The book details how to play the 46 (Bear) at the professional / collegiate level, but as a high school coach I will only use bits and pieces of the book.
|It was hard to move the ball on the 85 Bears|
High school football is unique because we cannot recruit our players and we must adapt our scheme to fit our players on a year to year basis. Some teams deploy a Bear front out of a 3-3 stack defense, and some use 3-4 personnel.
The base coverage for the Bear front is cover 1, and that is what fits best with this scheme. If I am going to use a Bear front, then we are going to send at least 5 players and cover with 6 or 5. I believe that you can bring up to 6 with the Bear front and play soft zero in the secondary. Even if the running back pops through the LOS or a DB misses a tackle, you can still get the ball carrier down because the defenders are in off - man so they can see the throw / running back.
The Nose plays a 2 gap technique and the two Ends are in 3 techniques (B gap players). This allows the Mike and Will to keep their depth and scrape to make plays. The weak - side end is a C gap player who forces the ball inside to the Will. The strong -side end is a D gap player who will force the ball inside to the Mike or the walked down Strong Safety.
The Mike and Will combo the backs, so they read through the Guards to the back nearest them for their run / pass read. The secondary plays cover 1 or 0 if you want to blitz the Strong Safety, Mike or Will to get a 6 man pressure.
The Bear front is not complex, but it can give the defense an advantage because of the 8 man box and man coverage in the secondary. Hope you enjoyed this post and if you have any 46 material that has been beneficial to you, please send it my way!! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.. God bless!