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Offline jtschem

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Dog Play vs Tight Slot
« on: August 30, 2019, 10:13:26 AM »
How do you guys coach your dogs to play on a slot receiver who is pretty tight to the offensive tackle? My worries are he will fight with him too much/get too far upfield or try to rush inside and get pinned in. Do y'all have any specifics/pointers you give your guys in this position? We will soon be facing a spread team with a very dynamic running qb. He is going to put a lot of pressure on our dogs, and I'd like to have them coached up the best I can. Thanks for any and all help!

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Re: Dog Play vs Tight Slot
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2019, 10:18:53 AM »
Depends on what you mean by tight...

If you are talking Nasty Split, we would widen him slightly and have him do his job...if we are talking wider than Nasty, we would have him line up over top of him, and have him do his job...
None of them suck, they just haven't found what the kid is good at yet.

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Re: Dog Play vs Tight Slot
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2019, 10:39:38 AM »
Let me clarify. My original post was not worded the best.  Let's say 2x2 set. No tight end. Slot receiver who is off the line but probably only 5 yards outside OT. From what I have read, if the receivers are split wide the dogs do not honor them and play their regular alignment. But, if the receivers are tight he would line up on top of the slot guy/outside shoulder. From what I saw at practice, it is a tough spot for the dog. Do you just tell him to fight like crazy? Force runner inside? Spill? I was just curious if you guys with experience had any insight on the best way to get him to play it with confidence.

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Re: Dog Play vs Tight Slot
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2019, 11:55:16 AM »
Okay, the way I would do it...

5 yards to me is a slot...and if the bad guys can throw the ball, you have to honor him as a slot...so I would align him head up over him and have him do his job...read the backfield looking for high hat/low hat...and either attack the backfield or get into his zone....maintain outside leverage

If they are just trying to displace defenders, which from your original post it seem the case...then I play inside of the slot...adjust his stance so he is giving the slot his back...now the slot cannot legally block him...and have him attack the backfield to the heels of the deepest back....once again...maintaining outside leverage...

Teams that tried to "spread us out" by formation...we generally ignored if those wideouts were not a threat...we still send 8 against teams like that...and 5 can never block 8.
None of them suck, they just haven't found what the kid is good at yet.

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Re: Dog Play vs Tight Slot
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2019, 11:59:12 AM »
Okay...and seeing that you are coaching 8's I would ignore their spread until they show you that you cannot...chances are the QB's arm is not strong enough to hit the wideouts...and the wideouts aren't going to be able to catch, and like I said in my previous post...5 cannot block 8

With no tight ends, your outside stackers should be on the LOS, so you are going to have 2 defenders coming off the edge on both sides...and one of them will be unblocked...probably both of them, as the 8 year old tackles are tackles for a reason...the are big and slow, or small and unathletic...and likely not coached very well...
None of them suck, they just haven't found what the kid is good at yet.

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Re: Dog Play vs Tight Slot
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2019, 12:44:10 PM »
Thanks a lot for the input. This helps a ton. I should have thought to have the dog turn his back towards the receiver when he is attacking into the backfield. Makes sense and should really help him out. We have moved up to 9/10 year olds, but they will definitely have to show they can throw and catch under pressure before we adjust.

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Re: Dog Play vs Tight Slot
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2019, 12:49:00 PM »
5 cannot block 8

And that's math that works at any level.

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