University of Texas assistant coach and former University of Louisville assistant coach, Brian Jean-Mary, explains the “Steeler” zone blitz scheme. This blitz is designed to take away any chance the opponent has of running the ball to the strong side of their formation by plugging every gap.
Drill Summary: This is a hashmark defense blitz. Formations can be seen in the video above, and Coach Jean-Mary typically runs this out of an Under set. The Mike linebacker cancels the B-gap, the Sam linebacker rushes the outside and the end long sticks and cancels the A-Gap. Meanwhile, the strong safety comes down to fill the C-gap, preventing all openings on the strong side of the formation.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Brian Jean-Mary: Zone Blitz Scheme vs. Spread Offense.” Browse other world class Football videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!
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Marquette University head coach and U.S. Men’s Lacrosse National Team assistant coach, Joe Amplo, shows you a drill for positioning on defense. To keep offensive players from gaining an advantage, being in the right spot on the field depending on the location of the ball is crucial for a team’s success.
Drill Summary: This drill is designed to work on a defender’s approach off of two passes. Set up with a single defender five yards in front of the goal (landmark position), an offensive player 10 yards behind the cage, an offensive player on the wing and one more out front. When the ball is with the offensive player out front, the defender should be in landmark position. As it’s passed to the wing, the defender should begin their approach and get to roughly halfway between landmark and their man (the player behind the cage). If the ball is passed to the player behind the cage, the defender completes their approach while staying in a good stance. During the drill, pass the ball between the offensive players at full speed and have the defender work on their positioning.
The approach is an essential part of individual defense and preventing opposing players from getting where they want to go. Jon Torpey, head coach High Point University, uses the “V-Footwork” drill to get his athletes tons of reps that will help them be ready to execute an approach during a game.
Drill Summary: Set up with a single line of players. In front of the line about 5-7 yards away at a 45 degree angle on both sides is a cone. Athletes alternate taking off and executing a straight up approach on the cones. When approaching, players should come out hard, chop their feet, plant their foot at the cone and take an aggressive step back. After that, chop feet again, gather and go wide outside. The drill is used to simulate forcing a dodger to their weak hand and initiating a contact check afterwards.
When players don’t have time to react to a hard-hit ball that’s coming at their head, sometimes the best way to defend it is to overhand dig. Kevin Hambly, University of Illinois head coach, teaches you how to effectively get the ball in the air using proper overhand digging technique.
Drill Summary: You can train players to overhand dig by hitting balls at them – slow or fast velocity. Regardless of how fast a ball is hit, it’s best for the player to get their center of gravity directly underneath the ball by shuffling, if they’re able, before hitting it. It’s also essential to keep shoulders forward and avoid setting the ball. Slapping the ball is better than setting it to avoid getting called for a carry.
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Roy Williams, University of North Carolina head coach, is gunning for the third national championship of his storied coaching career. Coach Williams presents a drill called “Mine Field” in this clip that’ll teach your players how to weave around screens on defense and deny a perimeter player the ball.
Drill Summary: Set up with a player/coach on the block with a pad and a player/coach on the same side elbow with a pad. On the same side of the court as those two people, have a wing player without a ball. On the other wing should be a player/coach with a ball. Underneath the basket on the opposite block is a single file line of players.
One at a time, players from the single file line run around (outside) the player/coach on the block, cut back inside the player/coach on the elbow, then recover to deny and contest the wing player on the same side of the court. The opposite wing with the ball must throw a pass to the other wing as the players are weaving through the lane, trying to time it so the ball gets to the other wing just ahead of the players coming through the lane.
The goal of the drill for the players who come through the lane is to steal the pass or recover onto the offensive player. Make sure players deny with their arm closest to the ball and avoid overrunning.
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