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October/November 2013

October/November 2013


Multiple Looks from a 3-4 Defense to Slow Down an Up-Tempo Offense

by: Joe Willis
Head Coach Cedar Park High School (TX)
© October/November 2013

When we played Lake Travis High School four years ago, Chad Morris now the offensive coordinator at Clemson was the head coach. That year we had a short week of preparation for his up-tempo, no-huddle offense.

After a relatively good start in the first quarter, our defense broke down after a turnover in the second quarter. Their fast-paced offense began to take its toll on our defense as we struggled to line-up before the snap, became confused with the offensive packages they were using and seemed to be in many mismatches.

The confusion was our undoing that night. Coach Morris and his staff taught me a valuable lesson about the mechanics of the game, the officials, and the nature of the up-tempo game. Everything we have done since then has been about how we practice, how we pursue the ball, how we communicate, h....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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