On this week’s episode of Defense with DC, Coach Dan Carrel discusses how one of the top FBS defenses gets it done with fundamentals, his three must-haves for successful red zone defense, and the advantages of defending the option with a Bear Front.
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 what makes Illinois a top-performing defense, red zone defense, and the advantages of a Bear Front against the option.
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(2:09) Illinois Defense
>Fixing the Defense by Excelling at the Fundamentals
>Defensive Coordinator Ryan Walters
>High Level of Execution at All Levels
>Slot Man Coverage
>2 Trap Coverage
>Creative Ways to Disguise Two-High Structure
>Exotics on Third Down
>Roster Development Critical to Sustained Success Over Time
>Fixing Fundamentals Improves the Team Right Now
(10:54) Three Red Zone Musts
>Don’t Let Them Run It In
>Play the Pass Inside-Out – Make the Throws Go to the Pylon
>Account for the QB as a Runner
(21:07) Defending the Option with Bear
>Tulsa vs. Navy Quick Study
>Change What the Offense Is Willing to Do
>Dictate Where the Ball Is Going to Go