How to Run a 6-2 Football Defense : Gap Assignments For Linebackers

How to Run a 6-2 Football Defense : Gap Assignments For Linebackers


Hi, this is Sean Hobson for Expert Village.
What we’re going to talk about right now are the gap responsibilities of our linebackers
in the 6-2 defense. We’re also going to show you where the gaps are filled up by our front
six here. So first of all we are going to start to the outside. Our defensive end is
always the guy who comes up here and he’s always got this big gap to the outside. Now,
depending on where you place the front six, there’s two gaps that we’re going to have
to put the two linebackers in. One gap is going to be the B gap. The B gap is going
to be on the other side of where the center is at. This is an A gap and this is a B gap.
Most of the time this linebacker is going to be coming right through the B gap. Most
of the time this linebacker is going to be coming right through the B gap because this
guy is going to be engaged with either this guy, or this guy. So the linebacker is going
to read it, and he’s got the one side or the other. We could also bring this linebacker
through the A gap or we can bring him through the C gap if we believe its going to be a
run to the outside. So with two linebackers you can be a little bit more creative. Same
thing with this guy on this side. We can bring him up right here through the B gap, we can
let him come down through the C gap, or we could bring him through the A gap on the other
side that the nose guard takes. The nose guard could go to one A gap, we could bring the
linebacker through the other A gap. So it?s all about what you want to do, the strategies
that you want to use with your team and how much pressure you want to get in the backfield.

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