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Defending the Spread


  "At St X, you play defense until you play offense", - Steve Specht
The 3-3-5 Bomber Defense - Steve Specht Head Coach St Xavier

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St. Xavier High School (Cincinnati) Head Coach Steve Specht uses an odd stack – a 3-3-5 – as his base defense. His philosophy in the box is to employ read scheme techniques and behind that go five across in the secondary to disguise coverages. A two-time state champion, Specht is one of the most respected defensive minds in the nation. He recently completed a four-set series of DVDs on Zone Read Principles, Coverages, Blitzes, and Defending the Spread.

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Adapting the Up Tempo Spread to Today's Wing-T


Left: Rex Lardner Interviews Nansemond-Suffolk Academy Head Coach Lew Johnston on this exciting set of Up Tempo Spread Wing-T videos.

1. Installation 67 mins
2. The Run Game 74 mins
3. The Run Game Bonus Footage Game Film
4. The Passing Game 76 mins
5. The Passing Game Bonus Footage Game Film
6. Attacking Defenses 71 mins

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In Season QB Drills For Improved Decision Making

At Meade HS (MD), we have not had the luxury of bringing a QB up through our system. This is due to military transfers as we are located on Fort Meade. We must spend a good deal of time training the footwork and fundamentals when we are allowed to in the off season and summer. …

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Practicing vs. Option Offenses: What We Do to Teach Assignment Football

One of the hardest things to teach a defense to do is to play assignment football. When we are faced with this problem, we do some things to help out players to play their assignments and slow down the option offense. Each player must understand what assignment they have in our base defense, blitz defense …

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  • Zone Defense on the Goal Line - To be efficient in this zone defense, give each player a specific responsibility.
  • Shotgun Snapping in a Run-First Offense - Teaching proper techniques and practicing as many reps as possible will improve the performance of your shotgun snapper.
  • The Art of the Interception – Proper positioning and anticipation are two prerequisites for making an interception.
  • Taking the No-Huddle Offense to the West Coast – Combining the West Coast offense with an up-tempo, no-huddle system can result in a powerful running and passing attack.

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    Lakewood (OH)
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