Youth Football Unbalanced Formation Adjustment
By FirstDown PlayBook on Dec 5, 2019

THIS IS A SIMPLE BASE ADJUSTMENT OUT OF A 5-3 BEAR FRONT TO AN UNBALANCED HEAVY FORMATION.

UNBALANCED HEAVY IS DEFINED AS A FORMATION WITH A STRONG 5 MAN SIDE O-LINE & OR TIGHT END.

SCHEME: 5 DOWN LINEMEN – 3 LINEBACKERS – 3 DEFENSIVE BACKS. PLAY MAN COVERAGE ON THE 5 ELIGIBLE RECEIVERS COUNTING OUTSIDE IN. CORNERS COVER #1 OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS COVER #2 MIKE LINEBACKER COVERS #3

THE INSIDE LB OR FREE SAFETY WILL MAKE A STRENGTH CALL THAT TELLS THE DEFENSE WHERE TO LINE UP. THE STRENGTH CALL CAN BE MADE TO:

-A FORMATION OR BACKFIELD SET

-THE FIELD OR BOUNDARY

-AN INDIVIDUAL PLAYER

VS THIS UNBALANCED OR HEAVY FORMATION THE LB’S SHOULD CHECK “HEAVY”.

THE DEFENSE WILL BE NOW SET ONE OFFENSIVE MAN OVER TO THE HEAVY SIDE.

THE HEAVY SIDE GUARD WILL NOW BE TREATED AS IF HE IS THE CENTER.

ALL ASSIGNMENTS ARE REFERENCED AS IF THE GUARD WERE TREATED AS THE CENTER.

NOSE GUARD: 0 TECHNIQUE. KEY THE BALL AND THE CENTER.

RUN: DEFEAT THE BLOCK OF THE CENTER OR ADJACENT GUARD & WIN TO THE BALL SIDE.

PASS: RUSH THE QB IN EITHER A GAP. (THIS CAN BE PRE-DETERMINED)

TACKLES: 3 TECHINIQUE. KEY THE BALL AND GUARD.

RUN TO YOU: DEFEND THE B GAP WITH OUTSIDE ARM & LEG FREE.

RUN AWAY: SQUEEZE DOWN THE L.O.S. AND PURSUE THE FOOTBALL.

PASS: RUSH THE QB IN THE B GAP.

STRONG END: EDGE TECHNIQUE

RUN TO YOU: DEFEND THE D GAP WITH OUTSIDE ARM FREE.

RUN AWAY: RE-DIRECT DOWN THE L.O.S. LOOKING FOR CUTBACK. THEN PURSUE THE FOOTBALL.

VS PASS: CONTAIN PASS RUSH.

WEAK END: EDGE TECHNIQUE. ALIGN ON THE L.O.S. KEY THE TACKLE & NEAREST BACK.

RUN TO YOU. CONTAIN ANY RUN WITH OUTSIDE ARM & LEG FREE. SQUEEZE THE C GAP BY DEFEATING THE BLOCK.

RUN AWAY: RE-DIRECT DOWN THE L.O.S. LOOKING FOR CUTBACK. THEN PURSUE THE FOOTBALL.

VS PASS: CONTAIN PASS RUSH.

SAM LB: 7 TECHNIQUE ON THE TE (WING). DEPTH CAN VARY FROM ON LOS TO 5 YARDS. KEY: TE.

RUN PLAY TO YOU: C GAP.

PLAY AWAY: FOLD & SCRAPE. THINK CUTBACK.

PASS: COVER #2 ELIGIBLE (TIGHT END) MAN TO MAN.

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