Make Adjustments To Your Youth Football Defense


By FirstDown PlayBook on Mar 29, 2021

If there is one thing that youth football coaches are better at than NFL coaches, it is running what works over and over again. An NFL coach will assume that the defense has adjusted and move on to another play. Sometimes even when that is not the case.

A youth football coach is going to wear that play out if it works! After all, they have not had time to practice a lot of different plays. If a play call is working against your youth football defense, you can bet you’re going to see it again. In fact, you will likely see it a ton until you prove you can stop it.

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That brings us to our point today. A youth football coach should always have an adjustment to their defense if they need it. If the offense is hurting your defense in a specific area, then make an adjustment.

Granted the problem can sometimes be fixed with better technique and fundamentals. However, there are times when your scheme or personnel does not match up at the point of attack. That’s when you will want to have a call to stop the damage until you can adjust your youth football defense on the sideline.

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Most of the time, in youth football, that means getting at least one of your defenders in the gap where you are getting exploited. Today’s short and simple video gives you one example of how you can edit your defensive call and play drawing to force the offense out of their favorite call.