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1 2006 Mass Mutiny Defensive Playbook All Rights Reserved 2006 Mass Mutiny Defensive Playbook

2 LELTMBRTRE LB SS LCFSRCRB LOS

3 Numbering System for the Linemen The defensive positions (and their corresponding techniques) on the line of scrimmage are numbered. The head of the center is 0, and the other positions are numbered 1 through 9 on each side of the center. Even numbers are head-up techniques and odd numbers are shade or gap techniques. The overall philosophy on the line of scrimmage is gap control. That is, no matter what defensive alignment we are in, each gap will be accounted for on the snap of the ball. BASIC NUMBERING SYSTEM TGCGT TE

4 Tackles 2 Technique - Head up on the Guard 3 Technique - Outside shade of the guard 4 Technique - Head up on the tackle 5 Technique - Outside shade of the tackle TGCGT TE

5 The Nose Tackle 0 Technique - Head up on center 1 Technique - Shade - Outside shoulder of the center to the tight end side 1 Technique - Slide - Outside shoulder of the center to the weak side 2 Technique - Over - Head up the guard to the tight end side 2 Technique - Under - Head up the guard to the weak side TGCGT 22 TE 011

6 The Ends The ends will have a little more to learn because of their play vs. splits, spreads, strong side and weak side techniques. The ends, like the linebackers and the defensive secondary, have both run and perimeter coverage responsibilities, which includes pass coverage on certain occasions. 6 Technique - Head up the TE or in the case of a slot formation, head up the Slot 7 Technique - Inside shade of the end 8 Contain - 2 yards outside the tight end on the strong side, or 2 yards outside the tackle on the weak side. 8 Walk Away - The end splits the difference between the split end and the weak side tackle then positions himself 3 yards off the ball, and should be in a position where he can see the split end and the quarterback in a triangle effect 8 Walk Out - The end plays on the inside shade of the split end, 4 yards off the ball 8 Stack - The end lines up behind the defensive tackle to the weak side 9 Read Technique - Outside shade of the tight end

7 The Ends TGCGTTE

8 The Linebackers The techniques are the same as those of the down linemen; however, a 30-technique is on the outside shade of the offensive guard, 3 yards off the ball; a 50-technique is on the outside shade of the offensive tackle, 3 yards off the ball, and so on with all the numbers along the line of scrimmage. TGCGT TE Technique - Head up the Center 20 Technique - Head up the Guard 40 Technique - Head up the Tackle 60 Technique - Head up the Tight End

9 10 Technique - Inside shade of the guard 30 Technique - Outside shade of the guard 50 Technique - Outside shade of the tackle 70 Technique - Inside shade of the tight end TGCGT TE The Linebackers The linebacker’s first responsibility is gap control; he must cover the gap vacated by the down lineman. If, for instance, the tackle is in a 5-technique, the linebacker will be in a 30-technique. If the tackle is in a 3-technique, the linebacker will be in a 50-technique. If the linebacker calls a stunt, such as a 3-fire, he will stack behind the tackle in a 40- technique and protect the 3-gap on the snap of the ball. The tackle will charge up on the 5-gap when the ball is snapped.

10 The defensive backs, corners, strong safety and free safety will set their secondary coverage by the use of color calls. The color calls will also affect the play of the ends and linebackers. The Defensive Backs ColorTerminologyDescription RedCover 3 4 Under 3 Deep Zone WhiteCover 2 5 Under 2 Deep Zone Blue : Cloud, Sky, PreventCover 4 4 Across, Cloud, Sky, Quarters GreenCover 1 or Man Free Man to Man with Free Safety BlackCover 2 Man or 2 Lock 5 Under Man 2 Deep Zone

11 STUNTING Fire- Linebackers Crash-Ends Thunder-Corners Blitz-Free Safety Storm-strong safety

12 LINE TECHNIQUES: ALIGNMENT, STANCE, KEYS, RESPONSIBILITIES A. GET OFF ON BALL MOVEMENT 1. Proper stance 2. Reaction to initial movement B. NEUTRALIZE THE BLOCKER 1. Hands on the blockers numbers, extend and lock the arms, get your hands under and inside the blockers hands. 2. Establish a new line of scrimmage on the offensive side of the ball. 3. Use Shoulder-forearm shiver-to blockers numbers, opposite hand on the shoulder pad vs. isolation block, pulling guards, etc. C. SHED THE BLOCKER 1. Get the blocker turned (turn his shoulders) 2. Play off the blocker

13 D. PURSUE OR CHASE 1. Locate ball, pursue or chase depending on responsibilities 2. Pursue with proper angle to the ball. 3. Chase as deep as the ball E. PASS RUSH PRINCIPLES. 1. Get to the pass blocker quickly, hands under his hands, get him turned 2. Work on half man 3. Keep feet moving, accelerate feet on contact, 2nd effort on pass rush 4. Reaction after pass is thrown F. TACKLING 1. Proper hitting position – chest to chest percent skill, 80 percent heart 3. Run through the ball carrier

14 The Nose Tackle 0 Technique 1 Technique Shade 1 Technique Slide 2 Technique Over 2 Technique Under

15 O TECHNIQUE Alignment: Head up the center; crowd the ball. Stance: 3-point stance, weight forward, one hand down, other hand in front of knee Key: Ball RUN RESPONSIBILITIES The Nose Tackle (NT) is responsible for the strong side A gap and the weak side A gap. The object is to drive the center back using the hands technique on the centers numbers and establish a new line of scrimmage. The NT must be conscious of the guards on either side of the center. A. Vs. Drive Block. (Center fires straight out) 1. The nose tackle must neutralize the center charge with the use of hands while staying square and establishing a new the line of scrimmage. 2. The NT is responsible for plays to the A gap on either side of the center B. Vs. Scoop Block. (Center blocks the linebacker, Guard blocks the nose tackle) 1. The nose tackle must not let the center off on the linebacker. C. Vs. Double Team. (Center post blocks, the guard blocks down) 1. The nose tackle uses a hand technique on the centers numbers and drives him back 2. The NT works up field to stop the block of the guard. The nose tackle cannot be driven off the line of scrimmage

16 PASS RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Drop-Back Pass. (The center drops back to pass block) 1. The nose tackle gets his hands on the centers numbers and drives him back in the direction he is going and tries to get him turned 2. The NT takes an A gap pass rush. O TECHNIQUE B. Vs. Play-Action Pass. (The center blocks as in a dive play) 1. The nose tackle gets his hands on the center quickly, and plays the run first, protecting both A gaps. 2. Once the threat of the run is gone, the NT takes an inside rush to the passer.

17 1- SHADE TECHNIQUE Alignment: Outside half of the center to the strong side Technique: 1 Stance: 3-point stance, weight forward, one hand down, other hand in front of knee Key: Ball RUN RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Drive Block. (The center fires out) 1. The nose tackle gets his hands on the center, stays square and protects the strong side A gap 2. On flow away, the NT crosses the center’s head and pursues down line. B. Vs. Cut-Off Block. (The center tries to reach block) 1. The nose tackle controls the center with his hands technique 2. NT squares and works up field through the strong side A gap C. Vs. Double Team Block. (The center post blocks, the guard blocks down) 1. The nose tackle steps into the center with the right foot using his hands technique 2. The NT works up field to stop the block of the guard. The NT cannot be driven off the line of scrimmage D Vs. G-Pull. (The guard pulls across the center and the center blocks away) 1. The nose tackle get his hands on the center as he blocks away. 2. The NT “squeezes” the A gap and fights the pressure of the pulling guard

18 PASS RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Drop-Back. (The center sets up to pass protect) 1. The nose tackle gets his hands on the centers numbers, knocks him off the LOS 2. NT uses an inside pass rush technique up strong side A gap to the quarterback. B. Vs. QB action right or left (The center uses a reach block to the strong side A gap) 1. The nose tackle controls the center with his hands 2. NT checks for a draw play, then chases from the inside, as deep as the ball. C. Vs. Quick Pass. (The center dive blocks) 1. The nose tackle gets his hands on the center quickly and tries to drive him back into the quarterback 2. NT gets his hands up into the quarterbacks face 1- SHADE TECHNIQUE

19 1-SLIDE TECHNIQUE Alignment: Outside half of the center to the weak side Stance: 3-point stance, weight forward, one hand down, other hand in front of knee Key: Center’s head RUN RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Dive Block. (The guard blocks down on the nose tackle) 1. The nose tackle uses a shoulder-forearm rip and controls the guard 2. NT keeps inside hand free to the weak side A-gap. B. Vs. Cut-Off Block. (The Center tries to cut off the nose tackle) 1. The nose tackle neutralizes the center with his hands technique 2. NT keeps square and protects the off side A gap. C. Vs. G-Pull. (The Center blocks away, guard pulls to the outside, tackle blocks down) 1. The nose tackle gets his hands on the tackle and neutralizes his block 2. NT works flat down the line of scrimmage, look for cutback.

20 PASS RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Drop Back Pass. (The guard sets up in pass protection) 1. The nose tackle uses a pass rush technique and rushes up the weak side A-gap. B. QB Action To or Away 1. The nose tackle controls the Guard with his hands 2. NT checks for a draw play, then chases from the inside, as deep as the ball. 1-SLIDE TECHNIQUE

21 2 TECHNIQUE Alignment: Head up the guard, 6 inches off the ball Stance: 3-point, slight stagger Key: Guard’s head RUN RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Dive Block. (The guard fires straight out) 1. The 2 Technique neutralizes the offensive guard’s charge by getting his hands on his numbers, arms extended. 2. The 2 Tech protects BOTH the A and B gap B. Vs. “X” Block. (The tackle blocks down on the 2-tech, the guard pulls behind tackle) 1. The 2 technique uses his hands to stay under the tackle, and protects the B-gap. C. Vs. Trap Block. (The center blocks out on the 2-tech, guard pulls behind the center to trap) 1. The 2-tech uses his hands to squeeze center back into the A gap and get across the center’s head to help shut down the trap play. UNDER AND OVER TECHNIQUES The nose tackle plays a 2 technique to the strong side if the word UNDER is added to the call. The nose tackle plays a 2 technique to the weak side if the word OVER is added to the call

22 PASS RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Drop-Back Pass. (The guard sets up to pass block) 1. On a definite pass situation, the 2-tech should be in a bunched stance, i.e. weight forward, butt high. On movement the 2 tech must get his hands on the blockers number, with arms extended, and try to drive the blocker back into the passer. 2. The 2 tech is responsible for draw plays up the A and B gap. 2 TECHNIQUE

23 The Tackles 2 Technique 3 Technique 4 Technique 4 Slant Technique 5 Technique

24 2 TECHNIQUE Alignment: Head up the guard, 6 inches off the ball Stance: 3-point, slight stagger Key: Guard’s head RUN RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Dive Block. (The guard fires straight out) 1. The 2 Technique neutralizes the offensive guard’s charge by getting his hands on his numbers, arms extended. 2. The 2 Tech protects BOTH the A and B gap B. Vs. “X” Block. (The tackle blocks down on the 2-tech, the guard pulls behind tackle) 1. The 2 technique uses his hands to stay under the tackle, and protects the B-gap. C. Vs. Trap Block. (The center blocks out on the 2-tech, guard pulls behind the center to trap) 1. The 2-tech uses his hands to squeeze center back into the A gap and get across the center’s head to help shut down the trap play.

25 PASS RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Drop-Back Pass. (The guard sets up to pass block) 1. On a definite pass situation, the 2-tech should be in a bunched stance, i.e. weight forward, butt high. On movement the 2 tech must get his hands on the blockers number, with arms extended, and try to drive the blocker back into the passer. 2. The 2 tech is responsible for draw plays up the A and B gap. 2 TECHNIQUE

26 3- TECHNIQUE Alignment: Outside shade of the offensive guard Stance: 3 point, weight forward Key: Guard RUN RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Dive Block. (The guard fires out at the 3 man) 1. The 3-tech controls the guard with his hands technique, keeping him on L.O.S. 2. The 3-tech plays the B - Gap B. Vs Trap Block. (The onside guard blocks the linebacker, the offside guard traps the 3 tech) 1. The 3-tech get his hands on the guard and tries to keep him off the linebacker. 2. When the off guard shows, the 3 tech attacks him with a shoulder-forearm lift closing down the hole C. Vs. Guard-Pull to the Outside. (The guard pulls to the outside) 1. The 3-tech get as much of the guard as possible, then looks inside for trap while feeling pressure from tackle. 2. The 3-tech attacks trap if it shows as explained above or steps back into the tackle with using his hands on the tackle, trying to work across his face to the ball carrier.

27 PASS RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Drop-Back Pass. (The guard sets up in pass protection) 1. The 3 tech must get his hands on the pass blocker as quickly as possible, trying to turn him as he is setting up to block 2. The 3 tech should have a direct line to the passer. 3. The 3 tech must be conscious of a draw play up the A gap B. Vs. Action toward. (The guard slide blocks to the outside to pass protect) 1. The 3-tech uses the same technique as above. 2. The direction of the pass rush is adjusted based on the direction of the QB C Vs. Action away. (The guard uses a backside hinge block technique, i.e. he steps to the inside to cover the A gap, then turns out and protects the B gap) 1. The 3 tech should get his hands on the guard as soon as possible and chase the passer as deep as the ball. 2. Alternate technique is to come “underneath hinge block”. This is effective vs cutbacks, particularly on Sprint and Lead Draw plays. 3- TECHNIQUE 3-GO TECHNIQUEAlignment: Guard-tackle gap. Pass rush all the way

28 4-TECHNIQUE Alignment: Head up the offensive tackle, take all the ball Stance: 3 -point stance with inside foot staggered back, weight forward Key: Tackle’s head RUN RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Dive Block. (The tackle fires straight out) 1. The 4-Technique steps with his inside foot to neutralize the tackle. Protect the C-gap. B. Vs. Over Block. (The tackle hooks the 4-man) 1. The 4-Tech must get his hands on the tackle quickly and work across his head. 2. Get up field. 3. Protect the C-gap. C. Vs. Down Block. (The tackle blocks down to the inside) 1. The 4-Technique gets his hands on the tackle 2. Work across the tackle’s face 3. Keeps outside arm free 4. Squeeze the B gap, protect the C-gap.

29 D. Vs. Double Team Block. (The tight end doubles with the offensive tackle) 1. The 4-Technique gets leverage by getting his hands on the tackle’s numbers, then work to the outside to fight the pressure of the end. 2. The 4 Tech should try to split the gap and protect the C-gap. 3. The 4-tech must control the line of scrimmage. E. Vs. Tackle Pull Away. (The tackle pulls to the outside, the tight end blocks down) 1. The 4-Technique must step into the tight end get his hands on the ends numbers 2. The 4-tech must fight pressure from the tight end and control the C-gap RUN RESPONSIBILITIES 4-TECHNIQUE

30 PASS RESPONSIBILITIES 1. The play of the 9 or 8 technique end will affect the 4 tech’s pass rush. If the ends are dropping into pass coverage, the 4-tech has outside containment and rushes from the C gap. If the ends have containment, then the 4 tech can pass rush up the B gap. 4-TECHNIQUE

31 4-SLANT TECHNIQUE Alignment: Head up the tackle, six inches off the ball Stance: 3-point stance, slight stagger, weight on the outside foot Key: Ball RUN RESPONSIBILITIES 1. The 4-tech takes a flat step toward the line of scrimmage in the direction with his inside foot. He then steps up the B gap with the outside foot and slants in the direction of the centers heels, and works up field. 2. The 4 tech takes on any blocker with a forearm shoulder lift (arm rip) technique. 3. The 4-tech cannot get cut off by the tackle

32 4-SLANT TECHNIQUE PASS RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Drop-Back or Quarter back action toward. (The tackle sets up in pass protection) 1. The 4-tech uses a slant technique and pass rushes up the B gap to the quarterback. B. Vs. Quarterback Away. (Quarterback sprints or rolls away) 1. The 4-tech uses the slant technique and pursues the quarterback, as deep as the ball.

33 5-TECHNIQUE Alignment: Outside shade of the offensive tackle, 6 inches off the ball Stance: 3-point, slight stagger, inside foot back, weight balanced Key: Head of the tackle RUN RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Dive Block. (The offensive tackle fires straight out) 1. The 5-tech, steps with his inside foot, gets his hands on the tackle and controls him 2. The 5 tech keeps his outside arm free to control the line of scrimmage B. Vs. Down Block. (The offensive tackle blocks to the inside) 1. The 5-tech jams the tackle with his hands and stays square to the L.O.S. 2. On flow toward, the 5 tech controls the C gap. 3. On flow away, chase as deep as the ball C. Vs. Double Team Block. (The tackle post blocks; the end down blocks) 1. The 5-tech steps into the tackle with his inside foot and works up field 2. When he feels the pressure from the outside, he drop steps out with his outside foot, drops inside shoulder and tries to break double team by penetrating into the C-gap D. Vs. Tackle Pull. (The end blocks down, the tackle pulls to the outside) 1. The 5 tech steps with his outside foot, and neutralizes the block of the end. 2. The 5 tech keeps his inside arm free, and protects the C gap.

34 PASS RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Drop-Back. (The tackle sets up in the pass protection) 1. The 5-tech attacks the numbers of the tackle, and rushes passer from the outside. Can use a swim, rip or bull-rush pass technique 2. The 5-tech has contain. B. Vs. Action toward. (The offensive linemen slide to the outside to pass protect) 1. The 5-tech uses his extended arms and hands under the tackles to get up field 2. The 5 tech maintains outside leverage as he gets up field to the quarterback. 3. The 5 tech has contain C. Vs. Action away. (The offensive linemen “hinge” block) 1. The 5 tech gets his hands on the tackle and takes an outside contain pass rush. 2. The 5 tech rushes the passer as deep as the ball. 5-TECHNIQUE

35 The Ends 6 Technique 7 Technique 8 Contain 8 Walk Away 8 Walk Out 8 Stack 9 Read Technique *5 Eagle Technique*

36 6-TECHNIQUE Alignment: Head up the tight end, as close to the line as possible. Stance: 2-point stance, knees bent, in a good football position, ready to move either way Key: Tight end RUN RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Dive Block. (The offensive end fires straight out) 1. The 6-tech steps with the inside foot, using a hands technique to the offensive ends numbers controlling the end on the line of scrimmage. 2. The 6 tech is responsible for the C-gap.. B. Vs. Down Block. (The end blocks down on the linebacker) 1. The 6-tech steps with the inside foot and jams the tight end keeping the blocker off the linebacker. 2. After the jam, the 6-tech looks to the inside for a pulling guard, or a kick out block by the near back or fullback. 3. The 6 tech takes on the block using a shoulder-forearm technique.

37 C. Vs. Tight End Release. (The tight end releases to the outside) 1. The 6-tech takes a short step to the outside, and jams the end 2. The 6 tech steps back to the inside to protect the C gap or rush the passer D. Vs. the Cut-Off. (The tight end attempts to gain an inside-out position on the 6-tech) 1. The 6-tech steps with his inside foot and delivers a blow with his hands to the offensive ends numbers 2. The 6-tech squeezes the C gap and reacts to the ball RUN RESPONSIBILITIES 6-TECHNIQUE

38 PASS RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Drop-Back Pass or quarterback toward. 1. The 6-tech jams the end and has contain rush on drop back or sprint toward B Vs. Action away. (The quarterback sprints or rolls away) 1. The 6-tech trails as deep as the ball.

39 7 TECHNIQUE Alignment: Inside shade of the tight end Stance: 2-point stance, one yard off the ball Key: Tight end RUN RESPONSIBILITIES A. Tight end blocks down 1. On the TE’s movement, the 7-tech will strike a blow to the inside number of the tight end. 2. If the 7-tech feels pressure from the tight end, he will fight back into the pressure. 3. If the 7-tech cannot defeat the tight end, he will fight to the outside and try to stretch the play until he gets inside help. B. Tight end releases down field 1. The 7-tech will jam the tight end, and then step with his inside foot and get his hands on the tackle. 2. The 7-tech is responsible for the C-gap and must react to block of the tackle, pulling guard or back.

40 PASS RESPONSIBILITIES A. Slow the Release of the Tight End 1. The 7-tech must NEVER let the tight end release inside 2. The 7 tech should get a piece of the end on an outside release if possible B. Contain the passer while penetrating up field C. Read and react to the screen 7 TECHNIQUE

41 8-CONTAIN TECHNIQUE Alignment: 2 to 3 feet outside of the offensive tackle to the split receiver side, on the LOS Stance: 2-point stance, weight forward, ready to move Key: Near back RUN RESPONSIBILITIES A Vs. Dive. (The near back dives, the quarterback comes down the line) 1. The 8-tech comes hard for the quarterback. 2. If the 8-tech sees a second back coming at him, and the quarterback is dropping off the line, he stays outside, gets up field, and contains the play. B Vs. Power Angle. (The near back comes out to block the 8-tech) 1. The 8-tech plays off the near back’s outside number, and contains the play. C Vs. Swing Angle. (The near back swings wide) 1. The 8-tech comes hard, reading the near back. 2. If the near back does not adjust his path to block the 8-tech, the 8-tech turns inside and plays the pitch man. 3. The 8-tech must not allow the pitch man to get by him. D. Vs. Run Action Away. (The near back goes away) 1. The 8-tech chases, as deep as the ball, and is responsible for misdirection plays.

42 PASS RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Drop back. (The quarterback drops straight back) 1. The 8-tech has the contain rush. B Vs Action Toward. (The quarterback sprints or rolls toward the 8-tech) 1. The 8-tech contains the play. 2. The 8 tech tries to make the quarterback pull up early. C. Vs Action Away. (The quarterback sprints or rolls away from the 8-tech) 1. The 8-tech trails as deep as the ball 8-CONTAIN TECHNIQUE

43 8-WALK AWAY TECHNIQUE Alignment: Walk away 3 to 4 yards deep, split the difference between the split end and tackle Stance: 2-point stance, slightly staggered, good football position. Key: Near back RUN RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Run action toward 1. The 8-tech is responsible for secondary containment on all running plays and playing the pitch or option. 2. The 8-tech should take on the blockers with his hands, and keep his shoulders square with the line of scrimmage. B. Vs. Run action away 1. The 8 tech is responsible for all misdirection plays.

44 PASS RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Drop-Back or Quarterback Action Toward. 1. Read the split end. 2. Get in the throwing lane. 3. Take away the out pattern. 4. Secondary contain 5. Listen for a call from the corner. 6. Be in a position to help on the curl pattern. 8-WALK AWAY TECHNIQUE

45 8-WALK OUT TECHNIQUE Alignment: Outside shoulder of the split end, 3 yards off the ball Stance: 2-point stance, good football position, ready to jam the split receiver Key: Split receiver to ball RUN RESPONSIBILITIES 1. The 8-tech jams the split receiver, forcing him inside. 2. The 8-tech has secondary contain all running plays coming his way. 3. The 8-tech has pitch on all options. 4. The 8-tech cannot allow the split receiver to wall him off, allowing play to go outside. PASS RESPONSIBILITIES 1. After jamming the split receiver, drop to flat. Take away the out pattern. Help on the curl.

46 9 TECHNIQUE Alignment: Outside half of the tight end or slot back, on the line of scrimmage Stance: 2-point stance, slight stagger, the toe of the outside foot to the instep of the inside foot; a good football position, ready to move either way with maximum quickness. Key: Tight end or slot back’s head RUN RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Dive Block. (The end blocks out on the 9-tech) 1. The 9-tech attacks the blocker with his hands and locked arms and steps with his inside foot, keeping his outside leg free. 2. The 9-tech neutralizes the block of the tight end, and squeezes the C gap B. Vs. Down Block. (The end blocks down) 1. The 9-tech jams the tight end by stepping with the inside foot. 2. The 9 tech delivers a forceful hand jam and stays square. 3. The 9-tech must play off the first blocker i.e, near back, fullback or the pulling guard with a shoulder-forearm lift closing down the running lane. C. Vs. Cut-Off Block. (The tight end tries to cut off the 9 man) 1. The 9-tech, by the use of hands, tries to squeeze the C Gap by working through the face of the tight end or slot without losing ground or getting tucked inside. 2. If the TE or Slot releases inside, the 9 tech lets him go by and folds to the inside, playing the first man that shows.

47 9 TECHNIQUE PASS RESPONSIBILITIES The pass responsibilities will vary according to the secondary coverage. 9- Read End—RED CALL Alignment: The 9 Read end aligns on the outside half of the tight end. Stance: 2-point stance, slight stagger, the toe of the outside foot to the instep of the inside foot; a good football position, ready to move either way with maximum quickness. Key: Tight end’s head A. Vs. Drop back or Action toward 1. The 9 Read-end will have a contain pass rush. Note: The strong safety will have the flat coverage. B. Vs. QB action away. (The Quarterback sprints or rolls away) 1. The 9 Read -end will fold to the curl zone. Note: If the tight end is the outside receiver, the 9-man jams and drops to flat.

48 9 TECHNIQUE 9-Read End—White Call PASS RESPONSIBILITIES Alignment: The 9 Read-end aligns on the outside half of the tight end Stance: 2-point stance, slight stagger, the toe of the outside foot to the instep of the inside foot; a good football position, ready to move either way with maximum quickness. Key: Tight end’s head A. Vs. Drop-back or Quarterback action toward 1. End releases to the inside, the 9 tech jams him and plays the dump pass 2. End releases to the outside, the 9 tech jams him and plays the quick out After the 9-tech has jammed, and covered his area, he opens up and folds to the flat to Curl.

49 9 Read End- Blue Cloud 9 TECHNIQUE Alignment: The 9 Read end aligns on the outside half of the tight end. Stance: 2-point stance, slight stagger, the toe of the outside foot to the instep of the inside foot; a good football position, ready to move either way with maximum quickness. Key: Tight end’s head PASS RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Drop-back or Quarterback action toward 1- The 9-tech will have contain pass rush. Note: The strong safety (sky) or the corner (cloud) will have flat coverage. B. Vs action away 1. The 9-tech will drop to the curl zone.

50 9 TECHNIQUE PASS RESPONSIBILITIES 9 Read End vs. Green Call Alignment: The 9 Read end aligns on the outside half of the tight end. Stance: 2-point stance, slight stagger, the toe of the outside foot to the instep of the inside foot; a good football position, ready to move either way with maximum quickness. Key: Tight end’s head 1. Rush the passer – all the way Note: The Green Call is man-to-man coverage, with one man free.

51 9-Read End-Green Goal Line 9 TECHNIQUE PASS RESPONSIBILITIES Alignment: The 9 Read-end aligns on the outside half of the tight end Stance: 2-point stance, slight stagger, the toe of the outside foot to the instep of the inside foot; a good football position, ready to move either way with maximum quickness. 1. The 9 technique jams the tight end so that the dump pass is destroyed and then uses a contain pass rush.

52 9-Read End—Black Call 9 TECHNIQUE PASS RESPONSIBILITIES Alignment: The 9 Read end aligns on the outside half of the tight end. Stance: 2-point stance, slight stagger, the toe of the outside foot to the instep of the inside foot; a good football position, ready to move either way with maximum quickness. Key: Tight end’s head 1. The 9-tech and the strong linebacker play a “combo” on the near back and tight end. If TE releases inside, End takes back and LB takes TE. If TE releases outside, End takes him and LB takes the Back. Note: The Black Call is the 5-underneath man-to-man coverage, with the safeties zoning the deep halves of the field.

53 *5 EAGLE TECHNIQUE* Alignment: The weak side end plays a 5-technique. Outside shade of offensive tackle as close to line of scrimmage as possible. Stance: 2-point stance, slight stagger, inside foot back Key: Offensive tackle’s head RUN RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Dive. (The tackle blocks out) 1. The 5-tech attacks the blocker by stepping with the inside foot, while simultaneously delivering a blow with his hands to the tackles numbers. Outside arm on the tackles shoulder pad. 2. If the flow is away, the 5-tech chases the play, as deep as the ball. B. Vs. Down Block (The tackle blocks down to the inside) 1. The 5-tech steps with the inside foot and delivers a forceful hand jam. 2. The 5-tech must stay square, squeeze the B-Gap, ready to tackle the dive back. 3. The 5-tech takes on the lead blocker or pulling guard with a shoulder - forearm lift.

54 RUN RESPONSIBILITIES C. Reach Block. (The tackle tries to reach the 5-tech) 1. The 5-tech delivers a blow to the tackle with his hands 2. The 5 tech steps up and out, extending arms 3. The 5 tech maintains outside leverage, keeping the tackle to the inside. Note: The 5 tech can MUST NOT get hooked by the tackle D. Vs. X Block. (The tackle blocks down, the guard steps behind the tackle and blocks the end) 1. The 5-tech must step into the guard with his inside foot up 2. The 5-tech must squeeze the C gap, while keeping his outside free 3. The 5-tech must maintain outside leverage being conscious of containment. E. Vs. Cut-Off Block. (The offensive tackle attempts to gain an inside-out position on the end) 1. The 5 tech delivers a blow with his hands and extended arms into the tackle. 2. The 5 tech squeezes the C gap 3. The 5 tech chases the play as deep as the ball on flow away 4. The 5 tech is responsible for all misdirection plays. *5 EAGLE TECHNIQUE*

55 PASS RESPONSIBILITIES 1. On drop back action, the 5 tech must get on the tackle and beat him with an outside pass rush. 2. On all passes the 5 tech has the contain rush *5 EAGLE TECHNIQUE*

56 The Linebackers 0 Technique 10 Technique 20 Technique 30 Technique 40 Technique 50 Technique 60 Technique 70 Technique

57 O TECHNIQUE Alignment: Head up the center, 3 yards off the ball Stance: 2-point stance, in a good hitting position Key: Dive back to ball RUN RESPONSIBILITIES – Both A Gaps Note: The backer attacks the center’s block with a forearm/shoulder move, or with the hands to the numbers and locked arms. Stay square to the line of scrimmage. A. Vs. Flow strong 1.Check strong side A gap. 2.Work through the dive back to the ball. B. Vs. Flow weak 1.Check weak side A gap 2.Work through the dive back to the ball. C. Vs. option 1.Work through the dive-back to the ball.

58 O TECHNIQUE PASS RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Flow strong or Drop-Back 1.Strong side hook to strong side curl. B. Vs. Flow weak 1.Middle hook, Look for crossing receivers from the strong side

59 10 TECHNIQUE Alignment: Inside shade of the offensive guard, 2½ yards off the ball Stance: 2-point parallel stance, in a good hitting position Key: Near back RUN RESPONSIBILITIES –A Gap A. Vs. Dive (The guard fires straight out) 1. Backers are responsible for the A gap 2. Neutralize the block of the guard by the use of a forearm/shoulder technique, or palms and locked arms to the numbers, disengage and make the tackle. B. Vs. Option 1. Play the dive to the quarterback to the alley. C. Vs. Trap (Guard blocks down, off guard pulls) 1. Step into the hole and take on the pulling guard with inside shoulder and forearm, close the hole down. Note: If key (near back) goes away, backer is responsible for backside A gap.

60 10 TECHNIQUE PASS RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Flow toward or drop back 1. Red and Blue call, hook to crease to curl 2. White call, middle inside 5th of the field 3. Black call, combo with the defensive end on the near back and tight end 4. Green call, near back, man-to-man B. Vs. Flow away 1. Red or blue call, middle hook 2. White call, Middle inside 5th of the field 3. Black call, near back or tight end man to man 4. Green call, near back, man to man

61 20-Technique Alignment: Head up the offensive guard, 3 yards off the ball Stance: 2-point parallel stance in a good hitting position Key: Near back RUN RESPONSIBILITIES –A and B Gaps A. Vs. Dive 1.If the key (near back) dives, the linebacker attacks the guard with the inside shoulder/forearm and scrapes through the B-gap, then plays the C-gap inside out. The backer should not over scrape. The backer cannot be over blocked. 2. If the key (near back) moves away (across the formation), the linebacker attacks the guard and maintains inside leverage, fills behind the nose tackle, and shuffles to the play side.

62 20-Technique PASS RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Flow toward or drop back 1. Red, Blue, hook to the crease to the curl 2. White, zone strong inside middle 5th of the field 3. Black, combo with the end on the near back and tight end 4. Green, near back, man-to-man B. Vs. Flow away 1. Middle hook

63 30-Technique Alignment: Outside shade of the offensive guard, 2½ yards off the ball Stance: 2-point parallel stance in a good hitting position Key: Near-back, guard RUN RESPONSIBILITIES – B Gap A. Vs. Guard blocks out. 1.The backer attacks him on with the inside forearm/shoulder and squeezes the B Gap. B. Vs. Guard tries to over-block the backer. 1.The backer plays through the guard with the inside shoulder/forearm and scrapes to the outside. C. Vs. Guard blocks down. 1.The backer looks for a trap or isolation block from a back D. Vs. Flow away. 1.The backer steps inside and reads the play. Protects the backside of the nose tackle.

64 PASS RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Flow toward or Drop-Back 1. Red-Blue- hook to the curl 2. White- Defends strong middle 5th of the field 3. Black-Combo with the defensive end on the near back and tight end 4. Green—near back, man-to-man B. Vs. Flow away 1. Middle hook 30-Technique

65 40 Technique Alignment: Head up the offensive tackle, 3 yards off the ball Stance: 2 point parallel stance in a good hitting position Key: Offensive tackle to near back RUN RESPONSIBILITIES – B and C Gaps A. Vs. Tackle fires out 1.The backer neutralizes the blocker with a should/forearm technique or Hands to the numbers with locked arms stays square ready to move to either the 5 or e gap. B. Vs. Tight end or slot block down 1.The backer takes him on with the outside shoulder/forearm, stays square and protects the C gap C. Vs. Fold block (Tackle blocks down, guard steps around on the backer) 1.Backer takes on the guards with the inside shoulder/forearm and squeezes the B gap D. Vs. Near back goes across the formation 1.Backer attacks the tackle with the outside shoulder/forearm and pursues down the line of scrimmage, looking for cut backs, while trying to find the ball.

66 40 Technique PASS RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Flow toward or drop back 1. Red, Blue, Hook to crease to curl 2. White, Middle 5th of the field 3. Black, Combo with the near back and end on near back 4. Green, near back man to man B. Vs. Flow away 1. Middle hook

67 50 Technique Alignment: Outside shade of the offensive tackle, 2 1/2 yards off the ball Stance: 2-point parallel stance in a good hitting position Key: Tackle to the near back RUN RESPONSIBILITIES – C Gap A. Vs. Tackle blocks out 1.The backer delivers a blow with his inside shoulder/forearm, squeezes the B-gap, stays square, and keeps his outside arm and leg free. B. Vs. End blocks down 1.The backer jams him with the outside shoulder/forearm, stays square and protects the C-gap. C. Vs. Tackle to over-blocks 1.The backer steps with the outside foot, jams with the inside shoulder/forearm and stays square to the C gap. D. Vs. Option toward 1.The backer works through the dive, to the quarterback to the pitch. E. Vs. The key (near back) goes away 1.The linebacker backer shuffles slowly down the line, stays square, looks for cut-off blocks, counter and cut-back plays and pursues to the ball.

68 PASS RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Flow toward or drop back 1. Red, Blue, hook to the crease to the curl 2. White, strong middle 5th of the field 3. Black, combo with the defensive end on the near-back and tight end 4. Green, near back man-to-man B. Vs. Flow weak 1. Middle hook 50 Technique

69 60 Technique Alignment: Head up the tight end or slot back, as close to the line of scrimmage as possible Stance: 2-point parallel stance in a good hitting position Key: Head of the tight end or slot back RUN RESPONSIBILITIES – C Gap A. Vs. The end or slot fires straight out 1. The backer delivers a blow that will neutralize the blocker while controlling t he line of scrimmage. The backer steps with the inside foot, delivering a blow with the inside shoulder and forearm, or by delivering a blow with open palms and locked arms, to the opponent’s numbers or pads. B. Vs. The end or slot tries to hook the backer 1. The backer steps with his outside foot, delivers a blow with the outside forearm and shoulder or hands and locked arms to the opponent’s numbers steps to the inside and gets penetration. Responsible for C gap. C. Vs. The end or slot blocks down on the backer 1.The backer steps with the outside foot and neutralizes the blocker with the outside forearm and shoulder, or with hands and locked arms, and looks to the inside for a pulling guard or a kick out block by the near back or fullback.

70 60 Technique RUN RESPONSIBILITIES – C Gap D. Vs. The quarterback comes down the line to option 1.The backer works through the dive, to the quarterback to the pitch. E. Vs. The tight end releases outside 1.The backer, after taking a short step to the outside to make sure it is not an over-block, jams the end and drops to pass coverage assignment. F. Vs. The tight end or slot back attempts to gain an inside-out position 1.The backer steps with the inside foot and squares up on the blocker and protects the C-gap.

71 60 Technique PASS RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Flow Toward or Drop-Back 1. Red, Hook to crease to curl 2. White, left middle 5th of the field 3. Blue, hook to the crease to the curl 4. Black combo with the end on the tight end or slot and the near back 5. Green, near back man to man B. Vs. Flow Away 1. Hook to crease to curl

72 70-Technique Alignment: Inside half of the tight end, up to a flex of 2 yards, 1 yard off the ball Stance: 2-point parallel stance in a good hitting position Key: Tight end RUN RESPONSIBILITIES – C Gap A. Vs. Tight end blocks down 1.The backer neutralizes the block by stepping with his outside foot and striking a blow with the outside shoulder and forearm, or by use of palms and locked arms B. Vs. If the tight end releases down field 1.The backer jams him by stepping with his outside foot and striking a blow with the outside shoulder and forearm, or palms and locked arms and steps to the inside looking for a block from the tackle, the guard or near back. The backer squeezes the C-gap. Note: If the tight end releases and the quarterback works down the line (option), the backer has dive to the quarterback C. Vs. If the action goes away 1.The backer shuffles down the line, loses ground, and pursues the ball.

73 70-Technique PASS RESPONSIBILITIES A. Vs. Action Toward or Drop-Back 1. Red, White, Blue—hook to the crease to the curl 2. Black—combo with the end on the near back and tight end 3. Green—near back man-to-man 4. Orange—hook B. Vs. Action Away 1. Middle hook. Weak side Linebacker—hook to the crease to the curl

74 The Secondary Blue Coverage Red Coverage White Coverage Black Coverage Green Coverage

75 BLUE CLOUD TECNIQUE ALIGNMENT KEYRUN FLOW TOWARD RUN FLOW AWAY PASS QB TOWARD ; DROPBACK PASS QB AWAY RIGHT CORNER *Hash Mark Rule 7 Yards Deep WR To Ball Secondary Contain Rotate To Outside 1/3 And Pursue Strong Deep Outside 1/3 Strong Deep Outside 1/3 STRONG SAFETY *Hash Mark Rule 9 Yards Deep Flow Of Ball Ball Inside, Help Where Needed Ball Outside, Rotate To Deep Outside 1/3 Rotate To Deep Middle And Pursue Flats 10 Yards Deep Normal TE To Sideline Deep Middle 1/3 FREE SAFETY *Hash Mark Rule 9 Yards Deep Flow Of Ball Ball Inside, Help Where Needed Ball Outside, Rotate To Outside 1/3 Rotate To Deep Middle And Pursue QB Toward Flats 10 Yards Deep Normal TE To Sideline Drop Back Deep Middle 1/3 Deep Middle 1/3 LEFT CORNER *Hash Mark Rule 7 Yards Deep Flow Of Ball Secondary Contain Rotate To Deep Weak Outside 1/3 And Pursue Deep Weak Outside 1/3 Deep Weak Outside 1/3 SECONDARY TECHNIQUES FOR THE BLUE SKY CALL

76 BLUE CLOUD TECNIQUE ALIGNMENT KEYRUN FLOW TOWARD RUN FLOW AWAY PASS QB TOWARD ; DROPBACK PASS QB AWAY RIGHT CORNER Outside WR 7 Yards Deep *Hash Mark Rule WR To Ball Outside Contain Rotate To Outside 1/3 And Pursue Zone Flat Outside Normal TE To Sideline 10 Yards Deep Deep Outside 1/3 STRONG SAFETY Outside Normal TE 9 Yards Deep *Hash Mark Rule Flow Of Ball Ball Inside, Help Where Needed Ball Outside, Rotate To Deep Outside 1/3 Rotate To Deep Middle And Pursue Zone Strong Deep Outside 1/3 Deep Middle 1/3 FREE SAFETY Outside Normal TE 9 Yards Deep *Hash Mark Rule Flow Of Ball Ball Inside, Help Where Needed Ball Outside, Rotate To Outside 1/3 Rotate To Deep Middle And Pursue Zone Deep Middle 1/3 Deep Middle 1/3 LEFT CORNER Outside WR 7 Yards Deep *Hash Mark Rule WR To Ball Outside Contain Rotate To Middle Outside 1/3 And Pursue Zone Flat Outside Normal TE To Sideline 10 Yards Deep Deep Weak Outside 1/3 SECONDARY TECHNIQUES FOR THE BLUE CLOUD CALL

77 RED TECNIQUE ALIGNMENT KEYRUN FLOW TOWARD RUN FLOW AWAY PASS QB TOWARD ; DROPBACK PASS QB AWAY RIGHT CORNER 1 Yard Outside WR 9-10 Yards Deep Near Back To Ball Secondary Support Slow Pursuit To Deep Middle 1/3 Deep Outside 1/3 Deep Outside 1/3 STRONG SAFETY Split The Difference Between WR And TE 5-6 Yards Deep TE To Near Back Outside Contain Check for Cutback Then Deep Pursuit Play Flats Get Underneath The Out Or Curl Fold back Through Middle FREE SAFETY Will Vary 9-10 Yards Deep Near Back To Ball No Primary Support Play Pass first Run second On Run Support Inside out Deep Middle 1/3 Deep Middle 1/3 LEFT CORNER 1 Yard Outside WR 9-10 Yards Deep Near Back To Ball Support Outside Contain Slow Pursuit To Deep Outside 1/3 Deep outside 1/3 Deep outside 1/3 SECONDARY TECHNIQUES RED

78 WHITE TECNIQUE ALIGNMENT KEYRUN FLOW TOWARD RUN FLOW AWAY PASS QB TOWARD ; DROPBACK PASS QB AWAY RIGHT CORNER Head Up WR 5 Yards Deep Near Back To QB Outside Contain Fold Back Slowly Check For Counters And Reverses Keep Outside Leverage Funnel Receiver Inside Play WR Tough Check For Throwback And Bootleg STRONG SAFETY Width Will Vary Yards Deep Near Back To QB Fill Inside-Out Take a Good Angle And Pursue Strong Deep 1/2 Slow Rotation To Deep Middle FREE SAFETY Width Will Vary Yards Deep Near Back To QB Fill Inside-Out Take a Good Angle And Pursue Weak Deep 1/2 Slow Rotation To Deep Middle LEFT CORNER Head Up WR 5 Yards Deep Near Back To Ball Outside Contain Fold Back Slowly Check For Counters And Reverses Keep Outside Leverage Funnel Receiver Inside Play WR Tough Check For Throwback And Bootleg SECONDARY TECHNIQUES FOR THE WHITE

79 HASH MARK RULES CORNERS: If the ball is in the middle of the field maintain an outside position on the wide receiver. If the ball is on the hash mark, and the wide receiver is within 3 or 4 yards of the sideline, move to an inside shoulder alignment on the wide receiver. SAFETIES: If the ball is in the middle of the field, line up on the outside shoulder of a normal tight end position If the ball is on the hash mark, and the strength is to the sideline, line up on the hash mark If the ball is on the hash mark and the strength is to the wide side, split the difference between the tight end and the wide receiver.

80 RED - ZONE COVERAGE TECHNIQUES CORNERS A. Alignment: 1 yard outside the wide out 9-10 yards deep. (See Hash Mark Rules) B. Keep your shoulders squared to the line of scrimmage C. Get to the middle of your zone, and play from there. D. Run support is executed once all threat of a pass is eliminated E. Flow towards, support outside in F. Flow away, support the inside and take angle saving pursuit to the ball G. On pass action away; be conscious of a throwback pass STRONG SAFFETY A. Split the difference between the flanker and the tight end, 5 –6 yard from the line of scrimmage B. You have flat coverage from the line of scrimmage, to a depth of 10 yards C. Use a shuffle step when dropping to the flat, eye the flanker and quarter back FREE SAFETY A. Split the difference between the corners, yards deep B. This is zone coverage. Do not take fakes by receivers. C. Communicate to others. D. Key the quarterback in order to get a break on the ball. F. Must be able to play the ball from sideline to sideline (Ball in middle of field)

81 WHITE - ZONE COVERAGE TECHNIQUES CORNERS A. Head up wide out, 4 yards deep. On snap step laterally to secure outside position B. Squat technique-square stance, quick feet, keep outside position on the receiver C. Funnel receiver to the inside. D. You have containment vs. the run. E. On flow away, watch for misdirection action H. You have flat zone pass responsibilities to a depth of 10 yards. I. If wide out cuts to the post, quickly break on the ball G. Check for near back in the flat, if no one shows, help safety underneath SAFETIES A. You have no run responsibilities unless flow comes toward you and the receiver is blocking the corner. In this case fill inside and play the alley B. If pass shows, zone deep half of the field C. If tight end is on your side, and releases, watch for the flanker coming in. D. If tight end is on your side, and blocks, play the flanker tough with the corner E. Be conscious of the post route. You must see the ball thrown and get good break

82 BLUE CLOUD - ZONE COVERAGE TECHNIQUES CORNERS A. See Hash Mark Rules for alignment B. 7-9 yards deep; maintain an outside position on the wide out. If wide out is within 3- 4 yards of the sideline, move to an inside position C. Flow toward outside contain D. Flow away, rotate to deep outside third E. Quarterback toward or drop back, zone the flat to a depth of 10 F. If the wide out releases outside look for the curl, if he release inside look for another receiver in the flat G. Quarterback away, rotate and zone the deep outside one-third SAFETIES A. See Hash Mark Rule for alignment B. Flow toward, help inside where needed. When ball moves outside rotate to deep one third of the field C. Quarterback toward or drop back, rotate to strong deep outside of the field C. Quarterback away rotate and zone the deep middle of the field

83 BLUE SKY - ZONE COVERAGE TECHNIQUES CORNERS A. Hash Mark Rule for Alignment 1. If the ball is in the middle of the field, maintain an outside position on the Wide receiver 2. If the ball on the hash mark, and the wide receiver is within 3-4 yards of the sideline, move to an inside shoulder alignment B. Flow toward you have secondary support C. Flow away rotate to deep outside third and pursue from there D. Quarterback Toward, Drop back or away, rotate to deep outside of the field SAFETIES A. See Hash Mark Rule for Alignment B. Flow toward, help where needed, C. When ball moves to your outside you are the contain man D. Flow away, rotate to deep middle E. SS-Quarterback to or drop back pass - flat coverage from TE to sideline to a depth of 10 yards. F. FS- Quarterback to - Flat from TE to sideline to 10yds; QB away or Drop back – deep middle third

84 GREEN - MAN COVERAGE TECHNIQUES CORNERS A. Alignment: One yard outside the wide receiver, 7-8 yards deep B. Read the difference between the pass route and block. If run shows, shed the block and react to play C. You have secondary outside contain. D. Read the difference between pass route and the running play. Take a good pursuit angle. E. On a pass play you have the wide out man-to-man 1. Use a bump and run technique. 2. Maintain a 4 yards vertical cushion as long as you can, then turn and run with the receiver. Keep you eyes on the lower part of his numbers 3. You will get inside help from the free safety. 2. STRONG SAFETY A. Alignment: One yard outside the tight end- 7 yards deep B. Flow toward: If tight end blocks fill from the inside out. C. You have Tight End man-to-man. 1.You will receive underneath help from the linebacker. 2. You will receive inside help from the free safety.

85 FREE SAFETY A. Alignment: 12 yards deep. With will vary with field position B. You are “Free” with no particular man to cover C. Play the run inside out D. On a pass play, fly to the deep middle, watch the quarterback and the ball E. If you are called to stunt it will be a “Blitz” call F. If Green “Star” is called, you will be assigned to the “Star” player. If it is a wide receiver you will double cover him, if it is a running back you will have him man to man. G. If another person is called on to stunt, you will pick up his man GREEN - MAN COVERAGE TECHNIQUES

86 BLACK - MAN COVERAGE TECHNIQUES CORNERS A. Alignment: Head up the wide out, 4 yards deep B. You have the wide out man for man C. Read wide out. If he is blocking you or the linebacker, read this as run and contain. D. If the receiver releases, play him tough until you hear run call by the safety, then come back and contain. E. On flow away, shed the blocker and take a good pursuit angle. E. Pass Responsibilities: Step laterally to the receivers inside and jam him to the outside. You have help deep, so play the receiver tough. F. Trail him about a yard, so that you can break in front of him in the throwing lane. SAFETIES A. Run responsibilities: If flow comes toward you, and the receiver is blocking, fill the corner and play the alley. B. If flow comes toward and the tight end releases, check for pass first, then react in good pursuit angle C. Pass responsibilities: Play the deep half of the field. D. Favor the outside receiver, as the linebacker and defensive end have the near back and tight end man-to-man. E. Back pedal down the hash, and react to the quarterback’s action. F. Retreat slower on the Black Call as it is man-to-man coverage underneath and the receivers are being held up.


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