Category Archive: Coach Mark Theophel

Mar 07

Defending RPOs: Run Your Defense

  By Mark Theophel, Defensive Coordinator Hartwick College With RPOs being talked about at almost every level of football across the country, it’s becoming increasingly important for defenses to come up with ways to deal with multiple options on every play. These Run/Pass Options aren’t going anywhere and Offensive Coordinators are getting more and more …

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Sep 09

Variations of the 3-3 Stack Defense

Running a 3-3 stack or any other Odd Front defense allows for many advantages that offenses must contend with each week. On the most basic level, 3-Down fronts demand that the offense prepare for multiple pressure threats that could come from different sides of the defense. One of the reasons we like the 3-3 Stack …

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Jul 05

Multiple Rush Options Out of the 3-3 Stack

Running a 3-3 stack or any other Odd Front defense allows for many advantages that offenses must contend with each week. On the most basic level, 3-Down fronts demand that the offense prepare for multiple pressure threats that could come from different sides of the defense. One of the reasons we like the 3-3 Stack …

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Apr 08

Protecting Our Players, Protecting Our Game

In many of my conversations, both on the road recruiting and among other colleagues at the college level, I continue to hear a disturbing trend regarding what those in our profession are challenged to deal with in the midst of this concussion problem. It’s hard to not feel frustrated upon hearing people describe the game …

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Nov 26

Using Half-Field Coverage to Double Team a Single WR

Facing a great WR who can exploit one-on-one matchups can be a difficult challenge for a defense. Coordinators are often faced with the challenge of assigning more than one player to cover just one offensive weapon, which becomes particularly problematic when an offense couples this threat with the ability to effectively run the football vs. …

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May 20

Simple Tips for an Effective Pass Rush

In coaching defensive linemen and linebackers in a base pass rush, there are several tips and points of emphasis that can extract maximum value from a one-on-one match-up. When coaching the outside cage rusher in particular, the key coaching point that I like to focus on is for the rusher to get off the ball …

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Feb 28

Coaching the Gap-Exchange vs. the Zone Read

In these modern times, the zone read has become one of the most heavily discussed plays in football. Many collegiate and high school offenses are built around it as their base offensive play, while many other systems have incorporated it as a change-up to their traditional arsenal of run plays. The bottom line is that …

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Dec 29

Using the Punt Block/Return Team as a Weapon

Of all the ways to seize momentum in a football game, there are few things more devastating than a blocked punt. The field position swing that comes with a blocked punt drastically changes the expectations and the strategy of both teams, and it can even be a means of coming up with a quick score. …

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Nov 27

Basic ILB Run Reads in the Multiple 3-4 Defense

Defending the run in our 3-4 defensive scheme rests heavily on our inside linebackers ability to diagnose blocking schemes and attack the line of scrimmage with speed and efficiency. To accomplish this, our LBs need to be disciplined in their key reads, going through the same repetitive progression on every play. If our LBs can …

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Sep 30

Finding the Right Special Teams Personnel

It is continually said that special teams is 1/3 of the game, so much so that at this point it has become something of a cliché. Despite how coaches repeat it, we can easily forget just how impactfull special teams can be as we focus on our respective positions and offensive/defensive schemes. The truth is, …

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