Tag Archives: 2-Gap Defense

What are 1- and 2-Gap Defensive Schemes?

28 Jul

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One-Gap Defense

In a one-gap scheme, a defensive linemen has a one-gap responsibility. He attacks a hole and must take care of whatever happens in that gap he is assigned. He is expected to tackle any running back who goes through that hole, or to force the running back to move laterally – that is, “spill” him – into the arms of another tackler.

If the offense is passing, the defender’s gap is his route to the quarterback. A one-gap technique requires a defensive player to take on his man and occupy that space. One-gap defenders are generally smaller, quicker, and better pass rushers than two-gap technique defenders.

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Discussion: 3-Pt Stance (Defense)

18 Jul

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To pick up where we left off with our discussion of 3-pt stance on the offensive side of the ball, let’s look at the simple differences found on the defensive side. Mostly the difference can be seen in the elevation of the butt, causing a lowering of the pad level up front and the shift of some weight out over the extended hand. There’s definitely some air under the heels.

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The Battles Along the Line of Scrimmage

13 Jul

 

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Football is conflict.  This conflict is no more evident — or violent — than in the battle along the line of scrimmage where strength and positioning — what coaches call “leverage” — often determines the winner.  Here there are no Davids here; there are only Goliaths.

That which separates the combatants is essentially a DMZ.  It is a swath of turf called the neutral zone.  No one, except the offensive center, can intrude upon this sacred ground and him only because he must handle the ball to snap it.  In terms of dimensions, it is as wide as the ball is long.  Each tip of the ball is a coordinate in a separate line of scrimmage that stretches from sideline to sideline: one for the defense, and one for the offense.

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