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  • 1. 3-4 Defense Alignment, Benefits, Philosophy IntegrationJosh AbbottEDU 209
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Philosophy• Defensive Linemen and Linebackers support the run first.• Defensive Backs defend against the pass first.• Pressure by the Linemen and Linebackers creates coverage.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. Schemes• Adjust to opposing offenses effectively.• Disguise coverages.• Hide blitz.• Multiple players can “spy”. cm-life.com
  • 6. Schemes• Defense easily translates to a 4-3, 3-5-3, 4-4 or 5-2 DE DT DE DE DT 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 DECB CB MLB MLB CB OLB MLB OLB CB SS FS 4-3 SS 5-2 FS
  • 7. Pursuit AnglesGo towards where the ball will be, not where it is. Ball Flow
  • 8. CoveragesCover 2• Protect flats.• Deep halves. C DE NT DE C OLB OLB ILB ILB SS FS
  • 9. CoveragesCover 3• Protect flats and the middle of the field.• Deep thirds. C DE NT DE C OLB OLB ILB ILB SS FS
  • 10. CoveragesMan• Short yardage coverage.• Physical. C DE NT DE C OLB OLB ILB ILB SS FS
  • 11. Bringing Pressure: Defensive Line Angle Slant DE NT DEDE NT DE Pinch Opposite DE NT DE DE NT DE Contain DE NT DE
  • 12. Bringing Pressure:Inside Linebackers• Backside A-Gap • Playside B-Gap • Playside C-Gap DE NT DEOLB OLB ILB ILB • Playside A-Gap
  • 13. Bringing Pressure:Outside Linebackers • B-Gap • A-Gap • C-Gap DE NT DE OLB OLB ILB ILB
  • 14. Bringing Pressure: Defensive Backs• Corner Blitz C DE NT DE C OLB OLB ILB ILB • Free Safety Blitz SS FS • Strong Safety Blitz
  • 15. Bringing Pressure: Combo BlitzInsideOutsideOverload C DE NT DE C OLB OLB ILB ILB SS FS
  • 16. Review• Maximizes athlete skill.• Balanced• Fast to the ball.• Easy to shift formations.• Disguise coverages.• Brings pressure from all over the field.