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Saturday, June 7, 2014

3rd Down Defense

There are different philosophies on 3rd down defense, and good coaches will disagree on how it should be addressed. Some coaches want to use a sub package and a specific list of calls that they run on third down. Others run their base package and may have a wrinkle or two for each opponent.

We are in the age of up tempo offense and it is REALLY hard to substitute personnel on third down because an offense is going to push the tempo when they see you trying to put your nickle / dime personnel on the field. If the offense is not going up tempo and you have a nickle / dime package, there is nothing wrong with putting your nickle / dime package on the field. I coach at a school where there are 400 kids in the high school, so we don't have nickle or dime personnel because we are trying to get the best 11 on the field with our base defense.

 You should have a list of calls based on down and distance and the opponents tendencies on third down (short, medium, and long). You must educate your players about their favorite plays on third and short, medium and long. I suggest that you input the down and distance information into Hudl and run reports based on down and distance, which will save you a lot of time because Hudl does all of the calculations!

Lastly, if anyone wants a PowerPoint containing some really good third down defensive schemes shoot an email to and I will send it to you. Thank you for reading my blog and may the LORD bless you!
Get off the field on 3rd down

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