Film Breakdown: Clemson Tigers vs Virginia Tech Hokies (ACC Title Game)

With the conference title games coming this Saturday, let’s look at the Clemson Tigers versus the Virginia Tech Hokies through like opponent the Pitt Panthers. Clemson lost to Pitt while the Hokies defeated Pitt- but both in close games (1 and 3 points).

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Install 8: IMFB 4-2-5 Defense vs 10 personnel

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We’re going to take a look at “spread” formations, and how we adjust to 10 personnel in 2×2 and 3×1 sets. We can use a variety of methods including cover 3, split-field robber 4, and even a 3-4 robber 4 look called “Stack”

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Install 8: 4-2-5 Defense versus 20 personnel formations

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We’re going to take a look at more pro style formations, this time defending 20 personnel. Keeping to the plan we can keep our IMFB 4-2-5 defense in “Miami” or adjust to “Hokie” against 20 personnel. To Hokie or not to Hokie…

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Install 8: IMFB 4-2-5 Defense versus 21 personnel

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We’re going to take a look at the pro style formations, ie defending 21 personnel. Keeping to the plan we can keep our IMFB 4-2-5 defense in “Miami” against 21 personnel. However, there are many checks we can make depending on what’s hurting us the most.

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Install 8: IMFB 4-2-5 Defense vs 3-back formations

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One of the first things we teach in our 4-2-5 is how to align to our 20/30 personnel Tiger formation, which is a Diamond Pistol formation. I think every high school should worry about defending against themselves first and foremost. Our first scrimmages are all Dawgs O vs Dawgs D, as is every Monday during the season. I picked this method up from Bill Castle the legendary Lakeland High School (FL) head football coach. He wants to compete and get good at what he does in camp, spring football, and every Monday during the regular season, and so do I!

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Gap, Scrape, and Option Exchange (Part 1)

As a defensive minded coach who is serving as an offensive coordinator, I have to be aware of the gap and option responsibilities of our opposing defense. When I call a defense I like to switch gap exchange pre-snap, scrape exchange post-snap, and even option exchange against zone read and triple option teams. This is part 1 of a 3 part series. 

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