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What Every Offensive Coach Should Know About How Defenses Prepare To Stop Them

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© February, 2006

by Jeff Shutter
Quarterback Coach, Franklin And Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa.

EACH WEEK DURING the football season offensive staffs are preparing weekly game plans. These game plans are based on each team�s offensive philosophy and the defensive style of their upcoming opponents. 

What more coaches need to consider, however, is how other defensive staffs are preparing for them. Do you know what other defensive coordinators are studying about your offense? And what can you do to stay one step ahead of them?

There are three main aspects of defensive preparation that defensive coordinators employ. 

1.  Film study. 

2.  Computer analysis. 

3.  Scouting reports. 

Film Study
The study of game film is the lifeblood of football coaches and a defensive staff will take great pains in breaking down as many of your previous game films as they can acquire. Defensive coordinators will painstakingly comb through your game films and try to ascertain the following things about your team�s offense.

-    Offensive Formations. The first thing most defensive coordinators want to ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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