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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Giants vs. Patriots 2012 Super Bowl

This is a really good film to see Tampa 2 in action. The Patriots played a lot of it versus the Giants. Here is the link:

4-3 Over Defense

This is going to be part one of a three part series on the 4-3 defense. I believe you win and lose football games in the trenches so it is only fitting that we start with the basic fronts of a 4-3 team. There are two fronts you can use in the traditional 4-3, over and under. There are slight differences between an over and under front but the biggest differences are the placement of the Sam linebacker and the 3 technique. However, this blog post will focus on the over front for the sake of simplicity. Below is an example of an over front:
The end aligned on the TE aligns in a 6 technique and is a C gap player. The tackle is in a 3 technique and is a B gap player. The nose is in a 1 technique and he is an A gap player. The open side end is in a 5 technique and he is a C gap player. The Will linebacker does not have a true gap assignment, but he is a lever player in this look, unless it is 3 sky or quarters then the Rover would be the force player. The Mike is a strong side A gap player who spills the football. The Sam is an open side B gap player who is a lever player. 

The most common coverages with the over front are quarters and cover 2. You could roll the Rover down into the box and slide the linebackers weak, but that would be more of a 4-4 look, not a 4-3 front. There are a plethora of ways to play quarters coverage and Joe Daniel has a great YouTube video describing his version. Here is the link for that YouTube video:

The other coverage that fits well with the 4-3 over front is cover 2. I believe that this front is perfect for running Tampa 2 because the Mike is protected by a 3 tech and a 1 tech, and not a lot of teams run strong side A gap Iso. Here is a link for a YouTube video that has some really good Tampa 2 cutups from the Chicago Bears:

Thank you for reading this article and may the LORD bless you as we enter summertime!!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Advice for Young Coaches

I am a young coach (28) and I have learned many valuable lessons from people who are much wiser than myself. I have been blessed to be able to work under some really smart and wise coaches who have poured their knowledge into me because they are great teachers! My advice for young coaches would be to listen to the older coaches who have been in the game for a long time and glean wisdom from them. 

We live in an era where young people think older / wiser people are outdated and out of touch with reality. When you turn on the TV or watch a movie you see authority figures being mocked, ridiculed and portrayed as if they are idiots. Watch one episode of Family Guy or the Simpsons and you will get my point.

But, if we are wise, we will listen to those who have more life experience and learn from their successes and failures. Football is a simple game that has been around for a long time, so there are not any new ideas.. just repackaged ideas. Therefore, please do not think you are the next football guru because you are doing something "someone has never done before". Someone probably has done it before and if you are doing something no one else does.. you probably aren't very good and will get exposed.

Upcoming 4-3 Post

I have coached the 3-3, 3-4 and 4-2-5 defenses but I have never coached a true 4-3 scheme. I am going to research the 4-3 and write a blog post that contains my findings. You can be sure it will be simple, sound and easy to teach. If you have any 4-3 material that would be helpful please email me at or Thank you for reading this post and God bless!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

2011 DB Drills Tape UGA

Here is the link to the 2011 DB Drills Tape for UGA:

Hope this drill tape makes you a better football team this upcoming season!!

Using Cover 2 with the 3-4 Defense

Here is the link to my new post on Strong Football:

Strong Football

I am a contributor to Strong Football and I highly recommend you visit that site to improve your football knowledge! If you visit my LinkedIn profile you will see links to the different articles I have written for 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tampa 2

This post will discuss the famous "Tampa 2" defense that was made popular by Tony Dungy and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defenses of the late 90's and early 2000's.

The Tampa 2 defense is one that relies on a slightly different version of the traditional cover 2. The corners are fade to flat players, the safeties are deep 1/2 players, the Sam and Will linebackers are seam players and the Mike is a deep run thru player (17 - 22 yards). Below is a diagram of Tampa 2:

You can see this concept online if you click on the following link: Pat N Go is a great website that has a plethora of playbooks and game film!!

Now, you can run Tampa 2 with a 4 down or a 3 down front and it can be a 4 man or 3 man rush call. At Liberty we played what was called "Okie Tony" as our base call and the Jack linebacker was the run - thru and the Mike played the low hole. This concept can also be played with dime personnel and the Jack linebacker is replaced with a defensive back. This concept is illustrated below:

Tampa 2 is a great coverage that has its strengths and weaknesses but it has stood the test of time. I read that Lovie Smith is going to run it down in Tampa Bay. Maybe they can party like it is 2002....

Must Read for a 3-4 Coach

I was an offensive lineman at Liberty University from 2006 - 2008 and I had the privilege of going against a 3-4 defense everyday in practice. Our 3-4 defense at Liberty based out of cover 2 and the front 2 gapped on the the majority of their snaps. Our head coach, Danny Rocco, was the assistant head coach at UVA and when I found this Virginia Playbook I was estatic!! It contains a lot of great information about the 3-4 and it is a must read for any coach who runs the 3-4. Enjoy!!

Why I Coach

All coaches must answer this question: Why do I coach? I am a high school football coach, so it is not for the money or for the fame. When I first started coaching, it was all about my ego and how well my players performed. Now, there is nothing wrong with taking pride in your players performance, but I am still learning to take my ego out of the equation.

I once had a friend tell me, "Players want to please their coach and are trying with all of their might to excel." It is important that I remember what it was like to be a player (offensive lineman) so I can effectively coach my players. Now, playing and coaching are very different and sometimes great players are not great coaches and vice versa. However, in order to be a great coach we must have empathy towards our players and remember what it was like to play the game.

Lastly, having empathy for our players does not mean we are "soft" as coaches. We must demand excellence out of our players if we truly care for them, and that requires hard work and discipline. It is a delicate balance between having empathy and demanding excellence, but it is necessary if we want to become great coaches.

Purpose of this Blog

The purpose of this blog is to share information that has been beneficial to me. I believe that there is no such thing as being a "football genius" because we all have stolen the information from other people. I believe that great coaches are "idea bandits" who stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us. I was an offensive lineman in college and now I am a defensive coordinator at the high school level, so I have stolen all of my defensive knowledge from people who are a lot smarter than myself.

I can be reached at or send a tweet to zachdavis24. Please feel free to contact me at anytime with questions or comments. Thank you for reading my initial post and I promise you I will be posting often!!