Georgia Tough Situation For Defense...need Help.
Posted 21 September 2011 - 10:29 PM
Even though the coaches play dirty, the opposing QB is a great kid, he is consistently accurate and can throw the length of the field if someone is open...he can do this 9 out of 10 times. He is also good on the run and can squeeze out a pass prior to crossing the LOS. They have 2 very quick kids that can run faster sideways than most of the players can run forward and the other 2 players have good hands and running skills to round out the five.
How do I defend against this?
I have practiced with zone mostly, using a 1-1-3 and a 2-3 defense. Switching to man-to-man is going to be hard. If I run a 2-3 the coaches are smart enough to send a receiver out between my 2 defensive tackles and deep pass coverage. With the 2-3 I may shutdown their QB but leave a very good receiver open in the short game who can grind me out. If I run a 1-1-3, I let the QB open to running the ball if he beats my single defender and I can promise you now that QB is tough to cover 1 on 1 when he can throw a short pass when cornered.... My "middle-linebacker" has so much area to cover in a 1-1-3 too.
How do I defend against this?
Posted 22 September 2011 - 08:16 AM
On a personal note, I work hard to not cave in and play my stars just to stay competitive. Our team wins or loses as a team and the kids take notice when they see another team focusing on a one or two kids for all the touches and feel bad for the other kids. In the end, its more important to teach values and fair play than win at all costs. Just my opinion.
Posted 22 September 2011 - 08:26 PM
I also happen to agree 100% with the philosophy. Don't get caught up in the bs that is going on with the league. Stick to your team philosophy as your players will be looking to see how your react under this type of situation. If you a have been preaching team all year and then sit certain players in this situation you will lose your teams respect and won't matter if you go back to your old substitution pattern the next game.
I would also talk this up big in pre-game. Let them know that they are the underdogs, that it isn''t fair but there are a lot of things that will come up in their life that isn't fair and it's how you handle these situations win or lose that matter that make you a winner. . Let them know if you stick together and play like a team and stay disciplined that you can beat them and that you can do it the right way. Win or lose make sure that you tell them how proud of them you are after the game.
Good luck coach, let us know the outcome.
Posted 25 September 2011 - 06:12 AM
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Posted 28 October 2011 - 11:44 AM
we probably ran 200 blitzes this year and never pulled a flag before the ball was thrown, but we did block 3 passes and hurried just about every throw. in our last game, we really perfected the defense and we had 1 blocked pass, 4 INT's, and 3 tackles for loss.
what I found is the kids never take a sack and they just throw it up. a lot of times they got the pass to the receiver, but either the pass was lofted and therefore easily defended because the QB was hurried or just simply thrown inaccurately and were much more difficult to catch. i was surprised with how effective this was. we were the only team to send 2 blitzers and we gave up an average of only 1 TD per game.