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June 2012

June 2012


The “No Name Defense” – Mixing personnel, fronts, and coverages along with stunts and blitzes can continually keep an offense off-balance.

by: Caleb King
Defensive Coordinator, Havelock High School (NC)
© June 2012

Coaches often ask me what we call our defense? “What defense do you run: 3-5-3, 4-3, 4-4, 5-2, or the 3-4?” Our response is, “The one that works.” If pressed to answer, our personnel is best described as a 3-4 but we line up in everything from a 3-4 to 4-3 to 3-3-5 to a 4-6 Bear. Some defensive coordinators do not want the offense to dictate what they do, but we do not look at it that way. We want to dictate to the offense what plays they can run. For example, if they are an “I” formation team, we are going to run our under front “Eagle” or “Bear” because we want to take away the weak Iso and the TE power play (See Diagrams 1 and 4).

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