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Defensive Practice Planning and 50 Front Defense vs. the Spread

Defensive Practice Planning and 50 Front Defense vs. the Spread

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J.T. Curtis has won 25 Louisiana State Championships, over 500 games, and was the consensus 2012 National Champion. Now you can learn from a champion and take your program to the next level! It is rare that a coach gets the opportunity to to learn from a legend, particularly one who is still coaching and fully understand modern coaching methods and issues. Curtis' football program has been one of the most successful high school football programs in the country. You will quickly see why he has accomplished so much as you watch this DVD. Coach Curtis takes you through the defensive practice preparationthat has made his teams so successful on and off the field. He also provides an analysis of the adjustments he makes in  his 50 front defense to respond to the popular spread offense.

In a very detailed presentation using overhead projection, Curtis defines the intangibles he uses each season to succeed in offense, defense, and special teams. He focuses on areas like practice organization, while also implementing defensive concepts and drills. He shares some of the drills used at the start of the season to build defensive pursuit of the ball carrier out of his remarkable 50 defense.

Coach Curtis continues his discussion by presenting the 50-front defense and the different ways it can be used against a variety of offensive formations. In order to have success at each position on the field, all of the important position changes are analyzed. Curtis identifies the mismatches that a 50-front can create for the spread offense, and also provides several blitzes that can be employed.

Coach Curtis shows the 4-3 front that he uses, which gives multiple looks at his defense. His nickel package utilizes the 4-2-5 look and he points out the importance of pass rush lane integrity by the defensive line. He also discusses the strategy of bringing five defenders from his 50-front and how the "bluff" position by his linebackers can create problems for offensive line protections. All of these adjustments and techniques are thoroughly explained and demonstrated.

If you want to help ensure a successful season, make J.T. Curtis' proven techniques of organization part of your team's practice plan. Add in the 50 front adjustments when facing the ever-popular spread offense and you can create mismatches and havoc on opponents.

Produced at the 2013 Orlando Nike Coach of the Year Clinic.62 minutes. 2013.

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