Disguising Defensive Sets Send Offenses Into A Panic
© October, 2003
by Robert Kitchen Defensive Coordinator, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
DISGUISING YOUR DEFENSIVE SETS is a fantastic way to confuse the offense and force your opponent into costly mistakes.
You can use it to bait an offense to attack a perceived weakness of your team, which eventually leads them to playing into your squad’s strength.
Your players’ first priority is to know and execute their roles in the standard fronts and coverages within your defensive set. However, once they are comfortable in these roles, you can disguise your sets to make your defense multidimensional and unpredictable.
You’ll need to get your players to buy into this type of defensive philosophy to show them how effective it can be. Use game film to show them how just a slight change prior to the snap enables your team to gain a huge advantage.
Don’t make your defensive disguises an afterthought or something that you only practice when you have a spare 5 or 10 minutes. Drill your players during every practice session and coach the concept of disguising defenses as if it’s often the difference between winning and losing.
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