My CB was upset, but I told him not to worry about it. We don't even practice against HB passes or double passes. My 2 best stack players were out on defense. They each play ever offensive snap and they each missed a practice last week, so I wouldn't let them play defense.

Defense was playing well enough in the 1st half, but not perfect. Then, the unexplainable happened right before half time. Mahonz pointed out 2 offense only players who hadn't played yet. I put them in at Nose and Middle stacker as a stack pair and for reasons completely unknown to me, the defense shifted into "awesome mode". These two are rookie players who rotate at WR. They both have decent speed and seem fairly athletic, but had maybe 5 defensive plays between them on the season. On their 2nd play together, the opponent called timeout. I went out to talk to the defense because I'm supposed to (I guess) and the 2 rookies had a couple of questions. I spent the timeout answering their questions. On the next play, we got immediate pressure on the QB leading to a pick 6. I told Mahonz that the pick 6 was due to my genius re-positioning of the defense.  ;)

At halftime, it was 30-0 and we had absolutely nothing to prove, so I grabbed every offensive rotator and put them in a rotation in the stacks. They got a very basic description of what to do and what to expect. At halftime, I saw the "regulars" in the stacks instructing and giving a mini "stack clinic".

Entering the 3rd quarter with this hodge podge defense, I half expected us to get scored on. Somehow, some way, the defense found another gear and we had the opposing offense going backward. Weird.

As part of the rotation, I had our 98lb Tasmanian devil sub in for our 220lb Shrek just to mess with the OT. I just wanted to see the look on his face when 6'2, 220 was replaced by 5'5, 98. Little guy crossed his face and got a big TFL.

Another weird observation was putting the most timid kid we have at middle stacker. I watched him as he tip-toed in the general direction of his gap. The C and G decided to climb and double team him. I guess they smelled fear on him or something. Unfortunately for them, This left a 7 foot gap right in the middle that our more aggressive players were more than happy to fill, getting another huge TFL.

Mixed feelings on one play. In game 2, one of their players knocked our center out for the season, breaking his wrist on a dirty and unnecessary blind side hit. Their player was a deep safety and we were running wide right. Our C, uncovered was looking for a 2nd level defender to block. Their S covered 10 yards to hit our C while the ball was about 30 yards away. Today, they threw him a screen/swing that I'm pretty sure was supposed to turn into a double pass. I think we had 7 jerseys on him and we knocked him out of the game. C and his parents were happy, but the kid was out because his head bounced off the turf. So while I'm happy about the physical play and gang tackle, I can't find joy in the result. Unintentional, but I don't want to see a kid leave from a head injury.

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Re: Amoeba 33
« Reply #35 on: May 19, 2019, 11:13:25 AM »
The way you yinged and yanged their OL was fun to watch. 

I absolutely do not understand their Offense.  Split backs are great for crossfire....from under center. I think too many coaches run shotgun just to run shotgun. The coaching in this Division is very suspect.
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