I find it interesting that defensive coaches say they are a 3-3, 4-2-5, 4-3, 46 "guys" and they do not run anything but their style of defense. I philosophically disagree with that outlook of coaching at the high school level. We must adapt our scheme to fit our personnel because we cannot recruit our players or sign them to a contract. In my opinion, we must remain flexible with our defensive scheme so we can fit the scheme to the talents of our players. I have changed defensive schemes in the middle of a season and we went to the state championship game! Do not be afraid to change your scheme if it is needed!
|Do you have the personnel for an odd front?|
I am not married to any defensive system, but I totally believe in playing man to man coverage regardless of the scheme. We will use a majority of cover 1 and cover 0 to take away the run / pass conflict for our players, which allows them to play FAST!! The fronts we use will change year to year based on the number of defensive linemen and linebackers. There are some great coaches that love zone coverage and they have won a lot of games with it. That works for them, and I love the fact that they have a philosophy and they stick to it. That being said, I am a man to man guy for a number of reasons:
1. No run / pass conflict
2. Simple teaching (You have that DUDE)
3. The offense cannot overload you
4. Sets the tone for your program
5. Takes away space
|Do you have the personnel for and even front?|
I have an upcoming podcast that will discuss this issue and it will be on buzzsprout.com and iTunes in 5 days! Thank you for reading!