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April 2013

April 2013


Inside Linebacker Reads in the 3-4 Defense – The 3-4 defense gives the inside linebackers a read on the uncovered guard through to the fullback.

by: Jack Beidler
Assistant Coach, Lebanon Valley College
© April 2013

The 3-4 defense gives the inside linebackers a read on the uncovered guard through to the fullback.

The 3-4 defense, or Okie front is very flexible and multiple, which is needed against today’s spread offensive attacks. The 3-4 defense has the ability to blitz any of the four linebackers, and, in the 3-4 secondary, a team can play multiple coverages, from zone to man.

This old school Okie defensive front has a built-in advantage for the inside linebackers.

The advantage of running the 3-4 defensive front is that it gives the inside linebackers a clear read on the uncovered guard though to the fullback. In our 3-4, the nose guard is attacking the center and demanding a double team. This tends to free up one of two ILBs. We like our nose guards to be able to play two gaps. The alignment of our two ILBs are at 4 ....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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