Mike Canales on Attacking the Overhang

Mike Canales

Wut? Surely you know what the overhang defender on an odd-man front is? No? Then you probably don’t know why you are clamoring for a tight-end, do you?

Coach Canales is on board with bringing in a guy that can block the safety and help in the run game, something Boise St. and an assortment of other coaches are doing in response to the odd-fronts defenses are using to stop the spread.

Read more at the always-awesome Smartfootball

One of Canales’ favorite ways to do this is to step the U off the line of scrimmage and motion him across the formation to show a trips set, usually to the field side of the formation. After he does that, he’ll run the zone scheme back into the boundary with the read coming back out the other end. He’ll have different ways to influence the over-hang or alley player, depending on whether he feels that he’s a run or pass first defender.


“We tell our QB’s to look to check the alley player’s horizontal width. If he’s inside the safety, we know that he’s a run defender because he’s closer to the core (tackle box). If he’s truly a pass defender, like a curl/flat defender, chances are his alignment is going to be closer to number two.”

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