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Attacking 8-Man Fronts With Lead Series

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© June, 2002


by Bob Carlson
Former Head Coach, Dundee-Crown High School, Carpentersville, Ill.

OVER THE YEARS the lead series (see the Feb./March 2002 issue of Gridiron Strategies for a complete overview of the lead series) has accounted for 65 percent of our run offense.

Opposing teams do a lot of defensive adjusting while trying to stop our lead plays. The most common adjustment is the 8-man front. The two most common fronts are the 4-4-3 zone look and the 5-3 man coverage defense.

DIAGRAM 1: 4-4-3 zone defense.


DIAGRAM 2: 5-3 coverage defense.

Using Slot Formation

DIAGRAM 3: Slot formation. When the defense uses an 8- ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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