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Angle Tackling Drill Youth Football Defense

This season I have been using this Angle Tackling drill for my youth football team at almost every practice, especially for Outside Linebackers, Defensive Ends, Corner Backs, Free Safeties and Inside Linebackers.  The drill is also great for tail backs to practice the sweep and cut back sweeps, and the RBs use of speed and the stiff arm.

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Angle Tackling Drill

The coach pitches the ball to the tail back and the two defensive players play contain  and or make angle tackles.  Our youth football players love this defensive drill.


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Defensive Strategy – Youth Football

So here is my youth football defensive strategy plan for 2010

1. Stop the run, interrupt the pass.
2. Attack the Offense with Multiple looks
3. Dictate game flow
4. Scout scout scout
5. Equalize strength
6. Communicate and say again.

My defensive team will be called the Wolf Pack this season. Wolves communicate, hunt and kill prey together. As a defense we will play like Wolves attacking their prey.

Play for Fun and Winning is Funner.

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Defense – Blitz and Stunt Blitzkrieg

Another youth football coach and I were emailing each other recently about the Spin offense and he asked me about what defense I use for my Pee Wee football team.  I told him that we run a 6-2 Wide Defense as our base defense, and we have 20 different blitzes, stunts and adjustments packages.  The coach could not believe we have so many blitzes and stunts. 

My 6th grade little league football team has been together for three years, and we have developed and learned these blitz packages over that time.  In the 6-2 Wide package, the DG have A gaps, DTs have C gaps, DE contain and LBs are responsible for the B gaps.  In the 6-2 tight, the gap responsibilities flip for the LBs and DTs. 

Here’s a quick list of our Blitzkrieg out of these two 6-2 schemes.

  Name Defense Blitz / Stunt Responsibilities
1 Base 6-2 Wide DTs C gap, LBs B gap
2 Rabbit 6-2 Tight DTs B gap, LBs C gap
3 Air 5-2 Pass DG sub for SS, DG to NG
4 Cobra (R/L) 6-2 Wide LB blitz C, DT to B, DG to B
5 Bomber (R/L) 6-2 Wide LB blitz B gap
6 Maniac 6-2 Wide WLB blitz A gap, DG to B
7 Maniac Twins 6-2 Wide Both LBs to A Gaps, DGs to B
8 Tango 6-2 Tight Both LBs Blitz each Sweep Lane, DEs to C/D
9 Double Whopper 6-2 Tight Both LBs Blitz D (strong or weak side call)
10 Crazy 6-2 Wide CB blitz from outside in sweep lanes
11 Crazy Too 6-2 Wide Both CBs Blitz from outside in sweep lanes
12 Snake 6-2 Wide Safety Blitz A Gap
13 Raider 6-2 Wide All out gap blitz except Safety
14 Stack 6-2 Wide LBs stack behind DTs, tap DT butt for blitz hole
15 Jewel Protect 6-2 Tight LBs blitz C Gaps
16 Slant 6-2 D-line slants to call
17 Rover 6-2 WLB blitz gap call
18 Mike 6-2 MLB blitz gap call
19 OK 6-2 Tight DE, CB, WLB blitz D / sweep lane
20 Double Cross 6-2 Tight LBs and DEs flip responsibilities
21 Gap 4 6-2 Wide LB to D, DE to C, DT to B, DG to A
22 Dog Cross 6-2 Wide WLB – A, DG – B, DT – D, DE – C, CB – Contain

We run man coverage and if it is an obvious pass formation and play, the blitz will be called off if the CB or Safety are involved in the blitz call. 

This may seem like a lot.  But I looked over my offense last year and we had 30 plays.  Why should defense be any different?  The kids were able to pick up the defense pretty easy.  But I did learn, that I could not call a double blitz like Crazy Left and Cobra Right.  They were unable to process a double blitz.  I also tried to combine blitzes into one call and they hit overload.  In the blitzes above there is one main blitzer, either the LBs, DEs or DBs.  I am hoping the DT and DG just stuff the line and let my playmakers make the plays.  So, even though this seems like a lot.  I am really hoping the playmaker I move makes the tackle. 

Also, this has worked for us because my players learned that if you do your responsibility in a Blitz you make a huge tackle.  They started telling me what blitzes to run at the end of the season.  And you know, they were right most of the time. 

Also, we do not run all 20 in a game.  Base on our scouting, we will practice and review 5 or so packages.  We also did not install all 20 at once.  We ran 10 of these over the last two years and added more this year.  We installed one or two new blitzes each week based on the scouted offense. 

One of the best memories of this defensive season was when I overheard a coach that we just beat telling a group of other coaches scouting another game that we play sand lot defense.  He said our players were all over the place.  He could not tell what defense we were running.  We had a top 3 defense in our league.   I love it. 

I have written before about expectations.  If you set high expectations or goals you can always move back.  I set high expectations this year and learned the back off point on defense but we still learned more than I really anticipated. 

Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!


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Every Defense has a Weakness

I have been receiving many emails about youth football defenses.  And many of the emails ask about specific weaknesses of the 6-2 and 7 Diamond Defenses.  Like most things in life, one size does not fit all. 

Every defense has a chink in its armour.  If the offense finds this weakness then you must adjust and do it quickly.  I learned my lesson last year against a really good Highlands Ranch Colorado team.  They ran to the C gap just about every play and beat us by one TD.  If I could have adjusted my defense, we would have won that game easily. 

So this year, I run the 6-2 Wide and 6-2 Tight Defenses as my base defenses.  If I have a team that runs wide and does not have a good power game, I start with the 6-2 Wide.  If the team has a good power game up the middle I run the 6-2 Tight with my Big D-Tackles over the B gaps.  From these two base defenses I have 20 stunts, blitzes and pass coverage calls.  I can attack just about any gap with these calls to adjust for my defensive weakness on a specific play. 

We beat a team the other day, and we then saw the coach scouting another game that we were also scouting.  We heard him say to another coaching staff that we played sandlot defense.  He commented that we were all over the field, and they did not know whom to block.  We shut his team down in the second half and they did not score.  I guess this is sand lot football.  Or better yet, smart football. 

Out of the two base defenses, I can adjust into multiple defenses.  And what’s amazing is that my 5th grade players can make these adjustments and remember all the hand signals.  Expect more and you will see the benefits.

So coaches, don’t settle on one defense.  You don’t run just one play on offense.  Find one or two good base defensive fronts and develop stunts and blitzes to overcome your potential weaknesses.

Good luck this season.  Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!

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