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Eight Daily Areas of Defensive Emphasis

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© August, 2014


by Dr. Keith Pigott
Defensive Coordinator and Safeties Coach East Texas Baptist University

Ideally, coaches want their defensive players to be smart, fast, and physical.

I was hired in February, 2013 by first year Head Coach, Joshua Eargle. We were Graduate Assistants together in 2006 at Southern Mississippi and kept in touch over the years. Our first season at ETBU was filled with ups and downs. We started off 2 – 0 for the first time in school history. Defensively, we gave up 34 points in the first game and 10 points in the second game. By the end of week three, we had lost both of our starting defensive ends to ACL injuries and three starters on offense to ACL tears as well.

Changing a culture is tough, especially when you lose starters to injuries and have to play a bunch of young guys. We finished the season giving up 43 points a game. We did not tackle, cover, blitz, create turnovers, or communicate with each other well at all.  I learned a valuable lesson from the 2013 season: The KISS principle (Keep It Simple, Stupid) works. We tried to do too much from a scheme standpoint to make up f ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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