FDPB Find A Play: 30 Front Cross Dog

By FirstDown PlayBook on Feb 3, 2023
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Not sure why, but in an era where so many coaches like to draw plays and show video clips on social media, you don’t see a lot of defensive content offered. It’s a shame because other than special teams, defense is where you see glaring errors on high school video. Today we want to use this 30 front, cross dog pressure to make our point.

We will use it to demonstrate how we offer a lot of defensive help on FirstDown PlayBook too. Also, we want to make the point that playing scared is not the way to go when defending the run game.

At first glance, the thought of bringing zone pressure may seem intimidating to a high school defensive coordinator. We would counter that when you have the threat of being aggressive on defense, you will narrow down what an offense is willing to dial up. When we say this, we are not just talking about against the pass game either.

Defensive Pressures Are A Potent Way To Shut Down The Run Game Too

The advantages of a defensive pressure like this 30 front cross dog vs a passing attack are obvious. Most of the time you are going to force the ball to be thrown quickly. In a high school situation, you are also likely to get a free rusher to the quarterback. Even if you do not, normal high school pass protection technique will not hold up in one on one situations.

30 Front Cross Dog

Spread offenses that are coached well will certainly have hot throws built in to their system. This is why the underneath zone coverage needs to know who can be a hot throw. If you play your corners off ten yards then you are giving the quarterback an easy solution. If you drop a defensive lineman into coverage, they must be looking for a quick throw. One that might have the ball hit them right in the chest.

At the end of the day though, high school offenses normally run the ball better than they throw it. Many Double Wing, Wing T offenses won’t throw the ball at all unless it is an RPO situation. We contend that including pressure like this cross dog in your defensive game plan is still a good thing. We have watched so many high school offensive clips where the defense has just sat back on their heels allowing a basic offense to pick them apart.

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Defensive pressure like this cross dog not only gives you a chance for a tackle for loss when you call it. This also helps put doubt into the offensive coordinator’s mind for the rest of the game, not to mention the blockers. Once again, we see too many comfortable offensive play callers when we watch high school video.

You Can Incorporate Youth Football Defensive Pressures Too

Now before we hit the road today, we want to make this point. The number one job of a defensive coordinator is to be able to adjust to offensive formations. So just like you have to get lined up in your base defenses, you must have answers for all formations when you dial up pressure. This is where FirstDown PlayBook can help you. This cross dog video is a good example.

FirstDown PlayBook does not just draw up our defensive pressure help vs one formation. We are just as detailed with this section as we are with all others. When you watch this short video on this 30 front cross dog , you will see that we offer multiple diagrams vs different formations. Coaching points and adjustment notes are also included. Coaches across the country are noticing too.

Obviously, any defensive coordinator will want to make their own adjustments. That is why you can edit all of these defenses and make them your own in FirstDown PlayBook as well. Take a look to see what we mean.

Rod Wheeler