Category Archives: Defense

2010 Lake Elsinore Junior 33 Stack Hi-lites

Thank you to Coach Louis Morones who is starting to coach youth football again.  He has been coaching High School ball since 2011 but has decided to help out the local youth program once again.  He also sent me this video from the 2010 season.  That was the 3rd year for these coaches using the 33 Stack Attack Defense.  The age group is 11-13 yr olds.  This team was undefeated in their last 2 seasons.  Each year they have about 75% new players because this was the Division 2 team.  Basically Division 1 gets their players first and Division 2 gets the rest.  This team outscored their opponents by scoring over 400 points and only giving up about 100 (the vast majority was against the second string once they were up big in the game).  Hope you enjoy their video.

Blitz The Option

“You gotta play assignment football!”

“Do your job! You’ve got Dive! You’ve got Quarterback! You’ve got Pitch!”

“You have to stay in base and be disciplined!”

Sound familiar?  If you get most coaches talking about how to defend the option, you’ll got responses similar to the ones above.

Problem is…that approach is wrong.

There…I said it. Continue reading Blitz The Option

33-Stack Installation Schedule

I get this question a lot … and truthfully I have been running this defense for many years and no longer use a true installation schedule … some years I put the defense in for 30 minutes before our first scrimmage … other years I put it in the night before Jamboree … we like to learn on the fly and teach it on the fly … but not everyone is happy with that answer … and I understand why …

So, if I had to follow a schedule and prioritize what calls I was going to install and when … it would look something like this … please notice I am simply accounting for blocks of time … how they fit into your practice schedule is up to you … Continue reading 33-Stack Installation Schedule

533, 353 or 335?

Its kind of a funny question but it gets asked all the time.  Is there truly a difference when a defensive coach says his team is running a 53 vs a 35 vs a 33 scheme?  Some coaches believe that there is no difference at all and it is just semantics or the personal choice of the coach who chose what scheme for his team to run.  And there is some truth to that.  Sometimes it really is as simple as Coach X prefers the name 53 or whatever. Continue reading 533, 353 or 335?

Strike Zone Tackling

For years I have used the name Target Tackling to describe what we teach our players, but after watching Pete Carroll’s Tackling Video, I am changing the name to Strike Zone Tackling out of sheer respect for his system and the great video he created.  I wish I could say we have been using all the same drills and teaching our kids exactly the same terminology and techniques, but I would be wrong.  However, I can tell you that what we are doing on the practice field and what we are looking for on game day is very, very close.  And we will certainly be stealing many of the drills in his video for our future players. Continue reading Strike Zone Tackling