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Defensive Football Strategies

Defensive Football Strategies

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    They say that defense wins championships. If so, this book is your formula for winning a title with a solid defensive football team.

    Defensive Football Strategies is a complete collection of tactics, teachings, and insights from some of the best defensive minds in the game. Readers will find winning strategies from 90 top coaches—legends of both the past and the present—including Bob Stoops of the University of Oklahoma, Bo Schembechler of the University of Michigan, Charlie McBride of the University of Nebraska, and R.C. Slocum of Texas A & M.

    Inside are 73 detailed presentations on many of football's most successful defensive systems used during the past 40 years. With the help of 600 X-and-O diagrams, the book covers these areas:

    - Philosophies, fronts, and schemes
    - Run defenses
    - Pass defenses
    - Formation and down-and-distance adjustments
    - Goal line defenses

    Defensive Football Strategies was developed in cooperation with the American Football Coaches Association. It's an expert resource that coaches can use to build a defense that will win it all.

    Part I - Philosophies, Fronts, and Schemes
    - Maximizing Your Defensive Personnel
    Larry Jones
    - Establishing a Winning Defensive Mind-Set
    Bob Gambold
    - Preparing the Defense During Game Week
    Frank Maloney
    - Teaching Techniques for a Multiple Defensive Package
    Clyde Biggers
    - Creating a Multiple Defensive Scheme
    Ken Donahue, Pat Dye, and Bill Oliver
    - Defending With Multiple 8-Man Fronts
    Jim Weaver
    - Contrasting the 7- and 8-Man Fronts
    - Building the Even Defense
    Dan Devine, Al Onofrio, and Clay Cooper
    - Using the 4-3
    Eddie Robinson
    - Coordinating the 4-3 Defense
    David McWilliams
    - Pressuring With a Multiple 4-3
    Bob Stoops
    - Coaching the Tilt: The Stunting 4-3
    George Perles
    - Switching From the 50 to the 4-3
    Grant Teaff
    - Choosing the 4-3 Over the 50
    Joe Novak
    - Defending With the 50
    Foge Fazio
    - Coordinating Run and Pass Defenses
    George Welsh
    - Swarming the Offense
    Dick Tomey, Rich Ellerson, Larry MacDuff, and Johnnie Lynn
    - Pressuring Without Risk
    Frank Beamer and Michael Clark
    - Establishing a Base Defense
    Bill Dooley
    - Soaring With the Eagle Defense
    Craig Bohl and Dean Campbell
    - Gaining a Numbers Advantage
    Denny Marcin, Chris Cosh, and Dan Martin
    - Getting an Edge With the 3-4
    Norm Gerber
    - Developing the Multiple 3-4 Package
    Phil Bennett and Larry Slade
    - Blitzing Against Anything
    Joe Lee Dunn and Tom McMahon
    - Forcing Turnovers for Victories
    Brock Spack
    - Preventing the Big Play
    Bo Schembechler and Gary Moeller

    Part II - Run Defenses
    - Using the 6-2-2-1 Against the Running Game
    Dick Hitt
    - Stopping the Triple Option With the 6-2
    Chester Caddas
    - Eliminating Options With the Junkyard Eight
    Erskine Russell
    - Standing Firm Against the Veer
    Augie Tammariello
    - Defending the Modern Wing-T
    Roy Kramer and Herb Deromedi
    - Drilling Run Defense at a Passing School
    Dick Felt
    - Freezing the Run With Multiple Fronts
    Dan MacNeill
    - Stuffing the Run With a 9-Man Front
    Teryl Austin
    - Using the Okie 5-2 to KO the Run
    Rex Norris and Warren Harper
    - Developing the Black Shirt Defense
    Charlie McBride and George Darlington

    Part III - Pass Defenses
    - Fundamental Pass Defense
    Jerry Claiborne
    - Defense Against a Strong Passing Team
    Frank Lauterbur
    - Man-to-Man Pass Coverage
    Gene Felker
    - Man Defense Against All Sets
    Don James
    - Match-Up Man in Zone Coverage
    Lou Wacker
    - Zone Protection Vs. the Pass
    John Majors
    - The Swing Linebacker in Pass Defense
    Dee Andros
    - The 4-Deep Secondary
    Hootie Ingram
    - The 3-Deep Zone Coverage
    Steve Bernstein
    - The 2-Deep Zone
    Mike Lucas
    - The 2-Deep Vs. the 1-Back Set
    Michael Hodges
    - Secondary Coverages to Stall the Pass
    Ron Schipper
    - Multiple Pass Defense
    Carmen Cozza
    - Run and Shoot Defense
    Del Wight
    - The 3-5-3 Pass Defense
    Frank Spaziani
    - Pattern-Read and Combination Coverages
    Bill Oliver
    - Ingredients for Mixing Coverages
    Pete Fredenburg
    - The Nickel Package: Multiple, Yet Simple
    Denny Schuler
    - Coverage Adjustments Vs. the Passing Game
    Dick Sheridan
    - Flexibility in Defending the Vertical Passing Game
    Lou Bronzan

    Part IV - Formation and Situation Adjustments
    - Executing Between Plays Helps Make Plays
    Tommy Spangler
    - Adapting to Formations and Motion
    Bill Brashier
    - Adjusting to Defend the Veer and Wishbone
    Mike Campbell
    - Defending the One-Back Offense
    Tom Hayes
    - Conquering the Long-Yardage Situation
    Jerry Berndt
    - Defending on 3rd and Short, Medium, and Long
    Tom Hayes
    - Covering on 3rd and Long
    Bob Toledo
    - Stopping the Offense Inside the 40
    Denny Stolz, Ed Youngs, and Sherman Lewis
    - Blitzing in the Red Zone
    Norm Parker
    - Preventing Points in the Red Zone
    Charlie McBride
    - Preserving a Victory With a Two-Minute Defense
    Dave McClain

    Part V - Goal Line Defense
    - The 6-5 Goal Line Defense
    Gene Stallings
    - The 56 Lock-On Goal Line Defense
    Dal Shealy
    - Multiple Goal Line Defenses
    Jim Carmody
    - Combination Coverage on the Goal Line
    Gary Blackney
    - A Flawless Diamond Around the Goal
    Mike Martin
    - Goal Line Defense Vs. the Fade
    R.C. Slocum

    Since its establishment in 1922, the American Football Coaches Association has striven to provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football and coaching and to maintain the highest possible standards in football and the coaching profession. These objectives, first declared by founders Alonzo Stagg, John Heisman, and others, have been instrumental in the AFCA's becoming the effective and highly respected organization it is today.

    The AFCA now has more than 10,000 members, including coaches from Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, and Russia. Through annual publications and several newsletters, the association keeps members informed of the most current rules changes and proposals, proper coaching methods, innovations in techniques, insights in coaching philosophy, and business conducted by the board of trustees and AFCA committees. A convention is held each January to give members a special opportunity to exchange ideas and recognize outstanding achievement.

    The association promotes safety in the sport and establishes strong ethical and moral codes that govern all aspects of football coaching. In addition, the AFCA is involved in numerous programs that ensure the integrity of the coaching profession and enhance the development of the game. It works closely with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the National Football League, the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, Pop Warner, and other organizations involved in the game of football. Indeed, one of the goals of the association is to build a strong coalition—TEAM AFCA—of football coaches who will speak out with a unified voice on issues that affect the sport and profession.

    The AFCA is the team of the football coaching profession. All current and former football coaches or administrators involved with football are encouraged to join. For more information about becoming a member of the American Football Coaches Association, please log on to the AFCA Web site ( or contact them at the following address:

    American Football Coaches Association
    100 Legends Lane
    Waco, TX 76706
    (254) 754-9900