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Improving Your Overall Defense

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© August, 2012

by Keith Scott
Defensive Coordinator • University of Arkansas at Monticello

You can improve your overall defense in three phases – pursuit, tackling, and turnovers. Each drill we’ve included allows you to be fundamentally sound and take full advantage of any offensive mistakes. Every drill also allows you to get each player on your defense involved along with every position group. During the 2011 season, UAM was among the leaders in the Great American Conference in a number of categories: third in total defense, first in interceptions, first in tackles for loss, and second in takeaways. Nationally, UAM ranked 10th in TFL and 29th in interceptions.


Our 4-3 defense is simple for players and coaches, but hard for opponents to figure out. This system will allow you to get your best players on the field every snap to create an aggressive, violent, enthusiastic, and fundamentally sound defense. This is a gap control defense - alignment and assignments will be taught by coaches every day. Two safeties will allow the d ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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