3-4 Defense Alignment, Benefits, Philosophy IntegrationJosh AbbottEDU 209 S
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 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 DECB CB MLB MLB CB OLB MLB OLB CB SS FS SS 4-3 5-2 FS Defense easily translates to a 4-3, 3-5-3, 4-4 or 5-2
Pursuit Angles Ball FlowGo towards where the ball will be, not where it is.
Cover 2 Protect flats. Deep halves. Coverages C DE NT DE C OLB OLB ILB ILB SS FS
Cover 3 Protect flats and the middle of the field. Coverages Deep thirds. C DE NT DE C OLB OLB ILB ILB SS FS
Man Short yardage coverage. Coverages Physical. C DE NT DE C OLB OLB ILB ILB SS FS
Bringing Pressure: Defensive Line Slant DE NT DEDE NT DE Angle Pinch Opposite DE NT DE DE NT DE Contain DE NT DE