The new craze amongst coaches is finding ways to be multiple with their defense. I had an argument a couple of months back with a coach who claimed I was playing defenses and not defense, when I alluded to a 3-3 package I had added to my base 4-2-5. The fact is, defense is not merely how you add three numbers up to get the number 11, it is very simply formatted into four easy items:
|Nothing wrong with keeping that ace up your sleeve...|
|Base 4-2-5 vs. pro|
To get into the 3-3, we make a couple of calls to do this. The first call is "Tight" (this is TCU's Power call) which puts both DE's in five techniques. The next call is the double digit number "00". Anytime the DL hear 00 in my scheme (that I stole), then the tackle moves to a 0 technique and the noseguard stacks behind him at LB depth. The ILB's know, when they hear 00, they move to fifty techniques, stacking over the defensive ends. Here's how it looks against a pro set:
|Tight 00 call vs. pro|
TCU blitz package can be run from this look as well.
If you decide not to bring pressure, tag the front with "drop" and you will drop the nose into the low hole area and let him beat up on any crossers. You can also tag it with "spy" and have the nose spy a good running QB. The possibilities are endless!
So there you have it! The 4-2 can easily be modified into the 3-3 with little to no changes in what you do. For those that argue you are playing two different defenses I'd have to say this:
- None of the reads for any player changes.
- The nose rushes every time, he should be able to do this from a stance, or back at linebacker depth. If he cannot this is where you can substitute in a good pass rusher that is either another DL, LB or DB for that matter.
- The adjustments are still handled with the coverage, so nothing changes there.
So, as you can see, there is little to no changes for any of the defenders. Personally, I would take the nose out and replace him with another linebacker. I like to use a very quick, disruptive kid at that nose position out of this front. The benefits here far outweigh the risk in my opinion. You get a team that prepares for the 4-2 all week, and you come out in the 3-3 and blow their minds, then switch back to the 4-2. A very simple way to keep do what defenses are supposed to do...keep the offense guessing.
|Now that's disruptive!|
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