Thursday, May 12, 2016

The evolution of 4-3 Ds to stop the smashmouth spread

Over at Football Study Hall I broke down an evolving tactic from Over-Quarters defenses. Teams are mixing man and zone coverage and DE contain to allow them to handle the RPOs and play-action concepts that two-back spread teams can throw at them.

You see this some in the Big 12 from Oklahoma State and probably increasingly more from other teams as well. It's all about getting that +1 run defender close to the action in a way that fits a given secondary and the more schemes defenses have for doing so the better.

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