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May 2008

May 2008


Defending the Spread\'s Outside Runs with the 30 Stack

There are a few myths about attacking an Odd Stack defense. First, spread\'em out and run between the tackles. Second, bring\'em in tight and run wide.
by: Michael Parker
© May 2008

DISPELLING MYTH #1

The thinking with the first myth is that they only have little guys inside and you can pound them with your bigger offensive linemen. Not necessarily, says odd stack disciple Jim Girard, defensive coordinator of Massachusetts state champ Wayland High School.

“Obviously when you are using smaller kids, then size becomes a concern,” says Girard. “But, if we can train our kids to stay low, then it shouldn’t be much of an advantage for the offense. We are looking for the wrestler type kid in our front, who can move. It is all about leverage. Leverage is everything in this game, especially in high school.

“So inside, we still feel confident even though we might be outsized. With our 30 Stack, we are putting six kids from tackle to tackle and outnumber the offense inside. And we blitz ....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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