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“Blue Thunder” Defense Helps You Be Offensive With Your Defensive Pressure

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© December, 2005


by Jeff Gabrielsen
Head Coach, Concordia University, Mequon, Wis.

OUR DEFENSIVE PHILOSOPHY is based on being aggressive, tough and fundamentally sound. We consider this attacking brand of defense to be almost offense-like in the way that we try to keep opposing offenses on their heels, off balance and reacting to a pace that’s dictated by us.

Nothing epitomizes this philosophy of “offensive defense” better than our Blue Thunder defense. It is a blitzing, hard-nosed defense that focuses on simplicity, toughness and player accountability.

‡    Simplicity. Always try to keep your player assignments relatively simple so that your players will know what they’re supposed to do. This frees them up to play aggressively. If you overload your defensive players with five or six possible assignment ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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