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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-Point Stance

17 Jul

 

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There’s some disagreement about what constitutes a “proper” three-point stance. Some coaches want a little air under the heels of the player, while others prefer the player have his feet rooted into the ground to form a solid base, especially if that payer will be asked to move in different directions. Some want some weight out over the extended hand, while others will argue to have no weight on it at all.  What is certain is that a three-point stance for an offensive lineman is – and should be – different than it is for a defensive lineman, because what is expected of them is different, especially if that D-lineman is in a 1-gap scheme.

The 3-point for an offensive lineman is pretty much determined by the type of offense they’re operating in. If that O-lineman will be asked to drop (or kick-slide) into pass protection, or bucket step to execute a trap or wrap blocking assignment, or flat step to combo block a D-lineman to linebacker depth then you don’t want him aligned with weight out over his hand and his butt jacked up. Because as soon as he picks up that extended hand, gravity will force him to take a false first-step to prevent him from falling forward. That step will have little or no power behind it and rarely, if ever, will be directional. The defense wins.

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