Attacking Defensive Line Play for the 3-4 Defense
with Paul Creighton, UC-Davis Assistant Coach;
former Colorado State University-Pueblo Assistant Coach/Defensive Line;
In 2012, CSU-Pueblo ranked in the Top 20 nationally for rush defense, allowing just 108 yards per game and only eight rushing touchdowns
Paul Creighton has led the Colorado State-Pueblo defensive line attack to back-to-back Top 20 national rankings in rush defense. In this video, Coach Creighton gives an in-depth look at his defensive line development, including philosophy, fundamentals and video examples of drills that will create aggressive, attacking two-way defensive linemen.
In this 3-4 defense, Coach Creighton's players align head-up to create a "two-way go." He teaches his players how to read and destruct blocks, explaining his strategy from philosophy through execution. He does a great job of explaining the reasons why you should or shouldn't do certain things in this defense. Although Coach Creighton's defensive line scheme is quite unique, there are many elements of it that can be used in any scheme you might play.
In the fundamentals section of the video, he teaches the stance footwork and strike that create dominant defensive linemen. He covers:
- The "AAKTF" (Alignment, Assignment, Key, Technique and Finish) thought process for defensive linemen. Creighton explains each component in detail and gives drills to become more efficient in each aspect. A player who understands the "AAKTF" thought process is more likely to play faster with less thinking. This process can be applied to all positions on the field.
- How to use the proper footwork, most importantly the first two steps, to be an effective defensive lineman. Taking the proper first two steps allows defensive linemen to keep their hips square at the line of scrimmage and maintain leverage throughout the play. As Coach Creighton points out, "most battles up front are won in the first two steps."
- How to properly strike the offensive linemen with great hand position and placement. This gives the player the opportunity to create separation and find the ball carrier.
- The importance of understanding how to read your key. Reacting quickly and properly to your key is vital to the success of the play. Coach Creighton thoroughly explains the difference between an aggressive block, non-aggressive block, and a pass set.
Train your line to attack before reacting and force your opponent out of their offensive game plan.
2013.Attacking Linebacker Play in the 3-4 Defense
with Hunter Hughes,
CSU-Pueblo Defensive Coordinator; 2014 NCAA D-II National Champions;
2011 FootballScoop.com Division II Coordinator of the Year
Under Hunter Hughes' leadership, the CSU-Pueblo defense played in big part in the 2014 national title. Coach Hughes' squad finished first in the nation in:
- points allowed - 12.8
- defensive touchdowns - 7
- turnovers gained - 43
- interceptions - 29
In fact, the defense has finished in the top 25 nationally in points allowed for seven consecutive years (2009-14), including first in the nation in 2014 and 2011. This DVD offers a look at how they do it year-after-year. Coach Hughes takes you through his drill package for attacking linebacker play and uses game footage to illustrate the key concepts used in the Thunder Wolves' 3-4 Defensive Package.
Listen in as Coach Hughes provides teaching points for turning your linebackers into "heat seeking missiles." His instruction covers:
- Four types of pursuit and proper keys for linebacker play in the 3-4 defense
- Eight everyday drills that teach proper footwork and taking-on and coming-off of blocks
- Open field and goal line tackling drills that force players to be physical and use correct technique
- Tips on how to "play fast" and attack the line of scrimmage through any "open windows" that may appear
Coach Hughes explains the one gap structure of the Thunder Wolves defense and the philosophy behind it. In addition to proper footwork, he discusses the importance of understanding flow to and from the player, as well as inside and outside threats. Hughes explains the importance of coaching linebackers to play deep, move down hill and attack the ball carrier inside/out with the shoulders square to the line of scrimmage.
Using game footage, Hughes explains all of the reads linebackers will see in a game. He also covers communication between linebackers and how it can be used to "play fast."
Any coach running the 3-4-including those who coach eight-player teams-will benefit from the instruction contained in this informative DVD.
Your defense can achieve the next level of competitive play; let Hunter Hughes show you how!
82 minutes. 2013.Attacking Defensive Back Play in the 3-4 Defense
with Donnell Leomiti,
CSU-Pueblo Assistant Coach/Defensive Backs, 2014 NCAA D-II National Champions;
led the nation in interceptions (29) in 2014 - CSU-Pueblo ranked in the top 10 nationally in interceptions in three straight seasons (2009-11).
In 2014, Donnell Leomiti's defensive backfield was the best in the nation, ranking first in interceptions (29) as the CSU-Pueblo defense held opponents to the lowest points per game figure in the country (12.8). It was the second time in four years Leomiti's defensive backs led the nation in interceptions, as the squad also finished first in the nation in 2011.
Learn the skills that have transformed his defensive backs-including three All Americans since 2011-into some of the strongest and most successful players in the nation. Leomiti covers key principles, including: instilling the right culture/philosophy and emphasizing turnovers, competitions, and drills to improve performance both individually and collectively. You'll learn:
- 11 drills to increase turnover ratio
- The "Be Attitudes of a DB" -Be Here, Be Coachable, Be Accountable, Be Tough, Be Confident, Be Disciplined, Be Optimistic/Opportunistic. Coach Leomiti explains how players demonstrate each attitude and how each attitude enhances a culture of winning.
- The importance of being a great tackler who uses proper technique and communication to enable the secondary to "control the game."
- How to incorporate the entire team in drills that are beneficial to both sides of the ball.
- How different coverages/schemes that provide various strengths and weaknesses contribute to the defensive "vision."
The foundation of Leomiti's highly successful coaching strategy is emphasizing areas that need the most improvement. Using team drills and a discussion of culture and philosophy, Leomiti shows how to get the most from defensive backs-both on and off the field.
39 minutes. 2013.Zone Read Scheme Rules, Techniques and Drills
with Chris Symington,
former CSU-Pueblo Assistant Coach/Offensive Line Coordinator;
helped turn around an offensive unit that ranked in the bottom 10 nationally in rushing yards in 2008 into the nation's 14th-best running attack in 2009
There is a misconception that a zone team is a "finesse" team. However, a zone offensive scheme can be physical as well. Chris Symington uses a white board and game film examples to teach simple rules for inside and outside zone plays. Learn how to develop physical players who can demonstrate the patience required to run an effective zone scheme.
Coach Symington begins with an in-depth discussion of the inside zone. He covers rules, techniques and drills before moving on to the fundamentals of zone blocking. Learn how to use the proper footwork to achieve offensive line cohesion. By taking the proper steps as a group, linemen will promote defensive "distortion," which allows the running back to easily find a seam.
Coach Symington illustrates the interplay between a covered offensive lineman or "lead" and an uncovered offensive lineman or "trail." He provides a thorough explanation of how the rules and steps of both contribute to successful zone play.
Also covered in this DVD is the outside zone. Coach Symington goes into great detail, again using rules, techniques and drills. He illustrates the split side zone and the toss play that have contributed to CSU-Pueblo's reputation as one of the nation's best producers of offensive linemen and running backs.
Whether you're experienced in zone play, just beginning or somewhere in the middle, this DVD will provide tips, ideas and drills to improve your scheme.
69 minutes. 2013.Teaching and Installing the ThunderWolf Passing Game
with Daren Wilkinson,
CSU-Pueblo Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach, 2014 NCAA D-II National Champions
Offensive Coordinator Darren Wilkinson has created a detailed, yet simple-to-teach passing game system as a part of his offense at Colorado State University-Pueblo. In addition to providing a walk through of a play action, quick, and drop back passing play and their protections, Coach Wilkinson demonstrates how he uses video game technology to teach skill players the various elements of his offense.
Coach Wilkinson provides a detailed explanation of three key plays in the ThunderWolf passing attack:
- Saturn - a high percentage play action passing play that's good against any coverage
- Stick - a quick passing game play that will flood the playside and give your quarterback an easy read to key
- Packer - a drop back passing play that can explode for huge yardage regardless of the coverage
Coach Wilkinson covers each play, position-by-position, including the wide receivers, running backs, and quarterbacks and how they're taught to run each play.
He coaches a "closed" and "open" read for the quarterback that enhances decision making and results in a higher completion rate. Wilkerson shows how his players have learned to "shave" the speed out so defenders can't undercut the route for an easy interception.
Also included is a separate explanation on pass protections for each of the plays. Wilkerson covers the intricacies of each protection against both odd and even fronts and how the protection fits the route package.
With the use of a Playstation, CoachWilkerson demonstrates how he uses video game technology to instill his formations and pass plays. He shows how he uses this technology to quiz his quarterbacks in their position meetings and how each one gets an incredible number of "mental reps" by simply playing a game.
Wilkinson is an experienced coach who is a master teacher when it comes to the offensive passing game. His explanations and creative use of technology will surely help any offensive coordinator better develop faster-thinking, smarter football players.
66 minutes. 2013.Drills and Schemes for Special Teams
with John Wristen, CSU-Pueblo Head Coach; 2014 NCAA D-II National Champions;
2011 American Football Monthly National Coach of the Year
National Coach of the Year John Wristen took the CSU-Pueblo program from a startup to a #1 ranking in just three years. In this video, Coach Wristen explores the multiple phases of the Thunderwolves' special teams game. He covers schemes, drills, and numerous coaching points to provide simple solutions to the complex challenges associated with punt, punt return, kickoff and kickoff return teams.
The punt return team represents a chance to score on defense as well as a chance to gain great field position for your offense. Coach Wristen covers his "Hammer" team goals and coaching points, the Hammer Circuit drill set, the Expose Drill, and his punt return schemes.
The number one way to help control field position is a great punt team. Coach Wristen uses the huddle as an advantage on his punt team. By getting to the line and punting the ball within a few seconds, he minimizes the return team's chances to set up a block or return. He discusses regular shield and rugby-style punting schemes, as well as punt protection, punt coverage and a leverage drill.
Learn schemes and drills to improve starting field position. Wristen covers both middle and trap, or sideline, returns. His middle return will help coaches respond to kicking teams that try to pin returners into corners.
Set the tone for the upcoming defensive drive. Wristen shares his kickoff philosophy, schemes and adjustments. He uses a SAG and GAS call to move his gunners and safeties around on kickoff teams. This prevents opponents from isolating key players and successfully returning the kickoff against your team. He also gives you a second Expose Drill that he uses to evaluate both kickoff and kickoff return personnel.
Video footage is provided for each special team and the techniques needed. By simplifying each technique, Wristen has created a way to maximize repetitions and limit the time needed to teach and administer special teams.
Coach Wristen's detailed looked at his specials teams units and effective drills will help improve any program in the country.
89 minutes. 2013.
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