An Introduction to Today's Spread Offense

One of the really fun things about coaching football is being able to choose what kind of offensive and defensive tactics are going  to be utilized during a season or game. It’s kind of like being the General in a military operation. You sit down with your staff...

Heart of the Wing-T

During my twenty eight years of coaching high school football I coached at every level and just about every position. I finished up my last ten years as a defensive coordinator. But I was never a head coach in football. I used to think about being a head coach and...

Beginners Guide to the 3-5-3 Defense

Have you noticed the evolution in defenses? I can remember way back in the 1960’s that five, six, and seven man defensive lines were common. The 5-2, 5-3, 6-2, and 7-1 were all utilized. Heck, I can remember a few EIGHT man lines! The NFL had been using the 4-3...

Beginners Guide To The 4-3 Defense

The 4-3 defense has been one of the most popular, if not THE most popular defenses of the last 60 years. How did it develop and where did it come from?  It came from the old 6-1 that was, of course, designed to stop the run.  It featured two defensive guards, two...

4-3 Install, Blitz, Coverage, and More

[divider_flat] Take me to this 5 video series The former Defensive Coordinator at Wabash College had a tough job ahead of him when he took over at Westfield in 2010, but a turnaround was never in doubt.  Now, Coach Jake Gilbert has them rolling.  Since 2013 the...