After being focused on offense the last two seasons and reading Football Principals and Play by David Nelson, I assigned myself the Defensive Coordinator role this season, so I would focus my efforts on Defense for my tackle pee wee football team.  Coach Nelson is right, if your opponent doesn’t score, you can’t lose.  And as many youth football coaches have learned, defense is easier to teach than offense.  My goal is to go undefeated this season, by implementing a sound defensive strategy.  We had a top 6 defense last year in our league based on total points allowed, but I want to be number one this season.

This off season I have read several books on defense, Coaching Youth Football by Reed, Football Principals and Play, Winning Youth Footballby Cisar, The Complete Guide to Installing the 44 Split Defenseby Roman and countless articles in American Football Monthly and youth football websites.  After much research, I am going to use the 6-2 Wide tackle defense as my base youth defensive formation.  I ran this last year as a variation to my base 6-2, but after reading and watching Coach Cisar’s book and video, I think the 6-2 wide tackle should be my base and move to a 6-2 Tight formation in short yardage situations.   The 6-2 is also easy to move into 4-4 and Gap 8 Defensive formations for pass and Goal line situations.

In my new 6-2 base defense, the defensive tackles will align in the C Gap just inside the Tight Ends shoulder pads.  This will give the D-tackle a great attack angle to beat the O-tackle into the C Gap.  I want the D-tackle to blow past the offensive tackle and be behind the O-tackle before the play develops.  I am thinking about using skill players as d-tackles upright in a two point stance to take advantage of their quickness.  Most youth offensive lineman will stand straight up before moving forward to block, so we should be by them as they are standing straight up to block air.  Since most youth offenses run Gap On Down or Angle blocking schemes this might give us advantage to bull rush the gap, because the O-tackle should be worrying about the B Gap.  We should be past the Tight end before he can get an angle block on us to the inside and thus free up our D-End for contain.  Yes, this will put a lot of pressure on my two linebackers in the B gap, but I have two very strong LBs.  Plus I am hoping the D-tackles can make B gap tackles if they are able to blow into the C Gap and scrape down for B Gap runs.   Here’s what it will look like.

6-2 Base Defense – Wide Tackle

Wide Tackle 62

So what do you think?  Let me know.  Have a great season!

Update 6/7/16

Check out my new video on the 62 Defense that I run.

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76 thoughts on “6-2 Defense for Youth Football

  1. I USED THE WIDE TACKLE 6 D LAST YEAR AND IT WAS VERY SUCCESFUL FOR OUR TEAM. THIS D REALLY CONFUSED THE O LINE IN THE SENSE THAT THE GAURDS DID NOT KNOW WHO TO BLOCK, THE TACKLES ALWAYS WENT OUT WIDE TO BLOCK OUR TACKLES WITCH THEN LEFT OPEN GAPS FOR MY LB’S AND OR SAFTY TO BLITZ. I WOULD PUT MY MIDDLE LB ON THE LINE TO BLITZ THE A GAP FLIP FLOP AS NEEDED. IT WORKED WELL THE 5-3 AND DIAMOND 7 D’S WORK WELL ALSO.

  2. the 6-2 wide tackle is working great for us. I have the NG’s in 2 techniques, the DT’s on inside shoulder of TE, DE’s two yards outside of TE, LB’s 3 yards off over the OT’s with B gap responsibility. My weakest players seem to be the DT’s and the FS and we’re still smoking them. I love this defense, it’s simple and easy to coach. I’ve got a few blitzes that I rarely call because we don’t need to. I’m very fortunate this year to have the kids we have!

  3. My experience with the 6-2 is almost 100% similar with Mike. We are dominating at he 5th grade level. Our guys only play on one side, so our talent is stretched a little, we to are hiding players at the DT’s and FS positions, yet no one has been able to run against us all year long. Our LB’s and corners have to be five yards off the line, so the B gap can be a concern, however we have very strong NG’s so it hasn’t been a problem yet. Easy D to teach and we are able to stunt our NG’s and DT’s (which they just love to do) quite a bit which really confuses the OL.

  4. We used this defense this year and had 5 shutouts in 7 games. We were undersized on our line and our speed was about middle of the road in our league. We put our weakest players at NG and had them bear crawl through the A gaps. This occupied the C and both Gs and created a pile that completely shut down those gaps. Our weakness was that our ends tended to be undisciplined and were susceptable to reverses and superior speed by the RBs. To make this defense work well you need two talented DEs that stay home and two aggressive LBs that flow well. I found that I usually put the S at the same depth as the LBs and acted as a third LB. When we had the S play deep, they were not very effective because they did not read the play fast enough to contribute. Moving them close to LOS had them involved much more.

  5. Our Pee-Wee League requires headup alignment with no gap alignment. Does the “Wide Tackle 6” work with this or would you recommend something different. I used the “Wide Tackle 6” last year and it seemed to work OK

    1. Chris,

      The original WT-6 as designed by Bud Wilkinson of Oklahoma in the 1950s DOES have the “Nose Guards” aligned OVER the offensive guards in a 2 Technique. So, yes this defense is ACTUALLY designed to work with NO gap alignment by the D-linemen!

    2. Chris,
      You can use this D with heads up alignments. This could allow your players to slam into the A or B gaps for interior line and B or C for exterior. This will give your DT’s an advantage over playing in the GAP. As long as your LB’s know their responsibilities it works great.

      Coach Sully

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