Defensive Answers To 7on7 Empty Formations
By FirstDown PlayBook on Jun 15, 2019

Right or wrong, when you are a defensive coordinator and you walk out onto a 7on7 football field, you know that you are in for an unfair competition. Offensive coordinators may bristle at the notion that the playing field is tilted in their favor, but common sense would back up the defensive coaches on this one.

Having said this, we don’t think that anyone, on either side of the ball thinks that 7on7 competitions are a waste of time or anything. Anytime you can get out on the football field and play the game, it’s a chance to get better.

Defensive coordinators have to be careful though to make sure that their defensive players don’t become frustrated before the ball is ever snapped in an eleven man football setting. The other thing that defensive coordinators need to guard against is creating defenses that are designed just to win at 7on7 competition.

Bad habits are hard to break once the fall arrives and as we just mentioned, the main reason for participating in 7on7 is to get better for the regular season.

We spoke with a high school coach this week who was getting ready for a 7on7 tournament. He was trying to get as prepared as he could for the many different empty formations he was sure he was going to see. We pointed him to this valuable section in FirstDown PlayBook.

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