425 READ & REACT DEFENSE: Techniques and Drills Manualby Rick Stewart
This is SECTION 4 of the Complete, 300-page playbook
EASILY go from 4-4 to a 4-2-5 to a 3-4 Defense !
Matches up with the READ & REACT videos on CoachTube.
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (24 pages)
Philosophy leads into the 9-step progression of what a D-Lineman must master on every play:
(1) Pre-Snap Plan; (2) Alignment; (3) Stance; (4) Get-Off; (5) Hands; (6) Lock & Separate; (7) Escape; (8) Pursuit; (9) Tackle
There are 13 different techniques to use against Run Blocks that are explained in great detail. Then the manual describes the techniques to use versus:
--> DRIVE, DOWN, & REACH BLOCKS vs 0, 1, 2i, 2, 3, 4i, 5, 6, and 7 technique
--> TRAPS & KICKOUTS
--> DOUBLE TEAMS & SCOOPS
The next secion is STIMULUS-RESPONSE versus all the above mentioned blocks.
3 pages detailing pass rush techniques
Over 30 drills to use during your INDIVIDUAL sessions, followed by drills to do in group sessions
INSIDE LINEBACKERS (18 pages)
Attributes, Stance, Alignments are covered at first, followed by READ & KEYS when reading Lineman, and then READ & KEYS when reading backfield flow.
Stewart keeps it simple: Linebackers only have to learn TOUGH, SCRAPE, and FAST techniques versus the run.
Backfield Flow is broken up into FULL, SPLIT, and COUNTER
How to defeat Seven Basic Blocks
Pass Drops vs Hook/Curl and great detail on how to defend shallow crossers, including Tight Ends
31 Individual Drills plus 2on1 and 6vs4 Group Drills
OUTSIDE LINEBACKER-SAFETY HYBRIDS (8 pages)
In the 425 this position plays the traditional Outside Linebacker, same as in the 4-4, but also has to be able to drop back and play a Quarters Safety.
All Run Fits and Pass Responsibilities are broken down by if there is 1, 2, or 3 receivers on your side. This makes it easy for players to grasp.
DRILLS include defeat blocks, pass coverage, Re-Routing, and Rushing off the Edge
FREE SAFETY and CORNERS (10 pages)
Alignments, stance, reads, and footwork progression while reading run or pass.
Great detail on how to get "in-phase" versus every route from the 1, 3, and 5-step drop.
Then the manual goes over 2 defenders vs 2 receivers and how to communicate.
Defeat Blocks, Proper Pursuit Angles, and Tackling Drills also included.
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Coach Stewart has been a football coach for 27 years, 22 at the high school level including 16 as a head coach. He took three losing programs to playoffs.
--> Won 9 games with a Pennslyvania team that hadn't won 9 games since 1982 and had only won 8 games in 5 years
--> Won 40 games in 5 years, first playoff win in 100-year school history, and back-to-back section title games at school that had won 8 games in 5 years
--> Took 0-27 Corcoran to undefeated league title in his second season. Coaching staff remained after Stewart left and won 3 consecutive section titles
--> During his absence, McFarland went 1-19. Stewart led them to their 4th playoff in 2004. This was McFarland's last winning season
--> Took 0-24 McFarland team to its 3rd playoff in 75 years in 1999. (Stewart took a 3-year hiatus after that season)
Stewart also has coached basketball, serving as AAU director for girls basketball in California and tutored seven girls to D-1 scholarships. He understands what coaches want and his company, ALL ACCESS COACHING, is all about helping the next generation of coaches.