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Good morning Stack Attack coaches:

We had our Jamboree last night. I ran the Stacks the way it was drawn up in the manual with an exception or two. A couple of things jumped out that I feel like need to be tightened up.

1) Pass Coverage -- both opponents stretched us out wide (Flanker one way, SE the other way). To my surprise, they hit those throws, so I had to move the corners on the receivers (after going Inverted Cover 2 to start out). It seemed like moving the corners out this opened the middle. Are there any adjustments I can make? I ask because I'll see this team again on Monday.

2) Depth of the Dogs -- I'm in a unique situation where the middle school head coach is also an assistant coach on the team. On the first few plays, he shouted at the dogs to move up on the line as his team does (until I told them kids on the field wanted them at 3 x 3). Given that his team hasn't given up a score this year in four games this year, I have to ask if there's an advantage to doing this? And is there any downside to it? I ask because I don't want to be too stubborn -- if it'll help my team succeed, I'll do it. I just want to understand the risk / reward.

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So my initial response to everyone that struggles with this D is to make sure you are first running it as drawn, and then look and see that everyone is actually doing what they are supposed to. What were your exceptions. Exceptions in this D can cause alot of issues. 

First things first, CB moves outside shoulder of No 1. receiver; this is in the manual. Do this and it should alleviate you getting stretched out. Second, if they are beating you deep, then your front six is not doing its job. That pressure should be quick and fast. Make sure the autoblitz from your outside stackers is installed. NO TE, HE IS ON THE LOS AND HAULING ASS AT THE QB's FACE! CB's are reading the No 1. receiver. He blocks they start moving for run support. Release and they backpedal. Hard to perfect the first game, but is very important. 

As far as your DOGS, leave them at 3x3 unless they are blitzing. Then they can get on the line and go UNLESS there is a WR on his side (Believe this is in the manual). But this depends on Age group. Better passing teams warrant more respect than those that run spread for show. They are responsible for those quick slants, in routes, screens, etc. along with the reaper.

If you are relying on your CB to make tackles then you are already in trouble. Reaper needs to be the bull in a china shop that you celebrate for knocking the shit out of the wrong kid. He should be the kid that has that uncanny ability to run through someone to the ball carrier. Find the closest one and coach. 

And this D can work well, but it relies solely on pressure upfront and 5 nasty kids in coverage. 

And as far as the assistant. Either hand him the defense or show him what needs to happen so he can help. But do ot let him bastardize the D into something its not. Every position has a responsibility and reason for doing so. Stick with it and coach the corrections as needed. FILM IS YOUR BEST FRIEND!



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As a rule of thumb, faster, more athletic dogs can play tighter and closer to the LOS. Slower, lesser are the opposite.

Tighter dogs are easier to block IMHO. Also harder to cover the flats.

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The inverted players/rovers what ever they are called along with safety should be able to cover the entire mid range.  Corners playing deep 2. The middle is exposed however the middle safety should be able to cover deep middle and tackle any short to medium middle pass completion. 

I believe JJ preached spot drops for zone, however of you can teach "pattern match" zone your players will carry players in and out their zone and makes the windows much smaller. Since you're in 33 inverted 2 ignore the cb instructions in the article I provided at the end of this post. 

Outside guy reads 2 to 1. If 2 goes vertical he looks to 1.  While this happens the outside guy runs with #2 until he leaves his zone. If ,1 and 2 go vertical he carries 2 then drops into his hook/curl/flat whatever zone. 

Corner read 1-2, 1 goes vertical he stays, 1 gos short he immediately looks at 2.  1 and 2 go short he remains overtop looking now at the other side of the formation for deep cross. 

Middle safety drops reading qb eyes , dropping until the qb settles his feet then he looks where the qb looks. 


This isn't what JJ has in his material. However I feel like the better your cover guys can cover in zone and not just be an obstacle course for the qb it is better. 


If your kids played basketball this is an easy pick up if they run zone/box defense for that sport .


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