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Arkansas Tech Defense’s Teaching Progression

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© October, 2011


by Jeff Byrd
Defensive Coordinator • Arkansas Tech University

Our philosophy at Arkansas Tech University is to be an attacking and dictating style of defense. We want to play with great intensity and confidence by limiting the thought process of our athletes and allowing them to feel that we are always pro-active in our approach and not reactive. We want as much of our scheme to be like the offense in that we know where we are going on the snap of the football. We want to be simple in scheme, play with our eyes and attack, attack, attack. Offenses are based on timing in so many ways – timing on the snap, timing on the throws, and timing on speed sweeps. We want to do as much to disrupt the timing of these things as possible. There are also many option concepts in today’s offensive football and we want to make those concepts happen faster than they normally do. We then create the match-up that we are looking for in our base schemes vs. the quarterback and not the coaches in the box.

We are, first and foremost, dedicated to stopping the run. The only way to have any success on defense is to make an offense one-dimensional. Once eliminating the run game portion of the game plan, we feel we c ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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