Wildcat Defense 2014 Practice Priorities

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Eagan Wildcat Defense 2014
Practice Priorities – Achieve What You Emphasize
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Eagan Wildcat Defense 2014
Defense – Absolutes
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Relentless Effort
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Compete
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Block Destruction
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Tackling
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Takeaways
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Game Plan
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Thoughtful Aggression
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Singleness of Purpose
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Eagan Wildcat Defense 2014
Defensive Line
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Eagan Wildcat Defense 2014
Defensive Line – Absolutes
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Understand the situation
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When in doubt, destruct
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Impose your heart
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Plug in the power lines
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Don’t assume, plat to the echo of the whistle
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Leave no doubt
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Finish
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Defensive Line – Practice Priorities
Stances
Power Stance
• Stance starts with proper alignment
• Feet shoulder width apart and flat
• Heal to toe alignment, knees at 45 degree angle
• Flat back
• Foot and hand closest to the ball are staggered (foot) and down (hand)
• Majority of our weight is on our down hand, with off hand at our armpit ready to shoot
• See the ball in our peripheral vision, eyes on man across from us
• Attack half a man, unless our keys tell us otherwise
Jet Stance
• Stance starts with proper alignment
• Down hand and feet are tight and compact, sending our hips to the sky
• All of our weight is over our down hand, promoting first step explosion, off hand is at our
armpit ready to shoot
• Feet are underneath our hips to ensure that explosive first step
• Heal to toe alignment
• See the ball in our peripheral vision, eyes on man across from us
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Defensive Line – Practice Priorities
Stances (continued)
2 Gap Stance
• Stance starts with proper alignment
• Feet shoulder width apart and flat
• Toe to Toe Alignment, with both feet firmly on the ground from heel to toe
• Knees at 45 degree angle
• Flat back
• Body weight is evenly distributed between hands and feet
• Off hand is at our armpit ready to shoot
• See the ball in our peripheral vision
• Eyes on helmet screws of center
• We lift opposing blocker into backside gap, while occupying our play side gap
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Defensive Line – Practice Priorities
Read Progressions (Man across from us, Man next to us, Double Team and/or Pull Lane, FB or RB)
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Use pre-snap reads to help diagnose what may happen around us/to us. Check whether
OL’s fingertips are white or red, whether they’re on the balls of their feet or flat footed, the
location of their eyes, whether they’re lined up on the ball or they’re cheating into the
backfield, size of splits, changing personnel/positions, etc.
Down and distance?
Field situation?
Game situation?
What do they run to strength out of this formation?
What do they run backside out of this formation?
Get off the Ball! One of the most important skills we need to cultivate is getting off the ball
as fast as possible.
Read the man across from us through the man next to us. Keys will be based on pressure
toward us or flow away from us.
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Defensive Line – Practice Priorities
Techniques
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Hand placement is crucial. Thumbs up, elbows close together protecting our chest. We
don’t allow anyone to gain inside hand position on us.
Attack half a man! Facemask under chin, one hand to the OL’s jersey numbers, other
hand to the armpit/shoulder. The goal is to neutralize man across from us, feel/fight
pressure off the double team and destruct the block.
Our feet are one of our biggest weapons (along with our hands). We want our feet to
continually move while keeping them close to the ground. Our steps will be longer in
obvious pass rushing situations.
We need to have proper knee bend, low pad level (flat back), body control, and great
leverage if we want to be successful.
We will work to draw the double team. This is our role. They can’t block all of us.
We will use both power and speed moves in passing situations. Speed moves that don’t
work become power moves!
We will perform a move post snap, but we understand that we may need to employ a
2nd move or counter move based on our opponents progression. Don’t ever relax after
initial contact.
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Eagan Wildcat Defense 2014
Defensive Line – Practice Priorities
Techniques (continued)
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Crossing face is important to our ability to fight pressure. Once the threat has cleared
our gap responsibility we’re looking to gain proper leverage and run down the threat like
our hair is on fire.
When we feel our opponent lose leverage or body control we will shed and make a play.
Understand when you are a force player and a pursuit player. One DE will be a force
player, the NT will pursue flat down the line of scrimmage, and the backside DE will honor
all cut backs and reverse field situations, whether designed or impromptu.
First guy in wraps up ball carrier, all subsequent defenders are ripping at the ball with the
expectations of taking it. We are incredibly aggressive in our pursuit of turnovers.
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Defensive Line – Practice Priorities
Tempo Calls
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BOB (Big on Big): Our objective is to engage and occupy the Offensive Linemen. We
engage and occupy, allowing our 2nd and 3rd level defenders to flow cleanly.
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RABBIT (Pin the ears back): We will pin our ears back and fly to our target. We will meet
our target at 100 miles an hour with reckless abandon. Note, this tempo will increase the
chance for mistake. We cannot play scared in this mode. Let it loose.
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LASSO: Our Defensive Ends will get up field hard, while our Tackle(s) will read, react, and
eliminate the offensive threat. This tempo should allow us to corral the offensive threat.
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Defensive Line – Practice Priorities
Daily Drills
• Bags
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Rabbit drill
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Push Pull
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Reach Drill
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Gap fit
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Circling hoops
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Defeat the Double
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Tackle Fits
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Turnover drill
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Eagan Wildcat Defense 2014
Inside Linebackers
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Eagan Wildcat Defense 2014
Inside Linebackers – Absolutes
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Identify formations
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Read track of guard
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Fly downhill
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Toughness
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Pad level
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Block destruction
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Finish
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Inside Linebackers – Practice Priorities
Stance
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Feet shoulder width apart
Weight on balls of feet
“Clean” position
Eyes on guard/FB combo
Reads – Guard, Center, FB triangle
• AT – step hard at gap, take on block with inside shoulder (Examples: trap, ISO, belly).
• AWAY – step at center, check for counter, reverse, screen. Be slow, stay behind your
partner.
• OUTSIDE – downhill, rip over the top of the tackle/TE. Inside of cat/split. Stay on back
hip of RB.
• PASS – zone drop, get depth, find #2, look for crossing route.
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Eagan Wildcat Defense 2014
Inside Linebackers – Practice Priorities
Techniques
• Always take on a block with INSIDE shoulder
• Always stay behind (inside) your partner
• You move as a tandem
• Turn everything back to each other
• Rip over blocks on outside runs
• Our fit is inside the Sam and Buck
• Scrape on roll out pass to your side
• WE PLAY DOWNHILL!!!
Ball Levels
• Level 1 - QB on the LOS
• Handoff/option
• Run read
• Level 2- QB off the LOS diagonal or straight back in front of back
• Could be run or pass
• We will read as run
• Level 3 - QB drop back, cleared back
• Pass, we read as pass
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Inside Linebackers – Practice Priorities
Daily Drills
• Reads and Responsibilities (Read your guard)
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3 Tackle (stay on the back hip)
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Bags (agilities)
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V-Z Drill
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Shuffle Alley Shuffle
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Taking on a block
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Arm Rip
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Outside Linebackers
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Eagan Wildcat Defense 2014
Outside Linebackers – Absolutes
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Play fast
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Maintain leverage
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Steel cables
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Block destruction
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Tackle with aggression
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Finish
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Eagan Wildcat Defense 2014
Outside Linebackers – Practice Priorities
Areas of Focus
• Alignment (including stances and stemming)
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Reads & Responsibilities (our first read is typically the Tackle or TE)
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Block destruction (we are most often blocked by a pulling guard, a leading fullback, a
cracking wide receiver or the tight end lined up in front of us)
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Tackling (always know where your help is…never miss “wrong”)
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Pass Rush Techniques (bull rush or dip & rip)
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Zone Pass Drops (we almost always “quarter out”)
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Man Pass Coverage (maintain inside position and always know where the safety help is)
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Outside Linebackers – Practice Priorities
Stances / Reads
Apex Alignment (aka Notre Dame)
• Half way between OT and inside WR, 2-3 Yards off the Line of Scrimmage
• Feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart
• Sprinter type alignment
• Flat back, bent forward
• Hands relaxed
• Eyes on the crown of the OT’s helmet (fire out=run, high hat=pass)
• Weight on the front foot, back foot ready to drive you forward on a run read
• Don’t go until you know…once you know, you gotta go!
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Eagan Wildcat Defense 2014
Outside Linebackers – Practice Priorities
Stances / Reads (continued)
TE Tilt Alignment (aka Wisconsin)
• Two yards off and two yards outside the TE, 45 degree angle, staring right at the TE
• Feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart
• Heal to toe alignment
• Flat back, bent forward
• Hands relaxed
• Eyes on the crown of the TE’s helmet (down block=run, fire off the line=pass)
• Ready to attack the spot the TE just left aggressively, likely to meet FB or pulling guard
TE Balanced Alignment (aka Crotch)
• Inside foot aligned close enough to kick the TE in the “crotch”
• Feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart
• Heal to toe alignment
• Flat back, bent forward
• Hands ready to fire into the TE’s chest plate on first move
• Weight balanced
• Loosen up to 1 yard off and center up on the TE if we are in man coverage. Do not give
up an easy inside release.
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Outside Linebackers – Practice Priorities
Daily Drills
• Shuffle
• Alley
• Back pedal
• Quarter Out
• V-Z Drill
• Read the Tackle
• Read the TE
• Taking on blocks
• Dip & Rip
• Scoop & Score
• INT, tuck it away, get outside, score a TD…
Every drill we spend time on will directly correlate to improving our Outside Linebackers in one of
our 7 areas of focus.
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Eagan Wildcat Defense 2014
Defensive Backs
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Eagan Wildcat Defense 2014
Defensive Backs – Absolutes
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Eye discipline
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Aggressive
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Confidence
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Short memory
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Footwork/technique
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Pursuit angles
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Ball is the issue
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Finish
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Eagan Wildcat Defense 2014
Defensive Backs – Practice Priorities
Stance (bend at the waist, bend knees, keep your tail up and shoulders down, back should be flat,
head up and eyes forward on the QB)
• Feet – staggered with a heel to toe relationship, no wider than shoulder width
• Arms – relaxed, hanging down from the shoulder
• Weight – balanced over both feet to eliminate any false stepping
Block Protection
• Stalk – keep inside leverage, refuse to be blocked, must be physical
• Cut Block – keep your head up, use your hands to push blocker to the ground
• Crack – must be vocal, crack & replace
Tackling
• Run, gather, sideline, and receiver close
• Open Field – keep head up, eyes open, feet moving and attack
• Pursuit Angle – understand where your help is, run to where ball carrier is going, not
where he is
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Eagan Wildcat Defense 2014
Defensive Backs – Practice Priorities
Zone Coverage Concepts
• QB reads – 3 step, 5 step and set & transfer
• Receiver and route reads per coverage
• Play Action, Bootleg, and Sprint Out
Ball & Interception Techniques
• Deep ball fade and range
• Angle break interception
• Underneath zone – QB reads, zone flood
• Man coverage concepts and techniques
• Press Man Technique – Gather release, Gather Hands, Mirror, Vertical transition
• Off Man Technique – Eyes To Finish, Pedal Cushion, Vertical, Fade, Post, Post Corner
• Catch and Leverage Technique (Inside Receiver)
• Coverage Responsibilities
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Defensive Backs – Practice Priorities
Coaching Points
• Stance – stem coverage, movement is the key, “Don’t stand in quick sand”, move around
• Alignment – will vary depending on down and distance, speed of receiver, your speed, field
conditions, etc.
• Assignment – must understand what your job is every play, learn what to do and how to do it.
“Do Your Job and Your Job Only”. Practice hard and fast, develop a sense of urgency.
Position Attributes
• Corner – must be able to run and cover, has to defend the fastest player on the field. Must be
mentally tough, must have a short memory.
• Falcon – must be a coach on the field, must have a great understanding of the defense called,
must make coverage calls and checks.
• Hawk – must be physical, must be a great tackler, must be able to cover the flats, and ½ field.
Defensive Back Characteristics
• Pride in your ability to be the best (great work ethic)
• Desire to be the best (sense of urgency)
• Confidence to want the ball thrown your way (be the guy)
• Aggressive enough to go after the ball (be physical)
• Poise to have a short memory (getting beat is part of the game)
• The most important play is The Next Play!
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Defensive Backs – Practice Priorities
Daily Drills
• Stance, Shuffle, Pedal,& Plant
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Pedal Turn, Pedal Turn & Go
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Plant & Recover
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Cushion
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Post Corner
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Straight Line
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Catch Up
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