Since I am retired for the season I thought I would share my defensive thoughts on my personnel set up and the formation I run out of.
I use the Atlanta Falcons defensive playbook.
It has 4-3, 46, and Nickel 3-3-5.
I mostly run out of the 46.
Here is how I set up my defensive personnel.
LE – I want this to be my best pass rusher
DT – run stuffer
DT – run stuffer
RE – Probably look for a combo run stuffer and pass rusher
MLB – I want this to be my best OVR LB. He will be on the field for me at all times. Looking for hit power, speed and zone, and AWR.
LOLB – I tend to send this guy after the QB a bit, so I look for some Speed and pass rushing stats. Also looking for zone
ROLB – look for hit power and zone coverage
When it comes to my secondary I am quite a bit different than most people. I typically try and take my 2 best secondary players and play them at FS and SS because the middle of the field is abused on this game and also people tend to throw to their slot WRs and TE’s more than the outside.
FS – I am wanting my best AWR and Zone guy here.
SS – I am looking for man coverage, AWR and typically I make this my best cover guy.
CB 1 – I am looking for press coverage and speed
CB2 – press coverage and speed.
Honestly when it comes to the outside CB’s I feel like SPD and press are the two most important things because they are either coverage an curl route, out route or a deep route. Most of the time you can’t stop the curl or the out, so I just want a guy who will not get toasted deep.
CB3 and CB4 I typically use my original FS and SS in these spots, because when I got 46 speed package they are my underneath coverage and since they are safeties they aren’t terrible against the run.
An example of a team depth chart I have used. Dallas Cowboys.
LE - D. Ware
DT - Ratliff
DT - Hatcher
RE - Spencer
MLB - Sean Lee
LOLB - Bruce Carter
ROLB - Ernie Simms
CB1 - Mike Jenkins
CB2 - O. Scandrick
CB3 - Sterling Moore
CB4 - Barry Church
FS - Brandon Carr
SS - Mo Claibourne
Plays I run out of the 46 defense.
Cover 3 zone – with man align. I use this as a base coverage, sometimes I will hot route the light blue’s to purples to protect against the corner or curl route.
Cover 2 zone – with man align and backed off coverage. I like to back off the coverage because if you move the FS back to normal depth it looks like cover 4 and since I run a lot of cover 4, I like to use it as a change of pace to try and get a quick throw. Always user your MLB on this play to cover the middle deep of the field.
Cover 4 – Typically I will change to the speed package and hot route 2 purples on this play. There are 3 underneath yellows and I leave the MLB in his yellow and change the other two to purples. This is a good long down and distance coverage.
Cover 2 man – with base align. Here is your basic man coverage. Sometimes I will hot route the SS to a purple and then user the FS and it turns into a modified cover 1.
I also will drop a DL on certain cover 2 man plays and rush 3 guys.
SS Blitz – typically I just bring down the SS to the LOS outside of the LE and rebltiz him
Inside blitz – all I usually do is man align and press coveage. Key is to take away their first option and the blitz should hit home.
Cover 3 with man align and then re-blitz the MLB and the LOLB. This is the zone version of the inside blitz. I like to user the FS and bring him closer to the LOS to try and take away the quick hitter in the vacting zone. Remember not to get to sucked in though, if your blitz doesn’t hit him.
Fire zone 3 – I typically base align, then I show blitz, then I spread and crash out the DL and then I reblitz the LE. The LE should come free. Typically I like to hot route the SS to a purple zone on this play and then I user the FS and just kind of play ball hawk.
So these are the plays I like to use and I typically will mix them up and set them up as much as possible. I try to stay in the 46 and 46 speed as much as I can because the formation all looks the same and it becomes harder to know what I am doing.
Thought I would share.