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December 2011

December 2011


Two-Back Run Fits – Teaching Fast Flow and Leverage in an 8-Man Box

by: Mike McMahon
Defensive Coordinator University of Mary
© December 2011

‘Fast Flow’ rules assign specific roles to each linebacker which creates an eighth defender and gives the defense an advantage.

One of the first lessons I learned as a young coach was grounded in Bill Walsh’s logic. He said, “A system should never reduce the game to the point where it simply blames the players for failure because they did not physically overwhelm the opponent.”

In my first year of college coaching, Coach Mike Van Diest – the exceptionally successful head coach at NAIA powerhouse Carroll College – explained that two-back run fits demand winning the numbers game against the offense. He called it “Fast Flow Rules,” and, now that I am a coordinator ten years later, much of my understanding of two-back run fits can be traced back to this system.

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