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The 4-4 Swarm. Presented by Tim Murphy Head Football Coach Clovis East High School www.coachtimmurphy.com. Goals. No plays over 15 yards Give up 7 points or less Give up less than 100 yards rushing Create 3 or more turnovers Minimum of 3 tacklers on the ball.

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the 4 4 swarm
The 4-4 Swarm

Presented by

Tim Murphy

Head Football Coach

Clovis East High School

www.coachtimmurphy.com

goals
Goals
  • No plays over 15 yards
  • Give up 7 points or less
  • Give up less than 100 yards rushing
  • Create 3 or more turnovers
  • Minimum of 3 tacklers on the ball
philosophy against the run
Philosophy against the run

“Bounce and Attack”

Overview

  • D-line will bounce
  • Outside backers will contain
  • Corner will ensure contain
  • Inside backers will fill
  • Free safety will fill
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Philosophy against the run

Reasons for Bounce

  • Slows down ball carrier
  • Forces him to go horizontal
  • Takes him away from assigned hole
  • Buys time for gang tackling(“Swarm”) to develop
  • Breaks up offense working as a team
  • Frustrates ball carrier
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Philosophy against the run

Reasons for Contain

  • Takes the width of the field down from 54 yards to around 5 yards
  • Significantly reduces chances of big play
  • Forces ball carrier back to the teeth of the defense
  • Enables fill players to come aggressively
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Philosophy against the run

Reasons for Fillers

  • Inside-out tackles are easier than outside-in
  • Balances the talent differential
  • Promotes big hits
  • Enables us to be position specific
  • Causes turnovers
philosophy against the pass
Philosophy against the pass

“Disrupt and Attack”

Overview

  • D-line will disrupt quarterbacks/tight ends
  • Backers will disrupt routes of receivers and vision of quarterback
  • Defensive backs will disrupt all phases of the vertical game
disrupt and attack
Disrupt and Attack

Defensive Line

  • Will get into throwing lanes (especially against the 3-step drop game)
  • Will collapse pocket forcing quarterback to throw off back foot and not follow thru
  • Will not allow the quarterback to roll out
  • Will jam tight ends on any release
  • Will relentlessly attack down field after ball is released
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Disrupt and Attack

Linebackers

  • Will drop into throwing lanes
  • Will re-route receivers
  • Will break on quarterbacks near shoulder
  • Will blitz from all areas
  • Will relentlessly attack when ball is released
disturb and attack
Disturb and Attack

Defensive backs

  • Will take away all deep routes
  • Will break on deep intermediate routes (routes 15 yards or more)
  • On vertical seam routes will make big hits, knock down or intercept any ball thrown in that area