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Monday, March 8, 2010

Football Goal-line Defence

Football can be exciting, last play of the game and you're on your goal-line winning by a slim margin and it comes down to one big play. All the marbles are on the line? But wait a minute! Do you have a goal-line defence as part of your football system, or are you in one of your regular defences?

The answer to that question could determine whether or not you will be successful in this situation.

Goal-line defence should be practiced regularly and be treated like a football specialty team. That is, you want your best players on the field for this situation. With the game or season on the line it could come down to one play on your goal-line to determine whether or not your football season is over or not. You bring in your best and biggest linemen, as well as your best athletes available to play in this situation. You practice it every week like a special team, put the ball on the 2 yard line and bring in the "heavies".

Perhaps your all-star running back goes in as an outside linebacker, your star receiver plays cornerback and your all-conference guard goes in to play tackle. Whatever, it is, make sure you load up in this situation. A lot of times just bringing in rested players will do the trick as the offence perhaps has been on the field awhile having marched the ball to your goal-line and maybe a little tired. The fresh legs can make a big difference. Just remember, treat your goal-line defence like a special team, bring this look in for this situation only, its hard for players to be effective on both sides of the ball for the entire game.

A lot of times a goal-line defence will play gap control with good outside contain with man coverage downfield and probably blitz a back to force the offence into making a mistake, create a turn-over, or sack the quarterback. You want them to be aggressive and to attack!

A goal-line stand can be a big momentum changer and can demoralize an offence, practice it every week and with your best players!


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