The advantage of zone coverage is that each defender is responsible for a predetermined area of the field. Playing zone defense allows a defensive back to have vision on both the ball and the receivers in his area, allowing him to quickly read a run or pass.
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Multiple formation and motion offenses of the modern football era present many defensive challenges. Football’s Eagle & Stack Defenses will prepare teams and individual players to not only defend but also attack and dominate whatever offensive tactics an opponent might employ.
Author Ron Vanderlinden has been coach and architect of several of the most formidable defensive teams in the past 20 seasons. From the University of Colorado’s national champions in 1990 to Northwestern’s Big Ten title–winning team in 1995 to the revitalized, high-pursuit Penn State attack, Vanderlinden’s well-drilled defensive players and units have enjoyed tremendous success.
Now, in this book, you can learn all the details of the defensive tactics and techniques as well as the coaching points that can make these two defenses so effective. No other book combines these fronts, and there is no one better equipped than Vanderlinden to put them together in a variety of game situations that will allow your defense to control your opponent’s offense. Football’s Eagle & Stack Defenses will be your best defensive co-coordinator for this season and many seasons to come.
Part I Foundational Elements
Chapter 1. High-Pursuit Philosophy and Tactics
Chapter 2. Gap Designations and Role Playing
Part II Eagle Defense
Chapter 3. Eagle Alignments
Chapter 4. Eagle Coverage Calls
Chapter 5. Eagle Stunt Packages
Chapter 6. Eagle Versus Common Running Plays
Part III Stack Defense
Chapter 7. Stack Alignments
Chapter 8. Stack Coverage Calls
Chapter 9. Stack Stunt Packages
Chapter 10. Stack Versus Common Running Plays
Part IV Eagle-Stack Combos
Chapter 11. Eagle with Stack Modifications
Chapter 12. Stack with Eagle Modifications
Part V Reads, Stances, and Techniques
Chapter 13. Defensive Linemen
Chapter 14. Linebackers
Chapter 15. Defensive Backs
Part VI Situational Preparation And Execution
Chapter 16. Goal Line Defense
Chapter 17. Game Planning
Chapter 18. Player Organization and Critical Situations
Ron Vanderlinden has been Penn State University's linebacker coach since 2001, where he is recognized for developing one of the top linebacker units in the nation. He coached the 2005 and 2006 Bednarik Award winners, the 2005 Butkus Award winner, two-time first-team All-American Paul Posluszny, and consensus All-American Dan Connor. Vanderlinden began his coaching career in 1978 as a graduate assistant for Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where he had earned his master's of arts degree. He has enjoyed great success in his career as a Division I coach with stints at the University of Colorado, Northwestern University, the University of Maryland, and his current position at Penn State. Vanderlinden has been an integral part of four Big Ten championship teams, three Big Eight championship teams, and one National Championship team. He and his wife, Lisa, live in State College, Pennsylvania.
"Football's Eagle & Stack Defenses depicts Ron's successful defensive systems. This book is applicable to all coaches and players. It will be required reading for all defensive coordinators."
Pat Fitzgerald Head Football Coach, Northwestern University
"Coach Vanderlinden possesses a tremendous amount of football knowledge. In Football's Eagle & Stack Defenses he details many of the schemes and techniques that helped our defense rank among the top 15 in the nation in each of my last three seasons at Penn State."
Paul Posluszny Linebacker, Buffalo Bills Chuck Bednarik and Butkus Award Winner