Defensive Line Calls and Stunts Part 1

Inside and Outside Stunt System Of Movement Sam, Rover, and Defensive Ends

Jam, Pinch, and Tango deal with Ends and Outside Inverts (Sam and Rover).

1. Jam: Both Ends and Inverts execute stunt
2. Jam Weak: Backside End and Rover execute stunt
3. Jam Strong: Callside End and Sam execute stunt
4. Pinch: Both Ends and Inverts execute stunt
5. Pinch Weak: Backside End and Rover execute stunt
6. Pinch Strong: Callside End and Sam execute stunt
7. Tango: Both Ends and Inverts execute stunt
8. Tango Weak: Backside End and Rover execute stunt
9. Tango Strong: Callside End and Sam execute stunt

Defense Called: 31 Jam Cover 05

Position Technique
Callside End 6i Technique Listen for right or left call and play off inside hip of the tight end slipping to outside.  Contain once the Strike has cleared. End has contain with run to and chase with run away. Look for bootleg, reverse, counter. Contain any trap your side.
Callside Tackle
3 Technique
Callside 3 technique has “B” gap responsibility. Split the crotch with inside foot. Wrong arm any trap your side. Run away collapse and play through back door.
Backside Nose
1 Technique
Backside 1 technique has backside “A” gap responsibility. Split the crotch of center with inside foot. Wrong arm any trap your side. Run away collapse and play through back door.
Backside End
5 Technique
Backside 5 technique engage the offensive tackle slipping to outside contain once the razor has cleared by rushing off the backside edge. You have contain with run to and collapse with run away.
Sam
Outside
Align 3 yards outside the tight end, you have outside rush with no contain responsibility, collapse with run away.
Mike
Linebacker
Align in Callside “A” at a depth of 4 1/2 yards. Key near back your side, check counter with run away. Play coverage called.
Will
Linebacker
Align in backside “B” at a depth of 4 1/2 yards. Key guard to near back, check counter with run away. Play coverage called..
Rover
Outside
Align 3 yards outside the openside tackle, you have outside rush with no contain responsibility, collapse with run away.
Callside
Corner
Play coverage called, you have number one yourside. Alignment is dictated by the athletic ability of the receiver and defender.
Free
Safety
Play cover called, responsibility dictated by coverage and formation
Backside Corner Play coverage called, you have number one yourside. Alignment is dictated by the athletic ability of the receiver and defender.

 

Defense Called: 30 Jam (Odd) Cover 05

Position Technique
Callside End
7i Technique
Listen for right or left call and then align as a wide 7 technique, engage the tight end slip outside once the Strike has cleared. Contain with run to and chase with run away. With chase technique look for bootleg, reverse, counter.
Callside Tackle
5 Technique
Callside 5 technique has “C” gap responsibility. Split the crotch with inside foot. Wrong arm any trap your side. Run away collapse and play through back door.
Backside Tackle
0 Technique
Backside tackle align as a 0 technique or head up on the center. Play gap assignment according to defensive called.
Backside End
5 Technique
Backside 5 technique has “D” gap to outside responsibility. Split the crotch with inside foot. Engage the OT, slip outside once the Razor has cleared. Contain any trap your side. Run away chase technique deep as the ball, keep ball inside.
Sam
Outside
Align 3 yards outside the callside TE(9T), align at same depth as the Mike Linebacker. Rush hard off the callside with no contain responsibility, collapse with ball away.
Mike
Linebacker
Align shaded over the guard with inside foot splitting the crouch of the guard at a depth of 4 1/2 yards. Key guard to near back, check counter with run away. Play coverage called.
Will
Linebacker
Align shaded over the guard with inside foot splitting the crouch of the guard at a depth of 4 1/2 yards. Key guard to near back, check counter with run away. Play coverage called.
Rover
Outside
Align 3 yards outside the backside tackle if no tight end, align at same depth as the Mike Linebacker. Rush hard off the backside with no contain responsibility, collapse with ball away.
Callside
Corner
Play coverage called, you have number one yourside. Alignment is dictated by the athletic ability of the receiver and defender.
Free
Safety
Play cover called, responsibility dictated by coverage and formation.
Backside Corner Play coverage called, you have number one yourside. Alignment is dictated by the athletic ability of the receiver and defender.

 

Defense Called: 31 Tight Jam Cover “3”

Position Technique
Callside End
5 Technique
Listen for right or left call and then align as a 5 technique. Engage offensive tackle release outside once Strike clears your side. With chase technique look for bootleg, reverse, counter. Contain any trap your side.
Callside Bandit
3 Technique
Callside 3 technique has “B” gap responsibility. Split the crotch of offensive guard withinside foot. Wrong arm any trap your side. Run away collapse and play through back door.
Backside Nose
1 Technique
Backside 3 technique has “B” gap responsibility. Split the crotch with inside foot. Wrong arm any trap your side. Run away collapse and play through back door.
Backside End
5 Technique
Backside 5 technique has “D” gap to outside responsibility. Split the crotch with inside foot. Engage the OT, slip outside once the Razor has cleared. Contain any trap your side. Run away chase technique deep as the ball, keep ball inside.
Sam
Outside
Align as a wide 7 technique, you hace “C” gap responsibility. Rush hard off the callside with no contain responsibility, collapse with ball away
Mike
Linebacker
Align in Callside “A” at a depth of 4 1/2 yards. Key near back yourside, check counter with run away. Play coverage called.
Will
Linebacker
Align in backside “B” gap at a depth of 4 1/2 yards. Key offensive guard to near back yourside, check counter with run away. Play coverage called.
Rover
Outside
Align 3 yards outside the backside tackle if no tight end, align at same depth as the Mike Linebacker. Rush hard off the backside with no contain responsibility, collapse with ball away.
Callside
Corner
Play coverage called, you have number one yourside. Alignment is dictated by the athletic ability of the receiver and defender.
Free
Safety
Play cover called, responsibility dictated by coverage and formation.
Backside Corner Play coverage called, you have number one yourside. Alignment is dictated by the athletic ability of the receiver and defender.

 


Defense Called: 31 Wide Weak Jam Cover 10

Position Technique
Callside End
7 Technique
Listen for right or left call and then align as a 7 technique. Contain with run to and chase with run away. With chase technique look for bootleg, reverse, zone cutback. Contain any trap your side.
Callside Tackle
3 Technique
Callside 3 technique has “B” gap responsibility. Split the crotch with inside foot. Wrong arm any trap your side. Run away collapse and play through back door.
Backside Tackle
1 Technique
Backside 1 technique has “A” gap responsibility. Split the crotch of center with inside foot. Wrong arm any trap your side. Run away collapse and play through back door.
Backside End
5 Technique
Backside 5 technique has “D” gap to outside responsibility. Split the crotch with inside foot. Engage the OT, slip outside once the Razor has cleared. Contain any trap your side. Run away chase technique deep as the ball, keep ball inside.
Sam
Outside
Align as a 6i technique with the outside foot splitting the crotch of the tight end, you hace “C” gap responsibility. Key near hip of tackle. Wrong arm any trap to you and sweeper collapse vs run away. Play coverage called.
Mike
Linebacker
Align in Callside “A” at a depth of 4 1/2 yards. Key near back yourside, check counter with run away. Play coverage called.
Will
Linebacker
Align in backside “B” gap at a depth of 4 1/2 yards. Key offensive guard to near back yourside, check counter with run away. Play coverage called.
Rover
Outside
Align 3 yards outside the backside tackle if no tight end, align at same depth as the Mike Linebacker. Rush hard off the backside with no contain responsibility, collapse with ball away.
Callside
Corner
Play coverage called, you have number one yourside. Alignment is dictated by the athletic ability of the receiver and defender.
Free
Safety
Play cover called, responsibility dictated by coverage and formation.
Backside Corner Play coverage called, you have number one yourside. Alignment is dictated by the athletic ability of the receiver and defender.


Defense Called: 55 Stack Jam Cover 05

Position Technique
Callside End
5 Technique
Listen for right or left call and then align as a 5 technique. Engage offensive tackle
release outside once Strike clears your side. With chase technique look for bootleg,
reverse, counter. Contain any trap your side.
Nose Tackle
0 Technique
Nose align head up on the center play front side “A” gap. Run away collapse and play through back door.
Backside Tackle Stack Backside Tackle align in a Stack position behind Tackle who is aligned head up on the cennter. You have backside “A” gap responsibility. Possible rip or liz tap(nose tackle to tap side)
Backside End
5 Technique
Backside 5 technique has “D” gap to outside responsibility. Split the crotch with inside foot. Engage the OT, slip outside once the Razor has cleared. Contain any trap your side. Run away chase technique deep as the ball, keep ball inside.
Sam
Outside
Align as a wide 7 technique, you hace “C” gap responsibility. Rush hard off the callside with no contain responsibility, collapse with ball away.
Mike
Linebacker
Align stacked behind callside tackle by splitting his crotch with outside foot at a depth of 4 1/2 yards. Key guard to near back yourside, check counter with run away. Play coverage called.
Will
Linebacker
Align stacked behind backlside tackle by splitting his crotch with outside foot at a depth of 4 1/2 yards. Key guard to near back yourside, check counter with run away. Play coverage called.
Rover
Outside
Align 3 yards outside the backside tackle if no tight end, align at same depth as the Mike Linebacker. Rush hard off the backside with no contain responsibility, collapse with ball away.
Callside
Corner
Play coverage called, you have number one yourside. Alignment is dictated by the athletic ability of the receiver and defender.
Free
Safety
Play cover called, responsibility dictated by coverage and formation.
Backside Corner Play coverage called, you have number one yourside. Alignment is dictated by the athletic ability of the receiver and defender.

 

Defense Called: 31 Pinch Cover “05”

Position Technique
Callside End
6i Technique
Listen for right or left call and then align as a 7 technique. Slip inside aiming at near hip of tackle, you have collapse with run away work off back heels of offensive line.
Callside Bandit
3 Technique
Callside 3 technique has “B” gap responsibility. Split the crotch with inside foot. Wrong arm any trap your side. Run away collapse and play through back door.
Backside Tackle
1 Technique
Backside 3 technique has “B” gap responsibility. Split the crotch with inside foot.  Wrong arm any trap your side. Run away collapse and play through back door.
Backside End
5 Technique
Backside 5 technique cross the face of offensive tackle aiming at near hip of guard, ovid making contact with offensive tackle, you have collapse versus run away.
Sam
Outside
Will pressure off the outside edge with no contain responsibilty when cover 5 is attached to the call. Chase with ball away keeping ball on inside shoulder.
Mike
Linebacker
Align in callside “A” at a depth of 4 1/2 yards. Key near back yourside, check counter with run away. If cover 5 is alerted you have outside contain with run yourside. Key screens and draws.
Will
Linebacker
Align in backside “B” at a depth of 4 1/2 yards. Key near back yourside, check counter  with run away. If cover 5 is alerted you have contain with run yourside. Key screens and draws.
Rover
Outside
With Pinch call the Razor comes off the outside edge with no contain responsibility with cover 5 coverage. Chase with run away.
Callside
Corner
Play coverage called, you have number one yourside. Alignment is dictated by the athletic ability of the receiver and defender.
Free
Safety
Play cover called, responsibility dictated by coverage and formation.
Backside Corner Play coverage called, you have number one yourside. Alignment is dictated by the athletic ability of the receiver and defender.

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About the Author of this post:

Jerry Campbell has over 30 years of high school and college coaching experience. He has experience as a head coach, offensive coordinator, and various position coaches. He has written numerous football coaching articles in various publications, is the author of over 30 books on coaching football, and has produced 12 coaching video series. Additionally, he is a nationally sought after speaker on the coaching clinic circuit.

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