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Arnsparger's Coaching Defensive Football

1st Edition

By Bill Arnsparger

CRC Press

424 pages

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Hardback: 9781574441628
pub: 1998-07-24

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Experience the thoughts and strategies of a highly successful former professional athletic coach and college athletic administrator with this excellent new source for defensive football strategies.

In Arnsparger's Coaching Defensive Football, Bill Arnsparger shares his know-how, personal philosophies, and the essential details that make up a winning team, including:

  • Basic information

  • Run defense

  • Pass coverage, including zone, man, and blitz

  • Short yardage

  • Goal line

  • The substitution package of five, six, and seven defensive backs

  • And much more!

    Special situations are covered as well-two minutes, offensive group formations, last play call, and unbalanced line adjustments. In addition to the technical aspects of the defense strategy, the mental aspects-the attitude, discipline, and motivation behind a winning defense-are presented.

    This is a complete defensive football coaching course packed into a single, hands-on reference. Students and athletes will learn from a master-and fans will find out what's behind the moves.

  • Table of Contents

    Pre-Game Warm Up


    The Kick-Off

    50 Years of Thoughts

    Basic Information



    Support Assignments

    Destroy Technique


    Backfield Alignments

    Hole Numbering

    Play Numbering

    Pass Numbering


    Over & Under

    Defensive Line Fundamentals

    Pass Rush Games


    Key vs. Run

    Keys vs. Pass

    Blitz Paths


    Zone Coverage

    Zone Blitz

    Man Coverage

    Defensive Backs Fundamentals

    Man/Man Coverage Techniques & Drills

    Individual Pass Defense Technique

    Hold & Jam Technique

    Trail Technique


    Blitz Coverage

    Blitz & Blitz Coverage



    Mary Susan-My Daughter and Her Thoughts!

    Media Relations

    What it Takes to be No. 1-by Vince Lombardi

    Short Yardage & Goal Line

    Fronts & Coverage

    Substituted Pass Coverage & Blitz

    Personnel Numbering

    Pass Coverage

    Bunch Adjustments

    Pass Only Blitz & Coverage

    Special Situations

    Two Minutes

    Last Play Call

    Group Formation Adjustments

    Unbalanced Line Adjustments

    Discipline/Motivation-Step-by-Step Teaching


    Teaching-A Part of Motivation


    Practice Schedule

    Video Evaluation

    The Eyes: Lead the Body!

    Developing a Game Plan

    The Signal Caller

    Stealing Signals

    Sudden Death

    Coaching-My Career and Thoughts!

    Growing Up!

    University of Kentucky (1944)

    U.S. Marine Corps

    Miami University (1947-1950)

    Ohio State University (1951-1953)

    University of Kentucky (1954-1961)

    Tulane University (1962-1963)

    Baltimore Colts (1964-1969)

    Miami Dolphins (1970-1973)

    New York Giants (1974-1976)

    Miami Dolphins (1976-1983)

    LSU (1984-1986)

    University of Florida (1987-1991)

    San Diego Chargers (1992-1994)

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    BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management Science