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June 2005

June 2005


Defending the Red Zone

Adjusting Man Free in the Red Zone
Defensive Coordinator , Christopher Newport University
© June 2005

All football coaches understand the importance of winning those two or three games each season that are won (or lost) by a touchdown or less. The difference in those types of games can usually be determined by getting at least one big stop in the red zone. We spend two 15-minute segments per week on our red zone package. Our red zone coverages are easy adjustments (1 zone and 1 man) from our base coverages. In this article we will concentrate on those red zone adjustments from our man-free scheme.


In order to discuss these red zone adjustments we must first look at some of the basics. We teach all of our man-free pick-ups with a system based on two deep/man under. Also, we teach our defensive players a system that only allows the offense to....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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