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DEFENSIVE PLAYBOOK

UTE CONFERENCE

Defensive Huddle
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1. The NT will call the huddle two yards form the ball by raising his hands and yelling
HUDDLE. The ST should also alert the defense if the offense does not huddle (the entire
defense should be alert of a no huddle offense.
2. The front line of the huddle will have their hands on their knees, and the rear line will have
their hands on their sides.
3. NO TALKING IN THE HUDDLE ! ! !
4. The signal caller (Strong Safety) will get the defensive call from the sideline, enter the
huddle and call out the defense twice (once to the left and once to the right). After calling
the defense, the signal caller will say DO IT, and the entire defense will clap and yell
NOW.
5. CHECK will be the huddle code word to repeat the defensive call.
6. Personnel:
SS Strong Safety
W Will (Weak Side LB)
T

Tackle

Defensive End

Corner

M Mike (Inside LB)


FS Free Safety
S

Sam (Inside LB)

RAM (Strong Side LB)


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Alignment Responsibilities

4I

2I

2I

4I

HIP WALK

SPECIFIC ALIGNMENT
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One yard outside the tight end or slotback

Outside half of the tight end or slotback

Nose to nose with the tight end or slotback

Inside half of the tight end or slotback

Outside half of the tackle

Nose to nose with the tackle

4I

Inside half of the tackle

Outside half of the guard

Nose to nose with guard

2I

Inside half of the guard

Outside half of the center (weak or strong)

Nose to nose with the center

HIP

1 yard outside & 1 yard deeper than the defensive tackles heel

WALK 5 yards from the L.O.S. half way between the split end and the tackle

DEFENSIVE FRONTS

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E
S

T
M

E
W

POSITION

ALIGNMENT

RUN RESPONSIBILITY

RAM LINEBACKER

9 Technique

D Gap and Outside

STRONG DE

3 Technique

B Gap

NOSE TACKLE

1 Technique

Weakside A Gap

SAM LINEBACKER

5 Technique/3 yd. off LOS

C Gap progression

MIKE LINEBACKER

1 Technique/3 yd. off LOS

Strongside A Gap

WEAKSIDE DE

5 Technique

C Gap and Outside

WILL LINEBACKER

4 Technique/3 yd. off LOS

B Gap

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E
S

T
M

E
W

POSITION

ALIGNMENT

RUN RESPONSIBILITY

RAM LINEBACKER

9 Technique

D Gap and Outside

STRONG DE

3 Technique

B Gap

NOSE TACKLE

2 I Technique

Weakside A Gap

SAM LINEBACKER

7 Technique/3 yd. off LOS

C Gap progression

MIKE LINEBACKER

1 Technique/3 yd. off LOS

Strongside A Gap

WEAKSIDE DE

5 Technique

C Gap and Outside

WILL LINEBACKER

4 Technique/3 yd. off LOS

B Gap

3 1 RUB

T
M

E
W

POSITION

ALIGNMENT

RUN RESPONSIBILITY

RAM LINEBACKER

7 Technique

C Gap

STRONG DE

3 Technique

B Gap

NOSE TACKLE

I Technique

Weakside A Gap

SAM LINEBACKER

9 Technique/3 yd. off LOS

D Gap and outside

MIKE LINEBACKER

1 Technique/3 yd. off LOS

Strongside A Gap

WEAKSIDE DE

5 Technique/3 yd. off LOS

C Gap and Outside

WILL LINEBACKER

4 Technique/3 yd. off LOS

B Gap

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E
R

E
M

POSITION

ALIGNMENT

RUN RESPONSIBILITY

RAM LINEBACKER

9 Technique/1 yd. off LOS

D Gap and outside

STRONG DE

3 Technique

B Gap

NOSE TACKLE

0 Technique

Both A Gaps

SAM LINEBACKER

2 Technique/3 yd. off LOS

C Gap progression

MIKE LINEBACKER

2 Technique/3 yd. off LOS

A Gap progression

WEAKSIDE DE

3 Technique/3 yd. off LOS

B Gap

WILL LINEBACKER

5 Technique/3 yd. off LOS

C Gap and Outside

3 4 STRONG SLANT (Flip for weak slant)

E
R

T
S

E
M

POSITION

ALIGNMENT

RUN RESPONSIBILITY

RAM LINEBACKER

9 Technique/1 yd. off LOS

D Gap and outside

STRONG DE

4 Technique

C Gap

NOSE TACKLE

0 Technique

Strong A Gap

SAM LINEBACKER

3 Technique/3 yd. off LOS

B Gap progression

MIKE LINEBACKER

3 Technique/3 yd. off LOS

Weak A Gap progression

WEAKSIDE DE

4 Technique

Weak B Gap

WILL LINEBACKER

Ghost Technique/1 yd. off LOS

C Gap and Outside

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E
R

T
S

POSITION

ALIGNMENT

RUN RESPONSIBILITY

RAM LINEBACKER

9 Technique/1 yd. off LOS

D Gap and outside

STRONG DE

5 Technique

C Gap

NOSE TACKLE

0 Technique

Both A Gaps

SAM LINEBACKER

2 Technique/3 yd. off LOS

B Gap progression

MIKE LINEBACKER

2 Technique/3 yd. off LOS

B Gap progression

WEAKSIDE DE

5 Technique

C Gap and Outside

WILL LINEBACKER

Ghost Technique/1 yd. off LOS

C Gap and Outside

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POSITION

ALIGNMENT

RUN RESPONSIBILITY

RAM LINEBACKER

9 Technique

D Gap and outside

STRONG DE

5 Technique

C Gap and Outside

NOSE TACKLE

1 Technique

Strong A Gap

SAM LINEBACKER

3 Technique/3 yd. off LOS

B Gap progression

MIKE LINEBACKER

2 Technique/3 yd. off LOS

Weak A Gap progression

WEAKSIDE DE

3 Technique

B Gap

WILL LINEBACKER

5 Technique

C Gap and Outside

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DEFENSIVE COVERAGES

COVER 2 MATCH

W
S

M
F

POSITION

ALIGNMENT

KEY

PASS
RESPONSIBILITY

SAM BACKER

According to defensive
call

#2 to #3 rec.
Plus zone/rush

1/3 under zone drop or


pass rush

MIKE BACKER

According to defensive
call

#2 to #3 rec.
Plus zone/ rush

1/3 under zone drop or


pass rush

WILL BACKER

According to defensive
call

#2 to outside
Plus zone/rush

1/3 under zone drop or


pass rush

RAM BACKER

According to defensive
call

#2 to outside
Plus zone/rush

1/3 under zone drop or


pass rush

FIELD CORNER

2 yds. off LOS


1 yd. outside of #1 rec.

Read #1 to #2 rec.

BOUNDRY CORNER

2 yds. off LOS


1 yd. outside of #1 rec.

Read #1 to #2 rec.

STRONG SAFETY

10-12 yds. off LOS


8 yds. inside of #1 rec.

Read #2 to #1 rec.

Deep 1/2 zone make calls


for corner

FREE SAFETY

10-12 yds. off LOS


8 yds. inside of #1 rec.

Read #2 to #1 rec.

Deep 1/2 zone make calls


for corner

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Funnel and trail #1 rec.


Read #2 rec. Listen for
safety calls
Funnel and trail #1 rec.
Read #2 rec. Listen for
safety calls

COVER 2 ROLL

FLOW

FLAT

CURL

FLAT

CURL

MIDDLE

POSITION

ALIGNMENT

KEY

PASS
RESPONSIBILITY

SAM BACKER

According to defensive
call

Nearest OL/flow

Flow to: Middle


Flow away: Curl

MIKE BACKER

According to defensive
call

Nearest OL/flow

Flow to: Middle


Flow away: Curl

WILL BACKER

According to defensive
call

Nearest OL/flow

Flow to: Contain Rush


Flow away: Flat

RAM BACKER

According to defensive
call

Nearest OL/flow

Flow away: Curl

FIELD CORNER

7 yds. off LOS


2 yds. outside of #1 rec.

#1 Receiver

Deep Outside 1/3

BOUNDRY CORNER

7 yds. off LOS


2 yds. outside of #1 rec.

#1 Receiver

Deep Outside 1/3

STRONG SAFETY

FREE SAFETY

8 yds. off LOS


3 yds. outside
TE 2 yds. Inside Twins
8 yds. off LOS
3 yds. outside
TE/OT

Uncovered lineman and


backfield action
Uncovered lineman and
backfield action
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Flow to: Curl to Flat


Flow away: Deep Middle
1/3
Flow to: Curl to Flat
Flow away: Deep Middle
1/3

COVER 2 ROBBER

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CURL
HOOK

CURL
HOOK

MIDDLE

ROB

POSITION

ALIGNMENT

KEY

PASS
RESPONSIBILITY

SAM BACKER

According to defensive
call

Uncovered lineman

Hook to curl

MIKE BACKER

According to defensive
call

Uncovered lineman

Middle drop

WILL BACKER

According to defensive
call

Uncovered lineman

Hook to Curl

RAM BACKER

According to defensive
call

Tight end/OL

Pass Rush

FIELD CORNER

5 yds. off LOS


2 yds. outside of #1 rec.

Key #1 rec./backfield
action

Deep 1/3

BOUNDRY CORNER

5 yds. off LOS


2 yds. outside of #1 rec.

Key #1 rec./backfield
action

Deep 1/3

STRONG SAFETY

FREE SAFETY

10 yds. off LOS


Split width of #1 and
#2 recs.
10 yds. off LOS
Split width of #1 and
#2 recs.

Release of #2 rec.

Release of #2 rec.

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Rob middle zone


between linebackers and
free safety
Shift to middle of the field
after snap & cover middle
1/3 zone

COVER 2 3 SLIDE

SH

RU

R
CURL
HOOK

CURL
HOOK

MIDDLE

POSITION

ALIGNMENT

KEY

PASS
RESPONSIBILITY

SAM BACKER

According to defensive
call

Uncovered lineman

Hook to curl

MIKE BACKER

According to defensive
call

Uncovered lineman

Middle drop

WILL BACKER

According to defensive
call

Uncovered lineman

Hook to Curl

RAM BACKER

According to defensive
call

Tight end/OL

Pass Rush

FIELD CORNER

4 yds. off LOS


2 yds. outside of #1 rec.

Strength call/
receiver release

BOUNDRY CORNER

4 yds. off LOS


2 yds. outside of #1 rec.

Strength call/
receiver release

STRONG SAFETY

FREE SAFETY

10 yds. off LOS


Split width of #1 and
#2 recs.
10 yds. off LOS
Split width of #1 and
#2 recs.

Release of #2

Release of #2
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To call: Pass rush


Away from call: Deep 1/3
zone
To call: Pass rush
Away from call: Deep 1/3
zone
To call: Outside 1/3
Away from call: Middle
1/3 zone
To call: Outside 1/3
Away from call: Middle
1/3 zone

COVER 3

FLAT

CURL

FLAT

CURL

MIDDLE

POSITION

ALIGNMENT

KEY

PASS
RESPONSIBILITY

SAM BACKER

According to defensive
call

Uncovered lineman
Key #2

Middle zone

MIKE BACKER

According to defensive
call

Uncovered lineman
Key #3

Curl zone

WILL BACKER

According to defensive
call

Uncovered lineman
Key #2

Weakside flat

RAM BACKER

According to defensive
call

TE/rush

Rush

FIELD CORNER

7 yds. off LOS


2 yds. outside of #1 rec.

#1 Receiver

Deep outside 1/3

BOUNDRY CORNER

7 yds. off LOS


2 yds. outside of #1 rec.

#1 Receiver

Deep outside 1/3

STRONG SAFETY

6 yds. off LOS


3 yds. outside
TE 5 yds. off LOS
2 yds. Inside Twins

Uncovered lineman
#2 Receiver

Vision point drop: Curl to


flat

FREE SAFETY

11 yds. off LOS


Split the formation

Uncovered lineman
#3 Receiver
QB eyes

Deep middle 1/3

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HAWK FREE

R
C

#1

COMBO
#2/#3

#3

W
#2

#1

FREE

POSITION

ALIGNMENT

KEY

PASS
RESPONSIBILITY

SAM BACKER

According to defensive
call

Release of TE uncovered
lineman

Combo with strong safety


man to man #2/#3

MIKE BACKER

According to defensive
call

Uncovered lineman
backfield action

#3 man to man

WILL BACKER

According to defensive
call

Uncovered lineman
backfield action

#2 rec. man to man

RAM BACKER

According to defensive
call

Release of TE backfield
action

Contain rush QB

FIELD CORNER

4 yds. off LOS


1 yd. outside of #1 rec.

#1 Receiver

Man to man #1 receiver

BOUNDRY CORNER

4 yds. off LOS


1 yd. outside of #1 rec.

#1 Receiver

Man to man #1 receiver

STRONG SAFETY

6 yds. off LOS


2 yds. outside of
#2 rec. strong

Release of TE #2 rec.

Combo with Sam Backer


on #2 rec. man to man #2

FREE SAFETY

11 yds. off LOS


Split width of formation

QB and uncovered
lineman

Deep middle plus help

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HAWK

R
C

#1

COMBO
#2/#3
STRONG

#3
INSIDE

COMBO
#2/#3
WEAK

#1

POSITION

ALIGNMENT

KEY

PASS
RESPONSIBILITY

SAM BACKER

According to defensive
call

Release of TE uncovered
lineman

Combo with strong safety


on #2 rec. man to man #3

MIKE BACKER

According to defensive
call

Uncovered lineman
backfield action

#3 or inside rec.
man to man

WILL BACKER

According to defensive
call

Uncovered lineman
backfield action

Combo with free safety


on #2 rec. man to man #3

RAM BACKER

According to defensive
call

Release of TE/rush

Contain rush QB

FIELD CORNER

2 yds. off LOS


1 yd. inside of #1 rec.

#1 Receiver

Man to man #1 receiver

BOUNDRY CORNER

2 yds. off LOS


1 yd. inside of #1 rec.

#1 Receiver

Man to man #1 receiver

Release of TE #2 rec.
strong

Combo with Sam Backer


on #2 rec. man to man #2

#2 Receiver weak

Combo with Will Backer


on #2 rec. man to man #2

STRONG SAFETY

FREE SAFETY

6 yds. off LOS


2 yds. outside of
#2 rec. strong
6 yds. off LOS
2 yds. outside of
#2 rec. weak or OT

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