Defending 10 Personnel from an Even Front

by Eric Kasperowicz
Defending 10 Personnel from an Even Front


Discover all of the in's and out's of defending 10P, one of the most popular personnel groupings of offense in football today.

Coach Eric Kasperowicz spent the 2021season as an assistant coach with the ACC Champion Pittsburgh Panthers.
Coach Kasperowicz was at Pine-Richland High School (PA) Head Coach (85-18) for 8 years, 83% win percentage in Pennsylvania's biggest classification.

2020 Pennsylvania Class 5A State Champs (11-0 record)

2019 WPIAL 6A Finalists (10-2)

2018 WPIAL 6A Champions (11-3)(3rd title in 5 years);

2017 Pennsylvania Class 6A State Champs (16-0 record)

2017 Finalist for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Coach of the Year 

Eric Kasperowicz has a wealth of experience playing and coaching defensive football. As head coach of the Pine-Richland High School Rams, he won two Pennsylvania 6A state championships in 8 years.

In this video, you'll see Coach Kasperowicz present on the 4-3 defense defending the Spread Offense. He will give you ideas for adjustments that you can use to help your players quickly counter any offense.

Spread offense has evolved into a number of different variations that require simple, sound principles defensively. These defensive principles must have built in adjustments that counter great players, protect defensive liabilities, and have answers for offensive adjustments. These adjustments imperative of any great defense. Unwritten rules of defending the spread effectively are great eye control, sure tackling, and great effort.

Some of the most effective spread offenses use a “no huddle” or “check with me” pace that stresses defenses to get aligned. The way to offset tempo offenses are with the simplicity of defensive signals and a no-huddle defense. Using defenses that are called with one word that encompasses front mechanics, linebacker alignments, and coverage, will lessen panic and confusion. No-huddle defense makes players responsible for getting the signal from the sideline, then understanding the offensive formation and tendency with a high football IQ. 


The Coach


Eric Kasperowicz

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Coach Eric Kasperowicz spent the 2021season as an assistant coach with the ACC Champion Pittsburgh Panthers.

Former Head Coach of the Pine-Richland Rams, Coach Kasperowicz was the Head Coach there for 8 years and has a career record of 85-18 (.825).
Eric Kasperowicz led the 2020 Pine-Richland Rams to their second Pennsylvania State Championship in the past four years an undefeated 11-0 record.  The Rams finished as high as #14 in the USA according to Max Preps and #24 according to USA Today.  In 2017, the Pine-Richland football also finished as State Champions and a 16-0 record.  They finished as the #1 in Pennsylvnia and #10 in the USA according to MaxPreps Xcellent 25 football rankings. Kasperowicz has been the Rams' head coach for 8 years.

In 2017 Coach Kasperowicz was named a finalist for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Coach of the Year honor.  Coach Kasperowicz was the National Federation of High School (NFHS) Coach of the Year this past season (2018).  He was the PA State Coach of the Year, the Post-Gazette AAAA Coach of the Year, and the PA Football News AAAA and PA Football writers AAAA Coach of the Year in 2017 & 2014. 

Playing Career

Coach graduated from North Hills High School in 1994 where he was a 4-year starter at Quarterback and Safety. He led the Indians to a WPIAL AAAA Championship and the school’s first & only PA State Championship.

Considered as the best all-around player in WPIAL history, Eric had 6,869 career yards and 20 career interceptions as a defensive back. In 1994, along with Peyton Manning, Eric was selected as a Parade All-American.  Eric was also selected as the USA Today and Associated Press Pennsylvania Player of the year and was the starting Quarterback in the prestigious Big 33 Game (PA vs. OH), was later voted as the All Time Greatest Player in Western PA (WPIAL) beating out just great sports luminaries such as Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett, Dan Marino and Lavar Arrington. All of these awards culminated with Eric’s 2014 induction into the WPIAL Hall of Fame.

Upon his graduation from high school, he attended the University of Pittsburgh on a football scholarship lettering all 4 years and was the team’s starting outside linebacker his last two years. After an injury-plagued career and a few NFL tryouts later, Eric was able to return to his high school alma mater to begin his coaching career. Coach Kasperowicz spent 11 years as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator under the legendary Jack McCurry, with each year getting the team to the 9 win mark. 

Coach Kasperowicz lives in Pittsburgh with his lovely wife Jennifer, and his three children, Ella, Eric and Emlyn. 

Ratings and Reviews (1)

Coach Burns

Great stuff Coach! I appreciate how in depth your videos are. I highly reccomend Coach's videos in the Glazier Drive for anyone looking to study the 4-3.

Dec 8, 22 06:51 AM

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