Don’t Forget The Coaching Notes!!!

By FirstDown PlayBook on Jul 24, 2021

Don’t forget the Coaching Notes! We talked to a coach yesterday after the had been working on FirstDown PlayBook for a few hours. To our amazement (and his) he did not even know about the FirstDown PlayBook coaching notes that come with every play and defense.

To make our point, today we are going to take one defense drawing out of the thousands in FirstDown PlayBook and give you the coaching notes. This can come in handy when you are installing a defense like the 3-4 Bear defense we have drawn up here.

Of course you can edit the coaching notes to fit your system and personnel but talk about a time saver. If you are a young football coach and want to learn a little ball this isn’t a bad place to start either. So take a look below and remember…Don’t forget the coaching notes!

Call Side End Alignment: 3 Technique

Key: Guard & Tackle.

Run: B Gap.

Pass: Contain Pass Rush.

Nose Alignment: 0 Technique.

Key: Center & Call Side Guard.

Run: Call Side A Gap.

Pass: Call Side A Gap Pass Rush.

Away Side End Alignment: 3 Technique.

Key: Guard & Tackle.

Run: B Gap.

Pass: Two Way Go Pass Rush.

Will LB Alignment: Base On LOS – 9 Technique (TE).

Key: TE/Tackle To RB.

Run To: D Gap Charge – Set The Edge.

Run Away: Cutback To Contain To Chase.

Pass: Contain Pass Rush.

Sam LB Alignment: Base On LOS – 8 Technique (Outside TE). 

Key: RB Thru TE/Tackle.

Run To: Set The Edge – Win Outside Vs All Backs And Blocks.

Run Away: Cutback To Contain To Chase.

Pass: Man Cover RB Strong. If RB Weak – Be A Low Hole Player Or Add On To Pass Rush Or Spy QB (Possible Combo W Mike LB).

Jack LB Alignment: Base Off LOS – Stack The Nose (Adjust To Skill). 

Key: RB Thru Guard/Center Triangle.

Run: Weak A Gap To Scrape. 

Pass: Man Cover RB Weak. If RB Strong – Be A Low Hole Player Or Add On To Pass Rush Or Spy QB (Possible Combo W FS).

Mike LB Alignment: Base On LOS – 7 Technique (TE). 

Key: TE/Tackle To RB.

Run To: Attack TE; Base C Gap – Adjust Vs Tackle Pull.

Run Away: C Gap To Cutback To Pursuit.

Pass: Man Cover TE (Possible Combo W Sam LB).

Rotation Side Safety Alignment: 10-12 Yards Over TE (F). Roll Down On TE Prior To Snap.

Key: Tight End To RB.

Run To: Play Off TE And Will LB – Win Outside To The Ball.

Run Away: Man To Cutback To Pursuit. 

Pass: Man Cover TE (Possible Combo W Jack LB).

Deep Safety Alignment: 10-12 Yards Over #2. Roll To Deep Middle Prior To Snap.

Key: Backs/Ball Thru Tackle.

Run: Alley Inside Out. 

Pass: Deep Middle – Read QB.

Corner Over Alignment: Inside Leverage 5-7 Yards Off #2 WR.

Key: #2 WR.

Run To: Attack #2 And Take Him To The Ball – Win Outside Late. 

Run Away: Man To Cutback To Pursuit Angle. 

Pass: Man Cover #2.

Call Side Corner Alignment: Inside Leverage 7-9 Yards Off #1 WR.

Key: #1 WR.

Run To: Attack #1 And Take Him To The Ball – Win Outside Late. 

Run Away: Man To Cutback To Pursuit Angle. 

Pass: Man Cover #1.

Coaching Points

-Strength Call Is Made To The Tight End.

-Linebackers Base Alignment From Strong To Weak: Sam-Mike-Jack-Will.

-Y Trade Is And Will Be Treated As An Offensive Shift & Change Of Strength.

-The Defense Will “Re-Load” Vs Y Trade And Re-Call The Strength Of The Defense. 

-Additional Calls Will Be Made To Communicate Front Assignments & Safety Rotation. 

-The Rush LB May Run A Game With The Adjacent D-Lineman To Create A Stunt/Twist.

-Every Pre-Snap Defensive Alignment Should Look The Same (2 Deep Shell & 5 Man Rush).

-Safeties Can Be Played By Position (SS & FS) Or With Mirrored Safeties.

-The Safety Opposite The Rotation Call Will Play The Deep Middle.

-Safeties Will Handle The First Motion From A Tight End. Safeties May Have To Rock & Roll. 

-The Coverage Linebackers Will Handle The Remaining TE/RB And The Low Hole.

-H Motion Is Handled By The Defender Responsible For H To The Side Of The Motion.

-If H Empty Motion: Make An “Empty” Call For The Defensive Line (Remaining LB Adjust).

-Corners Will Run With Motion From #1 Receivers.

-Corners Will Play Corner Over Vs Both Receivers Aligned On The Same Side.

-If Corners Over, The Over Corner Will Run With Motion From His Receiver.

-The Low Hole Player May Add On As An Additional Rusher Or Spy The QB Vs Pass.

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