Michigan Football: Coach’s Corner — Playbook X’s and O’s — Rules, Gaps, Techniques, and Blitz packages in the base 3-3-5 — Part III — Shade and G Alignment

Posted at 6:00am — 4/9/2010

Michigan Football: Coach’s Corner — Playbook X’s and O’s — Rules, Gaps, Techniques, and Blitz packages in the base 3-3-5 — Part III — Shade and G Alignment

We have already covered defenses where linebackers shade and shift over and have explained the gap coverage. Today we will look at the several parts/versions of the overall defense where the front three play a shade technique or shift.

3-3-5 (Shade) vs. Pro Set
………………………………..TB

………………………………..FB

………………………………..QB
…FL……………..TE…T…G…C…G…T………………………SE
………………………^……..^……….^
………………………DT……NT……….DE
.
………….^………..^………..^………^…………^
………….S………SLB…….MLB……WLB……….B

^……………………………………………………………………….^
FC…………………………………………………………………….BC

…………………………….^
…………………………….FS

DT: Greg Banks
NT: Renaldo Sagesse
DE: Ryan Van Bergen

WLB: Jonas Mouton
MLB: Obi Ezeh
SLB: Craig Roh

BC = J.T. Floyd
FC = Troy Woolfolk
SS: Thomas Gordon (Bandit)
SS: Jordan Kovacs (Spur)
FS: Cam Gordon (Deep Safety)

Here are some rules and terminology clarification. Remember, programs use terminology that is not always universal.

Technique Chart:
..TE …. OT …. OG …. OC ….. OG …. OT …. TE ….
9.8.7..5.4.4i..3.2.2i…1.0.1…2i.2.3…4i.4.5…7.8.9.

Gaps:
(D gap) TE (C gap) OT (B gap) OG (B gap) OC (A gap) OG (B gap) OT (C gap) .. (D gap)

Rules
DT: he plays a 5-technique and has C gap responsibility.
NT: he plays a 1-technique to the strength of the formation and has one A gap (his side) responsibility.
DE: he plays a 4-technique and has B Gap responsibility.

SLB (Strong-side Linebacker): he stacks behind the defensive tackle (at four yards off of the ball) and has B gap responsibility.
MLB (Middle Linebacker): His alignment is a 0-technique (positioning four yards off the ball) and he is responsible for the A gap opposite the Shade nose tackle.
WLB (Weak-side Linebacker): he stacks behind the defensive end and he has C gap responsibility, but he tracks through the B gap.

Spur (Strong Safety): he plays 4×4 (yards) off of the tight end, or the last man on the line of scrimmage, and he has D gap responsibility.
Bandit (Strong Safety): he plays 4×4 (yards) off of the last man on the line of scrimmage, and he has D gap responsibility.
Field CB: plays 1×8 (yards) on the outside of the #1 wide receiver, he is to secure the sideline.
FS (Deep Safety): he plays 12 yards off the ball, splits the two #1 receivers and is the alley player against the running game.
Boundary CB: he plays 1×8 (yards) outside the #1 split end, he is to secure the sideline.

3-3-5 (G Alignment) vs. Pro Set
……………………………….TB

……………………………….FB

……………………………….QB
…FL…………….TE…T…G…C…G…T………………………SE
…………………….^…….^……..^…^
……………………DT……NT..MLB…..DE

……………^………^…………………^…………..^
……………S……SLB………………WLB………….B

^……………………………………………………………………..^
FC…………………………………………………………………..BC

……………………………^
……………………………FS

DT: Greg Banks
NT: Renaldo Sagesse
DE: Ryan Van Bergen

WLB: Jonas Mouton
MLB: Obi Ezeh
SLB: Craig Roh

BC = J.T. Floyd
FC = Troy Woolfolk
SS: Thomas Gordon (Bandit)
SS: Jordan Kovacs (Spur)
FS: Cam Gordon (Deep Safety)

Here are some rules and terminology clarification. Remember, programs use terminology that is not always universal.

Technique Chart:
..TE …. OT …. OG …. OC ….. OG …. OT …. TE ….
9.8.7..5.4.4i..3.2.2i…1.0.1…2i.2.3…4i.4.5…7.8.9.

Gaps:
(D gap) TE (C gap) OT (B gap) OG (B gap) OC (A gap) OG (B gap) OT (C gap) .. (D gap)

Rules
DT: plays a 5-technique, with C gap responsibility.
NT: plays (inside shade) 2i-technique to the strength of the formation with A gap responsibility.
DE: plays a 5-technique with C gap responsibility.

SLB (Strong-side Linebacker): He stacks behind the defensive tackle at four yards off of the ball and he has B gap responsibility.
MLB (Middle Linebacker): he aligns in a two-point stance in a 3-technique and he has the responsibility for the A gap, he is to beat the offensive guard across his face at the snap.
WLB (Weak-side Linebacker): he aligns in the B gap to the quick side of the formation at four yards off the ball. He has B gap responsibility.

Spur (Strong Safety): he plays 4×4 (yards) off of the tight end, or the last man on the line of scrimmage he has D gap responsibility.
Bandit (Strong Safety): he plays 4×4 (yards) off of the last man on the line of scrimmage he has D gap responsibility.
Field CB: he plays 1×8 outside of the #1 wide receiver, he is to secure the sideline.
FS (Deep Safety): he plays 12 yards off the ball, splits the two #1 receivers and is the alley player against the running game.
Boundary CB: he plays 1×8 outside the #1 split end, he is to secure the sideline.

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