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Vikecoach26
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August 21, 2018 6:32 am  

We have quite a few teams in our league this year who have converted over to a 4-4 Split defense. We currently run a double wing offense and are looking for any advise on the weak points of this defense?


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August 21, 2018 7:14 am  

We have quite a few teams in our league this year who have converted over to a 4-4 Split defense. We currently run a double wing offense and are looking for any advise on the weak points of this defense?

I would look at 2 things
Is it a true 4-4 split so when you align your TEs will they be true to their alignment
and the biggest for me is youth coaches align in a 4-4 because they think its a good defense, and believe me the 4-4 Split is one of the toughest defenses I have faced. But most youth teams do not have the LBs (studs) to play this Defense so the weakness is going to be them putting a sub par LB in a spot because the defense calls for 4 LBs but they may only have 1 or 2 studs so the other LBs will suffer.

In chess it would be great to have no pawns and all bishops knights, rooks and queens but that's not what you have to play with

Find the sub par LBs and exploit.
I would love to have 8 LBs 2 bad ass corners and a hard hitting safety on my team, but its not what we get in youth.

Just my 2 cents in trying to break down a youth 4-4 Split versus a DW

2 Things my offense will always have is a Wing and a Wedge


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CoachDP
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August 21, 2018 12:10 pm  

We have quite a few teams in our league this year who have converted over to a 4-4 Split defense. We currently run a double wing offense and are looking for any advise on the weak points of this defense?

My default defense is the Split 4-4.  That being said, you should be able to Wedge and Trap it to death.

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blockandtackle
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August 26, 2018 8:29 am  

We have quite a few teams in our league this year who have converted over to a 4-4 Split defense. We currently run a double wing offense and are looking for any advise on the weak points of this defense?

Wedge.  All day long if you have to.  That will force them to change alignment by at least shifting a DT into A gap or switching to an odd front.

As soon as you get a DT to bump down from a 3 tech to A gap, run off tackle to that side with Superpower.

Growing up I played in a Split 4 in HS.  We were an I formation team who'd automatically run QB sneak whenever we saw another team show a Split 4 to us.  We would average about 7 ypc on it.

Trap can also be good at the split front if you can get the backside 3 tech blocked, which isn't hard from short splits.  Our arch rival was a Wing-T team who ground out 3-4 yards per carry on Trap over and over with their little bowling ball of a fat FB just falling forward on us all night long.

The big weakness of this defense is the A gaps.  It worked well for so long because so few OCs have the patience to just run A gap over and over for 3-4 yard gains, but if you're patient, stuff will break and you'll wear them out by the 4th quarter.


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August 6, 2019 9:19 pm  

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August 7, 2019 4:47 am  

We have quite a few teams in our league this year who have converted over to a 4-4 Split defense. We currently run a double wing offense and are looking for any advise on the weak points of this defense?

Power/toss can be slowed of there 7 is a strong player.  Like DP says you can run a good amount of wedge and trap or quick dive into this type of even front.

If you go into the dcwt section and learn about Clark's "run where they aint" play calling gets easier

I can explain it to you, I can't understand if for you.


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terrypjohnson
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August 7, 2019 5:10 am  

I ran the split 4-4 last year. The Double Wing plays that had the most success were the FB Dive, the FB Slant (offset FB slanting to the other side), and the Wing Counter off the FB Dive.

And, as the coaches out here have taught me this offseason... A wedge play is your friend against any defense.

Coach Terry


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