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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Post Coverage

There are two different families of coverage in football: MOFC and MOFO. MOFC stands for middle of the field is closed (cover 3 and cover 1). MOFO stands for middle of the field is open (cover 2 and cover 4). Teams have had great success with MOFO coverages, but at the high school level I believe MOFC coverages are more beneficial. I read a lot of material on Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks and they live in MOFC coverage. Cover 3 and 1 close the middle of the field and make a team complete lower percentage throws. You can also get 8 players in the box on every snap, which helps slow down the opponents' running game.

CLOSE THE MOF!!
We used a 4-2-5 defense for the majority of last season and played a TON of cover 3 and a little bit of cover 1. We will play cover 3 again this year and become masters of hiding the weaknesses (seam / flat). Cover 3 prevents the big play and it gives you optimal numbers in the box. Every coverage has its weaknesses, so you have to learn how to hide them. We will have change ups to keep the offense guessing but we will have a post safety to ensure that the QB cannot make the easiest throw in football.. the POST! 


Thursday, July 10, 2014

3-3-5 Defense

When I first became a defensive coordinator I used the 3-3 stack and it worked very well (see previous post), but I wanted to learn other defenses because I like to learn. So, for the last couple of years I have used the 3-4 and the 4-2-5 with good success! The 3-4 and the 4-2-5 are great defenses and I may run them in future years, but this year I am going back to the 3-3 stack for a number of reasons.

The first reason is because we have 3-3 personnel!!!! I believe that you must mold your defense around your personnel. As a DC, I must put my players in a position to make plays, and the 3-3 gives us the ability to put our best players on the field in a position that maximizes their ability.

The second reason is because the 3-3 is a SIMPLE defense that appears COMPLEX to an offense. The pre - snap look is identical on almost every snap, but we can bring 3,4,5 or 6 and play cover 3, cover 1 or cover 0 using the same pre - snap look.

Disguise is the KEY!!!
The third reason is because I have had the privilege to talk to some great defensive minds that run the 3-3. They have been very gracious to me and allowed me access to all of their cut - ups and playbooks. I would not be able to run the 3-3 without the help of these men (Dean Fabrizio and Sean Thom) and I am forever grateful to them! 

Thank you for reading my blog and I pray that the LORD will bless you as you go through this season. As always, please feel free to email me (zach.davis24@gmail.com) at anytime to talk ball!

Monday, July 7, 2014

KISS

When I first became a defensive coordinator during the 2011 football season, I had very little defensive knowledge. I played offensive line in college and I coached the offensive line for the 2 years that I had been out of college.

80 pounds ago...
So, I took the defense from where I had been coaching and transplanted it to my new school (my job was cut because of budget cuts at my first two schools.. fun!!) We were a 3-5-3 and we played a ton of country cover 3. Early on in the season I brought a lot of 5 man pressures and played cover 3 behind it and as the season went on we became more of a 4 man or 3 man pressure team (cover 3) because we became great at the fundamentals. We had really simple front and coverage adjustments that were easy on us and confusing to the offense. We also had good players because without good players, you cannot win a lot of games. 

We went on to finish 9-3, win the district, play in the regional final and give up less than 200 yards per game during the regular season with a defense that did not have a player who weighed over 180 pounds. We also did not have a home field and played every game on the road, which was INTERESTING.

We never tried to out think the other coach or run a gimmick defense. We played country cover 3 over 95% of our snaps and had a top 5 defense in the city of Jacksonville, FL!!! We became great at what we did and executed our game plan very well! 

You do not have to be Nick Saban to have a great defense. Coach what you know, demand excellence from your players, and good things will happen! Have a great rest of the summer and WIN THE DAY!!