Youth Football 6-2 Pinch Bounces The Downhill Run Game
By FirstDown PlayBook on Mar 3, 2020

Some offensive formations are just built for getting downhill on your defense. You can find a lot of these formations on Saturday mornings across the country.

Why? Well it is primarily because a lot of youth football offenses are smart enough to play to their strengths. A strong inside run game is a lot more achievable than a spread offense built on your ten year old quarterback’s arm.

If you are coaching defense against one of these offenses you know it’s coming before the ball is snapped. Take the Power I formation below. You know you are about to get a whole mouthful of A and B gap run game for most of the game.

What can you do about it? Well one suggestion would be to pinch your defensive linemen and force everything to bounce outside. This makes the offense play laterally instead of downhill on you.

Check out this youth football defense below and if you are a FirstDown PlayBook coach you can tap on the drawing and get the complete coaching points. You can also see this defense fitted up vs 15 youth football formations and edit this defense for your playbook.

SCHEME: 4 DOWN LINEMEN – 4 LINEBACKERS – 3 DEFENSIVE BACKS.

OR: 6 DOWN LINEMEN – 2 LINEBACKERS – 3 DEFENSIVE BACKS.

WILL & SAM LB’S MAY BE IN A 3 POINT STANCE.

PLAY MAN COVERAGE ON THE 5 ELIGIBLE RECEIVERS COUNTING OUTSIDE IN.

CORNERS COVER #1 LINEBACKERS COVER #2 FREE SAFETY COVERS #3

THE INSIDE LBS OR FREE SAFETY WILL MAKE A STRENGTH CALL THAT TELLS THE DEFENSE WHERE TO LINE UP.

BOTH ENDS WILL PINCH INSIDE TO THE B GAP. THE INSIDE LB’S WILL BECOME C GAP RESPONSIBLE.

THE STRENGTH CALL CAN BE MADE TO:

-A FORMATION OR BACKFIELD SET

-THE FIELD OR BOUNDARY

-AN INDIVIDUAL PLAYER

ASSIGNMENTS:

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