3-4 Defense Alignment, Benefits, Philosophy Integration Josh Abbot EDU 209
Benefits • Balanced. • Fluid rotations. • Multiple ways to pressure the offense. • Lets Athletes make plays in space. • Speed and athleticism are maximized. • More of the field is covered.
Philosophy • Defensive Linemen and Linebackers support the run first. • Defensive Backs defend against the pass first. • Pressure by the Linemen and Linebackers creates coverage.
Alignment fromtherumbleseat.com • - Defensive Ends (DE) and Nose Tackle (NT) line up in a three or four point stance. • - Linebackers (OLB/ILB) are four and a half yards off the ball with their feet about shoulder width apart. • - Cornerbacks (CB) are lined up across from the Wide Receivers, ready to backpedal. • - Safeties (SS/FS) are 10-12 yards off the ball, ready to backpedal.
Schemes • Adjust to opposing offenses effectively. • Disguise coverages. • Hide blitz. • Multiple players can “spy”. cm-life.com
Schemes • Defense easily translates to a 4-3, 3-5-3, 4-4 or 5-2 DE DT DT DE DE DT DE CB CB CB CB OLB OLB OLB OLB MLB MLB MLB MLB MLB 4-4 3-5-3 FS SS FS DE DT DT DT DE DE DT DT DE CB CB CB CB MLB MLB OLB MLB OLB SS FS 4-3 SS 5-2 FS
Pursuit Angles Go towards where the bal wil be, not where it is. Bal Flow
Coverages Cover 2 • Protect flats. • Deep halves. C DE NT DE C OLB OLB ILB ILB SS FS
Coverages Cover 3 • Protect flats and the middle of the field. • Deep thirds. C DE NT DE C OLB OLB ILB ILB SS FS
Coverages Man • Short yardage coverage. • Physical. C DE NT DE C OLB OLB ILB ILB SS FS
Bringing Pressure: Defensive Line Angle Slant DE NT DE DE NT DE Pinch Opposite DE NT DE DE NT DE Contain DE NT DE
Bringing Pressure: Inside Linebackers • Backside A-Gap • Playside B-Gap • Playside C-Gap DE NT DE OLB OLB ILB ILB • Playside A-Gap
Bringing Pressure: Outside Linebackers • • C-Gap B-Gap • A-Gap DE NT DE OLB OLB ILB ILB
Bringing Pressure: Defensive Backs • Corner Blitz C DE NT DE C OLB OLB ILB ILB • Free Safety Blitz SS FS • Strong Safety Blitz
Bringing Pressure: Combo Blitz Inside Outside Overload C DE NT DE C OLB OLB ILB ILB SS FS
Review • Maximizes athlete skil . • Balanced • Fast to the bal . • Easy to shift formations. • Disguise coverages. • Brings pressure from al over the field.