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© April, 2012
Creating an Identity for Your Defense

by Mike Fox
Defensive Coordinator • St. John Fisher College

We made the switch from a base 4-3 to a 3-3-5 in the off season. Needless to say, we did not know what to expect and there were some players thinking the same. We decided to do something different to give our guys some ownership of the new defense, to help ease the transition, and most importantly, to buy into what we were going to be doing this year.

“Bad Company”

Every year, coaches come up with a theme or slogan for that year’s team. On the defensive side of the ball, we did something a little different. In the off-season, I sat down with our defensive captains and seniors to come up with an identity or theme for this year’s unit. After two weeks of deliberation, they came up with the term “Bad Company”. Background on ‘Bad Company’ (also known in the military world as Bravo Company) includes that it is a Marine unit that is year-in and year-out sent to do the missions that no one else wants. They are highly-respected, never out-worked, never out-prepared in their detail. They thrive in the least ideal circumstances and are, of cour ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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