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LFITQ wrote:Thanks for the feedback guys. At practice tonight I really tried the 4-3-2 mentioned (a variation of WCJ's 4-2-2 as i have an extra player). I have some really undersized players. The Head Coach and I have a philosophy that everyone has a starting position (we only have 17 players on the roster). The head coach is running the O and I am looking after the D. I've gone with an idea that I'm letting the HC pick who he wants on O and I will take the rest. Which has left a lot of undersized players. I have 2 players in particular that are undersized, it's their first year playing, and they are easily intimidated and come to play with a "can't do" attitude unless the person is smaller than them (which isn't many). I've tried one of them at DE because he can do it (IMO) but he just isn't willing. The other player could probably pass as a peewee he is so small and gives excuse after excuse. Tonight I put him at CB to cover a pretty good player. He had 3 knock downs! But he was still all negative (I really think he is really worried about getting hit).
In your 4-2-2 WCJ you said you blitzed the LB's constantly. A few of questions. 1) were they lined up in the interior 2) which gaps did you have them blitz 3) how did you defend against the sweeps 4) in your league did you have the rule that tackles are always eligible? I'm worried that if my LB's are blitzing they will actually get caught up in the mix in the middle and the outside won't have any support. I have some really undersized players playing OLB, tenacious, but undersized.
LFITQ wrote:time for another update as the season draws to a close.
We played our semi-final play off game on Wednesday. We took control early with some great plays by our offence and before we knew it we were up 24-6 at the half. However, just before halftime is when the opposition scored its touchdown on us. That was actually a good thing, because the boys were getting a little too confident up until that point. It allowed me as Defensive coach to help bring them back down to earth and focused. It doesn't take long at this age for a team to turn it around and pull out the victory in the second half.
However, in the second half we managed to keep some drives going and really dominated the play again finishing the game with a score of 39 - 12. The opposition scored a nice TD on a botched play by my CB who tried to play the ball rather than the man as last man back and got burned. Again, nice as it was a teaching lesson for practice on Thursday.
Now we play in the finals against the top team in the league (and our arch rivals) who went 8-1 all season. Their lone loss coming at our hands in a very close battle. Game day will be this Saturday on what looks like it will be a chilly morning.
This season has been a great experience and really re-ignited the fire i thought burned out a while ago for coaching minor football.
Thanks for your input guys, it has been greatly appreciated and well utilized!
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