Looking for some suggestions for an effective defense in an 8 on 8 league. (7/8 yr olds)
Some of the rules specific to our league:
3 down linemen must line head up with offensive C, RG, LG. Must be at least 1 yard off line.
3 linemen are only players that can rush the pocket.
Defensive ends may cross the line of scrimmage, but cannot enter pocket until ball carrier breaks out.
From past experience, there is little problem getting a rush from the front 3 defenders. Kids this age either don't block well, or are not taught to block well. Rarely does a middle run cause any problems. The main problem I see is containing on outside runs and reverses.
I plan on coaching up the end position to contain the outside run at all costs. Beyond this however, I am without any solid strategy for my 3 remaining players. My first thought is to play 2 linebackers wide, reading the gaps inside and outside the ends. That leaves one safety who I would play deep and have read pass first, then find the ball in run support.
Another idea was to have one of my defensive tackles crash down on the center to hopefully free up the nose for a clean rush. I would then have my other tackle drop into the middle center of the field and flow to the ball. The purpose for this is to provide more coverage in the center of the field where I think a weakness occurs with 5 of 8 players crashing the opponents backfield.
Any input or additional suggestions anxiously awaited.
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