Sound Flag Football Defense

By FirstDown PlayBook on Jun 5, 2021

THE 5V5 FLAG FOOTBALL DEFENSE HAS THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:

3 LINEBACKERS: RIGHT, MIDDLE & LEFT

2 DEFENSIVE BACKS: RIGHT & LEFT

THE 5V5 FLAG FOOTBALL DEFENSES WILL BE CALLED WITH THREE DIGITS:

THE FIRST DIGIT IS THE NUMBER OF RUSHERS TO THE QB.

THE SECOND DIGIT IS THE NUMBER INTERMEDIATE TO DEEP COVERAGE DEFENDERS.

THE THIRD DIGIT IS THE NUMBER OF DEEP COVERAGE DEFENDERS.

MAN COVERAGE DEFENSES WILL BE CALLED “MAN COVERAGE” & TAGGED WITH ANY PRESSURE IF NECESSARY.

DEFENSE: MAN COVERAGE

THERE WILL BE A STRENGTH CALL MADE AS THE OFFENSE BREAKS THE HUDDLE OR IT CAN BE SET PRIOR TO.

THE MIKE LINEBACKER WILL RUSH THE PASSER.

THE OTHER LINEBACKERS WILL COVER THE CENTER AND THE BACK MAN TO MAN.

THE DEFENSIVE BACKS WILL COVER THE TWO WR’S MAN TO MAN.

VS A BUNCH SET A LB WILL TAKE THE POINT.

HERE ARE SOME COMMON FLAG FOOTBALL FORMATIONS YOU WILL HAVE TO DEFEND

FLAG FOOTBALL DEFENSE PLAYER ASSIGNMENTS

MIKE LINEBACKER:

-ADHERE TO THE RULES OF YOUR LEAGUE FOR YOUR DEPTH ON THE SNAP OF THE BALL.

-EXAMPLE: YOUR RESTRAINING LINE IS 5 YARDS THEN BE BEHIND THAT LINE.

-ALIGN ON OR NEAR THE CENTER PRIOR TO THE SNAP.

-RUSH THE QB AND DEFEND ANY RUN THAT SHOWS UP ON YOUR WAY TO THE QB.

LEFT & RIGHT LINEBACKERS:

-MAN COVERAGE ON THE CENTER OR THE BACK. WHOEVER IS CLOSEST TO YOU.

-IF POSSIBLE ALIGN AT THE SAME DEPTH AS THE OTHER LB’S TO DISGUISE WHO IS RUSHING THE QB.

-YOUR ALIGNMENT SHOULD BE CLOSE ENOUGH TO YOUR MAN TO PLAY TIGHT MAN COVERAGE.

-IF THE BALL BREAKS THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE ON A RUN LEAVE YOUR MAN AND PURSUE THE BALL CARRIER.

-IF THE BALL IS THROWN TO ANOTHER RECEIVER LEAVE YOUR MAN AND PURSUE THE BALL CARRIER.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

-ALIGN OVER THE WIDEST RECEIVER TO YOUR SIDE. (EXCLUDE THE BACK & CENTER)

-ALIGNMENT DEPTH SHOULD BE DICTATED BY SKILL AND MATCH UPS.

-ALIGN SLIGHTLY INSIDE OF YOUR MAN AND TAKE AWAY THE INSIDE ROUTE FIRST.

-IF THE BALL BREAKS THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE ON A RUN LEAVE YOUR MAN AND PURSUE THE BALL CARRIER.

-IF THE BALL IS THROWN TO ANOTHER RECEIVER LEAVE YOUR MAN AND PURSUE THE BALL CARRIER.

-VS A BUNCH SET LET A LB TAKE THE POINT.

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