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The Tite 3-4 Defense: What You Need to Know

Posted by Alex Kirby on

Hey Coach, Tyler Manes is the defensive coordinator at Southwest Florida Christian Academy in Fort Myers, Florida.  He and I spent almost SIX HOURS going through everything you need to know about installing one of the most popular defensive schemes in the game today. Coach Manes has learned (and borrowed) from a lot of smart coaches and has adapted and simplified the Dave Aranda scheme for the high school level. I learned a TON going through this process, and I know you will too, so I wanted to share a few things I took from the clinic he put together....

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One Coverage that solves a TON of Problems

Posted by Alex Kirby on

If you could only play one coverage all game long, what would it be? Do you even have a coverage like that in your playbook? Do you have the rules and adjustments built in to the plan to handle everything you're gonna see from your opponent? For Coach Tyler Manes, the answer is simple: 2 Read In fact, because his kids are so good and so familiar with this coverage, he's able to do so many other things in the secondary, and at the end of the day, he feels comfortable knowing he can always come back to 2 read. Why does...

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BYU's Unique Wrinkle off the Jet Sweep Play

Posted by Alex Kirby on

One thing this offense does really well is present the defense with run game threats in multiple directions at the same time. It's not uncommon to see Zach Wilson carrying out multiple fakes one way and then the other when handing off the ball, or carrying out a play action fake, almost like he's playing QB in a Wing-T scheme.

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Nick Saban’s Alabama Pass Coverages

Posted by Cameron Soran on

Nick Saban’s success as defensively-minded head coach at Alabama is almost unparalleled. An official record of 218-62-1. Eleven SEC West titles. And, of course, six national championships. But perhaps what is equally impressive about his tenure at Alabama that his defenses have been consistently regarded as, if not the best, then at least top-5 in the country for ten straight seasons. It seems that no matter how many of players he loses to the draft or graduation, there is almost no drop off for the Alabama defense from one season to the next. And by all accounts, his defensive system...

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Clemson’s Brent Venables’ Base Defense

Posted by Cameron Soran on

If you were to poll members of the college football cognesceti who the best non-head coach defensive coordinators are in the game right now, you’d see a fairly short list. They would include guys like Bud Foster, Don Brown, and Dave Aranda. But probably the name that would come up most often is Brent Venables, Clemson’s defensive coordinator since 2012. Since taking up his post at Clemson, Venables’ defenses have ranked 34th, 12th, 1st, 6th, 6th, and 2nd in Bill Connelly’s Defensive S&P+ rankings. And he’s done that while losing about half of his starters every year – many to...

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