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Defending the Spread

Run Fits

  1. Zero the Mike (Belly-Key)
  2. Using Natural Gap Exchanges in Your Front Seven
  3.  Line Twists to Combat Heavy Zone Teams
  4. Defending the Zone Read
  5. Defending the Power Read
  6. Defending Split Zone
  7. 5 Tips for Defending Spread Option Teams
  8. Defending BAsh (“Back Away”) Concepts
  9. Defending 20p Two-Back Power

Clinic Notes/Defensive Structure/Special Coverages

  1. Saban’s Rip/Liz (Match Cov. 3) & How it Applies to Quarters
  2. Defending the Air Raid with “Steal” Coverage
  3. “Read” Coverage (20p Field Robber)
  4. Red Zone and Goal Line Coverages (Quarters)
  5. Don Brown (Univ. of Michigan) Lone Star Clinic Notes (2017)
  6. THSCA Football Lecture – Kirby Smart’s Defensive Evolution (2018)
  7. Defending the Morris/Clemson Offensive System
  8. Three Coverages Tags Every Quarters Team Needs
  9. MQ Film Study: OU vs Alabama (2018 – 1st Half)
  10. Mike Elko (Texas A&M) Lone Star Clinic Notes (2019)
  11. Michigan State’s 4-3 Quarters Defense:
    1. Master Class Pt. 1 – Michigan State’s ’18 4-3 Quarters Defense
    2. Master Class Pt. 2 Michigan State’s ’18-19 Coverages & Blitz Package
  12. Solving the McVay Offense (Super Bowl LIII)

Quick or “Pop” Motions

  1. Defending Jet Motion
  2. Defending A-Behind and Flare Motion

Defending Spread Formations (10 Pers.)

  1. Defending 10p 2×2 Pistol
  2. Defending Stack and Bunch Sets
  3. Defending Trips/Empty:
    1. Why You Should Run an Under Front to 3×1 Sets
    2. Defending Trips — Fitting the Run
    3. Top Trips Coverages Explained
    4. Specific Split-Field Trips Coverages:
    5. Defending Empty and Quads
  4. Defending 11 Personnel (Pro Spread)
  5. Spread Unbalanced Formations
    1. Defending the Spread’s Top Unbalanced Sets
    2. Defending Two-Back Unbalanced Trips (Michigan St. – 2018)

3-4/3-Down Dime Resources

  1. Okie Front (5/Shade/4i)
    1. The Okie Front
    2. Defending Modern Spread from Okie
    3. Baylor vs Boise (2016) – How a hybrid 3-4 defends a multiple Pro Spread offense
    4. Defending 11p from a 3-4
  2. The Tite Front/Mint Package (4i/0/4i)
    1. The Tite Front (303/404)
    2. How Offenses Attack the Tite Front (2017/2018 Texas Longhorns)
    3. The Modern Bear Front (Georgia vs Notre Dame – 2017)
    4. Georgia’s Mint Front
  3. Iowa State’s 3-Safety Package
    1. Running a 3-Down/3-Safety Dime as Your Base (2017)
    2. Running a 3-Down/3-Safety Dime as Your Base – The Front (2018)
  4. The Katy HS (TX) Hybrid 3-4
  5. MQ’s Simple 3-Down Dime Package
  6. 3rd Down Calls From a 3-4

Defending RPOs ::

  1. RPO Stop Calls
  2. Using Split-Field Coverage to Counteract RPO & Check-With-Me Offenses

Defending Formations/Personnel Groups

  1. Defending single-width or “nub” formations
  2. 12 Personnel (Ace/Ace Trey)
  3. Y-off or 20 pers. (H-back/Sniffer):
    1. 20 Personnel — Over vs Under (Setting the Strength)
    2. How Don Brown (DC – Michigan) Defends 11/20p 2-Back
    3. Keying the H-back/Sniffer (vs Y-off Formations)
  4. 21 Personnel (Defending Power Football From a Hybrid Defense)
  5. 30 Personnel
  6. Defending the Wing-T

Stop Calls/Pressures/Blitzes

  1. 5 Tips for Developing a Blitz
  2. How to Packaging Blitz Calls
  3. Building a Better Zone Blitz
  4. Blitzing the Formation (BTF)
  5. Simulated Pressures from a “Positionless” Defense (Texas – Sugar Bowl ’19)
  6. Run Down Stop Calls
  7. Dog Check (Single-Dog Pressure)
  8. Attacking Empty/Quads
  9. 5 Tips For Blitzing From The Secondary

Quarters Pedagogy and Drill Tapes

  1. MQ’s DB Resource Page
  2. Teaching the Safeties
  3. Teaching the Corners
  4. Daily Musts for DBs
  5. Match Quarters Pass Distributions
  6. LB Philosophy and Fundamentals

Analytics/Install/Opponent Breakdowns/Practice/Self-Scout

  1. Opponent Breakdowns
    1. Down & Distance Data
    2. Breaking Down an Opponent
    3. Building a Hit Chart
  2. Four Day Install Plan for a 4-2-5
  3. Weekly Schedule (Practice Plan)
  4. 5 Cut-ups to Improve Your Self-Scout
  5. Throw Out the Stats – “What really is a “good” defense?



  1. Desert Heat Pt. 1 – The Air Raid Invades the NFL (Kingsbury) – The Roster
  2. Desert Heat Pt. 2 – The Air Raid Invades the NFL (Kingsbury) – The Scheme


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17 thoughts on “MQ Link Book | #ArtofX”

  1. Coach A, keep up the good work. Lots of your resources helped me out this year. I was wondering, do you have a link that defines the terms you use (cut, push, late push, etc.)

    Thanks again Coach.

  2. This page is absolutely fantastic! Great information here, some info confirms what I know and more importantly reading up on new ways to defend different offenses. Great website.

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