My 4th grade pee wee football team ran variations of the 6-2 defense last season. To be honest, we should have stuck to our 7 Man Front Eagle Defense variation. But, my new defensive coordinator wanted to try the 6-2, and he had not heard of the Eagle 7, so we gave the 6-2 defense a shot. In most situations it works, but for teams that figured out our “C” gap was weak, we had to rely on our offense to score points. A double lead block run to the C gap with a guard trap on the D-End will kill you in a 6-2. We had a very tough time defending this play in our 6-2. Our two losses last season, both by 8 points or less, were from two teams that attacked our “C” gap. Below is our 6-2 Base Defense.
6-2 Defense – Base
To address our C gap weakness, we would move into a 6-2 Wide defensive formation, which moved the two linebackers into the C gaps. See below.
6-2 Wide Defense
I probably should have moved the D-tackles wider also to stunt the C Gap. But, I moved back into our Eagle 7 Defense, which plugged the strong C Gap hole with a big D-Tackle.
There are many types of blitzes you can run out of the 6-2 Defense with Linebackers and Defensive backs. I ran mainly LB /Lineman stack cross blitzes to the gaps or a Corner blitz to one side. I would also occasionally Blitz the safety up the middle.
I am not going to run the 6-2 defense in 2008. I am sticking with my Eagle 7 variations and testing out the Gap Air Mirror Defense for short yardage situations.
Good Luck this season.
Check out my new defense the 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense in this free youth football coaching video.
Or the the blog post https://coachparker.org/2016/05/18/62-multi-8-youth-football-defense/
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