First, many teams see a GAP 8 defense? I'm coaching a 11-12 year old team. Idea is to block down on playside and kickout with backs. This may limit the ability to run up middle but have had success running off and using speed to get outside. Guessing also with middle open TE's should have a field day on dump passes and seam routes?
Post by Chris Clement on Aug 17, 2014 17:44:50 GMT -6
The weak point of any of those defenses in that family is off tackle. They're nigh-impenetrable up the middle and very strong outside, but it's tough on the LBs to fill off tackle. If you can get a puller then you're in great shape, but don't do it if you're not confident that you can fill for the puller because you'll end up with half the DL in your backfield.
Post by coachrobpsl on Aug 18, 2014 15:06:21 GMT -6
Yup, off tackle. Some schemes that generally pull will not against these defenses. We don't see it much honestly which surprises me considering how strong the gap 8 is against the sweep(bread and butter of most youth teams).