Defense with DC (Week 5): Learning from MTSU vs. Miami Plus Defending Critical Situations

Defense with DC (Week 5): Learning from MTSU vs. Miami Plus Defending Critical Situations

Dan Carrel, DC for the Michigan Panthers of the USFL, digs into the MTSU upset of Miami, tips for handling end-of-half and end-of-game two-minute situations, and coaching points for defending the option out of a 3-4 structure.

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“If you’re expecting the work you put in in August to be enough in October, I think you’re probably not going to be satisfied with the results.”
– Dan Carrel at 16:30

Dan Carrel joins the Coach and Coordinator Podcast fall lineup after a successful 2022 campaign as the Defensive Coordinator for the USFL’s Michigan Panthers. Coach Carrel’s previous coaching experience includes stops at Ohio State, Kentucky, Houston, and UMass. Before getting into the coaching profession, he graduated from West Liberty University, where he played linebacker. Coach Carrel will lead the discussion every week of the season on this defense-focused series of Coach and Coordinator Podcast. This week, he studies Middle Tennessee State’s defense, as well as defending two-minute situations.

Follow Dan Carrel on Twitter @DanCarrel.

“As creative as you might be and as multiple as you might be, on offense or defense, in a lot of these critical situations, you’re not going to be nearly as creative.”
– Dan Carrel at 21:13

Show Notes:

(1:07) 4-Down Quarters Defense
>Dictate Where the Ball Is Going to Go
>Get the DL Going Vertical and Cutting Off the Field
>Create Pass Rush on RPO
(5:37) Penetration Kills the Play 
>Spill the Run
>But Safeties Have to Remain Aware of the Possibility of Fitting Inside
>Hold the Glance Window and Play the Run
(9:55) What Worked for MTSU
>Defend Double Squeeze Set, Stick Routes
>Disguise Cloud into Trap Coverage
>3 Deep, 2 Under Fire Zones
(14:10) Defense for Critical Two-Minute Situations
>Build a Library of Critical Situations
>Coach 2-Minute Every Week
>Walkthrough It on Friday (Thursday for High School)
>Work Against Specifics Rather Than Generalities
>There’s Less Creativity in Critical Situations
>The Worst Feeling You Can Have as a Coach
>Bring a Book/Card to the Sideline for When These Situations Occur
(26:18) Defending the Hail Mary 
>3 Man Underneath
>3-Man Front
>LB Attached to the Back
>Run a Stunt to Keep QB in the Pocket
>Put Best Ball Defender in the Middle of the Field
>Bat It Down If You Can, or You Have to Catch It
>Create a Library for Hail Mary
(30:56) Weekly Option Tips 
>East Carolina vs. Navy
>3-4 Structure
>Force Players Need to Be in a Force Position
>Frontside LB Plays Aggressive. Backside LB Is Ready for Center Cut
>You Must Have a Plan for G Lead

“The worst feeling you can have as a coach is being in one of those [critical] situations and feeling like you didn’t prepare the players for it.”
– Dan Carrel at 22:34

Coaches Mentioned in This Episode:

Scott Shafer
Dave Clawson

Additional Defense with DC Episodes:

Self-Scouting the Game Plan
Learning from the Texas vs. Alabama Game