More Beast Offense Defensive Adjustments

By FirstDown PlayBook on Mar 17, 2024
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The youth football Beast Beater defense. I often wonder if, in the attempt to help Pop Warner and youth football coaches defend the Beast offense, I do more harm than good. Why? Because once again we are talking about something that I wish was not even out there. You can read more about all that here. As long as it is out there, I guess we will help you defend it and hopefully run the offense out of it.

My basic stance is that this does not develop a youth football player. I have been criticized by Beast disciples. As you will see on this video…I struck a nerve or two. That’s okay. A man advertises his biggest weakness. They are just worried you will actually defend this silliness.

Before I get to the Beast defense of the day, I just want to ask these questions of the Beast coaches out there. Do you have offensive line splits? Or are your offensive linemen shoe to shoe? That’s not football. Yale football? They did what they did because they didn’t know any better. Now we do and we hope you do too.

I also compared the Beast offense to Rugby and was much maligned by rugby folks for doing so. To these folks I can only apologize. You are correct. I would not know a rugby scrum if it bit me square in the rear. However, the Beast offense in the form I saw it, looked a lot like what rugby teams do.

Youth football Pop Warner Beast Beater Slant Defense

This Beast Offense Defensive Adjustment Is Only a Changeup To Be Used Sparingly

Back to the topic at hand. Today, we give you an alternative to our base Beast Beaters. I would caution you to just stay with the basic Beast Beaters if it is working for you. However, if you need a changeup, this is a common sense adjustment.

Back your players off of the line by about a foot or two. This will give them time and space to slant to the area where all of the players are. It’s not complicated. If there are three backs to one side or the other then slant that way.

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Your linebackers will make a right or left call. At the end of the day, you are getting your defense to where the Beast formation has more players. Don’t forget you can edit this defense to fit your kids.

What you give up here is the initial penetration. So once again, the Beast Beater slant defense is to be used as a changeup. The likely outcome will be the same pile that is created with your defensive line bodies and of course theirs. The perimeter players must stay disciplined because the ball will likely bounce to them. This is especially true if they are in their Beast Flank formation.

FirstDown PlayBook offers you 6 different defenses just like this Beast Beater. You should consider one or two of these for your Pop Warner defense. Tap on any one of the tiles below to visit the article describing that formation. After reading the article then go join FirstDown PlayBook and get busy coaching your Pop Warner team with the best football playbook available!