Playing a team this week that has had success most of the season running behind pulling guards.
We tell our defensive lineman to follow the pulling guards. It should take them to the ball carrier. But this team is good at making it happen very very quickly.
I'm thinking we should have our linebackers react very hard and very fast to the pull and target the back end of the pulling guard and look for the ball carrier right behind him on every time they pull.
We run a 4 4 and we also run a 5-3. Wondering if anybody has an opinion on how to best defend against this. Thank you.
Am I late to the party? 🤣 I haven't posted here in quite a while. Even though this was several months back, I'll throw out a few comments. The first one (which applies to all youth sports when a coach is going through something like this) is to find a few key skills and do them really well. For example, become experts at fake handoffs and misdirection. Secondly, I would agree with chiefs67, don't give up. Communicate with the parents and players. Simplify things like chiefs did and be sure to encourage the heck of your players when you see them doing something right and improving.
On a personal note to chiefs, you probably did a few of those kids a favor as I'm sure they'll be good and ready next year.