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The Take-Away Mentality on Defense

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© August, 2014

by Joey Mariani
Defensive Coordinator - University of Redlands

This mentality includes three goals � averaging three takeaways per game, win the third down conversions battle, and avoid the big play.

We implement our style of defense which revolves around what we call the take-away mentality. The take-away mentality is defined as: the defense will get the ball back to the offense as many times as it can and as fast as it can. We feel that the more times our offense has a chance to score, the more likely that they will. This mentality is something that we strive to implement in all that we do on defense � from individual drills, group drills, and in team situations. We believe if we want the results then we must practice the situations so they become second nature. We consider three areas when we talk about the take-away mentality: 1. Turnovers � a turnover is a mistake made by the offense that we must capitalize on and make sure that we get. 2.  Take-Away � we think of this as when a pla ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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