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October/November 2010

October/November 2010


Goal Line Defense: Lenape Valley’s 6-5 Scheme

by: Don Smolyn
Head Coach Lenape Valley High School (NJ)
© October/November 2010

When introducing our Goal Line Defense to our team, we stress from day one that we must stop the run at all cost – “We are fighting for inches not yards”. As a staff, three principles must be kept in mind at all times:

1. Instill in our players the mindset that “they cannot score by running the football on us – they must pass to score”. Also, attitude is as important as schemes and techniques.

2. Have a limited number of adjustments to formations and motions.

3. Install and be able to execute a limited number of stunts.

Base Alignment and Responsibilities
(Diagram 1)

We have developed specific assignments for our entire defensive personnel to increase our chances of success.

Defensive Guards are aligned in a four-point stance with their inside foot sli....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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