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Defending the RPO with 3 Safety Personnel

Posted by Alex Kirby on

No play has annoyed and frustrated defensive coordinators more in the past decade than the run-pass option (RPO). The ability of the offense to seemingly always have an answer no matter what is one thing that a lot of coaches have struggled to find solutions for on the defensive side of the ball. Jacob Gill is the defensive coordinator at Shiloh Christian School in Arkansas, where the team has had a lot of success on defense, and as a team.  In this article we're going to be exploring concepts from Coach Gill's presentation on the 3-Safety Defense HERE. Watch the...

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Advantages of the 3 Safety Defense: Why We Converted

Posted by John Grayson on

Coach Gill and Shiloh Christian had an issue. The Saints had suffered a loss, a state championship loss. “We ran out of bullets,” he commented, “We were a 4 down, 2 high, middle of the field open, even spacing type of team.” Shiloh Christian, even with the loss, has won 8 football state titles. Their most recent title coming in 2020, so if they felt the need to adapt and look inward, I’m here to listen. This is just a small segment from a great video series Coach Gill put together on this whole process. See more video clips from...

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Building a Dime Defense by Using Your Base Rules

Posted by John Grayson on

One of your most important jobs as a coach is to make sure you're getting the most out of your players, and you can't do that if you're installing a scheme that asks them to do things they're not naturally good at. This is the problem that Coach Jacob Gill was facing when he was evaluating his own personnel at Shiloh Christian in Arkansas. He wanted the ability to add a 3rd safety to the field and create some different looks with a dime defense on third down, but wasn't sure about the best way to do it.  In this...

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