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Minot State’s Fundamental Defense

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© December, 2008

by Jeff Engel
Defensive Line Coach, Minot State University

To be successful coaching defense a staff must always look for new ways to teach technique and get better at what they believe in.  Our philosophy, terms, drills, etc. come from many hours of studying, reading and learning from successful defensive coaches. What we try to do, as a staff, is to recruit players into our program who believe in our philosophy and are going to work hard.

Defensive Philosophy -
1.    Run to the Ball – we have several different types of pursuit drills and will use them every day.
2.    Play with physical toughness.
3.    Play with mental toughness.
4.    Play hard.
5.    Play smart.
6.    Play together as a team.
7.    We believe in keeping our defense simple.

Defensive Philosophy –
Run Situations
1.    Gap Control – responsibilities are clear and adjustments are easily made.
2.    The ability to mix up line charges and maintain gap control
3.    Ability to get into eight-man fronts
4.    Zone Defenses – this allows all eleven players to be involved. This keeps our run force lanes sound and we feel we are in the best position to play the option.

Defensive Philosophy –
Pass Situations
1.    Pressuring the QB by rushing a combination of 3, 4 or 5 different defenders.
2.    Zone coverage decreases the chances for big plays. Should force the offense to execute perfectly to get down field.

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