Hey guys, I know everyone is interested in different game plan perspectives, so today I am going to give you a little insight into my defensive gameplan.
I run 3-4 as my base defense. I try to stay in the 3-4 as much as possible. whenever that is not possible I switch to nickel 2-4-5, out of which I run a number of plays that allow me to bring heavy pressure from all over the field, while still covering the pass successfully 95% of the time.
I like to make my opponent feel comfortable and settle into his gameplan on my first defensive drive. To do this I run a dime defense. Of course I don't want the offense to break open a big play. That's what I love about the dime, it allows me to cover the run and the pass, decode the offensive playcalling, and dictate what plays the offense calls, while at the same time letting the offense move the ball slowly. After the first quarter I rarely run dime defense.
Once I figure out what plays the offense likes to run, I start mixing in the 3-4 and 2-4-5 blitz packages to make them throw a pick. And I love to throw in a quarter man-blitz package on 3rd or 4th down occasionally, just to keep them guessing. Sometimes I let my opponent beat me on a few plays on purpose, just to come back a few plays later and pick the ball out of the air with my safety.
The key to my defensive gameplan is patience, pressure, the element of surprise, pressure, patience, pressure and surprise, surprise, surprise!
Now I'm no expert, and I'm not certainly not the best player on the game, but I do my fair share of winning, and I know how to beat just about any offensive play without audibling more than one player. So take it for what it's worth to you, and hopefully you will be hearing more from me very soon!