Breaking Down Your Offensive Opponent

The 4th book from Coach Alexander.

Get the latest book by Coach Alexander. If you’ve ever used any ideas from his series of breakdown articles, this book compiles everything into one place and beefs up the content. Includes diagrams, names, and a process that streamlines the opponent breakdown system for you and/or your staff.


The purpose of this book is to give defensive staffs a manual designed to streamline the weekend and opponent break down process. Today, there are services that will even break down things for you. I believe that the analytics should stay in house. The moment you outsource your break down you lose control of the process. By keeping everything in house, you can create an organic view of the offense you are trying to attack. This process also develops your staff into “experts” in their own “fields.” For a DC or HC, this can be invaluable. I want this book to be something a DC or HC can buy for their staff and give to each member as a way to get everyone on the same page, and speaking the same language.

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Go deeper than just X’s and O’s. Have a philosophy.

MQ’s other books are available on Amazon and Kindle:

Cautious Aggression: Defending Modern Football

Hybrids: The Making of a Modern Defense

Match Quarters: A Modern Guidebook to Split-Field Coverages

As always, support the site by following me on Twitter (@The_Coach_A) and spreading the word to your coaching friends by liking and retweeting the articles you read (even sharing them via Facebook and LinkedIn).

Do not hesitate to contact me with questions through the site’s CONTACT page or through my DM on Twitter. I enjoy speaking with you guys (iron sharpens iron).

– Coach A. | #ArtofX

CoachTube Course: Breaking Down an Opponent eClinic with Kenny Simpson & Cody Alexander

Coach Simpson shows how he breaks down an opponent each week from a Head Coach perspective. Learning how to act as a “funnel” and get information to the correct places and coaches. Simpson details how to use your staff, what is and is not important, and more.

Coach Alexander shows you how to wade through the convoluted mess that can be breaking down an opponent. First Coach A. takes you through his thought process then shows you how to use that information on Hudl. Finally, Coach A. demonstrates how to create a Hit Chart using your data.

The entire 2-hour eClinic is wrapped up by a question and answer from the audience.

The eClinic is broken into five parts:

  1. Introductions & Coach Simpson: Breakdowns From a HC Perspective
  2. Coach Alexander: Fundamentals of Breaking Down an Opponent
  3. Coach Alexander: Hudl How To
  4. Coach Alexander: Creating Hit Charts
  5. Final Q&A

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© 2020 MatchQuarters.com | Cody Alexander | All rights reserved.


Go deeper than just X’s and O’s. Have a philosophy.

MQ’s books are available on Amazon and Kindle:

Cautious Aggression: Defending Modern Football

Hybrids: The Making of a Modern Defense

Match Quarters: A Modern Guidebook to Split-Field Coverages

As always, support the site by following me on Twitter (@The_Coach_A) and spreading the word to your coaching friends by liking and retweeting the articles you read (even sharing them via Facebook and LinkedIn).

Do not hesitate to contact me with questions through the site’s CONTACT page or through my DM on Twitter. I enjoy speaking with you guys (iron sharpens iron).

– Coach A. | #ArtofX

MQ Quick Hits Ep. 11 – Naming Formations

MQ breaksdown how to name opponent formations.

What’s in a name? Everything if you want to keep your opponent breakdowns efficient and clean. In this edition of Quick Hits, MQ discusses easy ways to name formations. 10, 11, and 20 pers. formations are discussed covering everything from where WRs line up to how to name the backfields. It’s all in there.

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MQ Quick Hits Ep. 9 – Breaking Down an Opponent

MQ’s clinic on how to use Hudl to breakdown an opponent’s offense.

In this episode of MQ Quick Hits, MatchQuarters demonstrates how to break down an opponent by using specific data points. Within the clinic, each data point is detailed and explained. The video breaks down 5 plays and shows how a coach can break down an opponent efficiently while giving defensive coaches more than enough data to gain tendencies.

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Five Cut-ups to Improve Your Off-Season Self-Scout

Improve your off-season self-scout by creating special cut-ups.

01-gosOff-Season Film Study

Film study is one of the greatest ways to improve on schemes and calls made the year before. In order to correctly monitor the calls that were being made a defensive coordinator must look at certain scenarios where he struggled the year before. It is important to analyze the season with a critical eye and always ask, “How can we improve?” From player personnel decisions to eliminating calls altogether, using cut-ups from the year before allows the DC to evaluate when and where plays were called. Remember hindsight is 20/20. One way to increase improvement from year to year is to view cut-ups that highlight defensive deficiencies and struggles. There are multiple ways to create cut-ups, but it is important to have certain ones created that highlight the unique ways offenses attack a defense while allowing the DC to have hard data on what needs to be fixed within the scheme.  Continue reading “Five Cut-ups to Improve Your Off-Season Self-Scout”

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Find everything you need in one place.

Go deeper into defending the spread with MQ’s Books:

Cautious Aggression: Defending Modern Football

Hybrids: The Making of a Modern Defense

Match Quarters: A Modern Guide to Split-Field Coverage

Breaking Down Your Offensive Opponent

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CoachTube Courses

  1. Designing Pressures from a Two-High Shell (Half-Field Zone Concept)
  2. MatchQuarters Guide to the Belly-Key Technique for Linebackers
  3. Breaking Down an Opponent eClinic with Kenny Simpson & Cody Alexander
  4. Developing a Game Plan with Kenny Simpson & Cody Alexander
  5. Teaching Quarters: 2-Read (Cloud/Palms)

Essential Playlists (YouTube)

  1. MQ DB 101 – Quick clinics on different DB techniques
  2. MQ Quick Hits – Various clinics on major defensive schemes
  3. MQ Chess Match – Coach takes a look at different matchups in the NFL
  4. MQ Mini-Clinics – Various short clinics on a multitude of defensive schemes

Conversations with Coach A.

  1. Patrick Toney, DC, Louisiana (’20) [$]
  2. Warren Sharp, Sharp Football Analysis/NFL (’20)
  3. Matthew Powledge, STC/Safeties. Baylor (’20) [$]
  4. Doug Farrar, USA Today/Touchdown Wire (’20)
  5. Randall Joyner, DL, SMU (’20) [$]
  6. Andrew Thacker, DC Georgia Tech (’20) [$]
  7. Ted Nguyen, The Athletic (’20)
  8. Brian Vaughn, Blitzology (’20) [$]
  9. Seth Galina, PFF (’20) 
  10. Will Windham, Safeties Kent State (’20) [$]

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 System
    1. Defending the Air Raid with “Steal” Coverage
    2. Air Raid Killers – Washington’s Defense vs Wazzu [$]
  3. “Read” Coverage (20p Field Robber)
  4. Three Coverages Tags Every Quarters Team Needs
  5. MQ Film Study: OU vs Alabama (2018 – 1st Half)
  6. Solving the McVay Offense (Super Bowl LIII)
  7. Defending Offenses
    1. Defending the Morris/Clemson Offensive System
    2. Football is Back!!! (UCA vs Austin Peay & defending the Flexbone) [$]
    3. Aaron Rodgers & Pre-Snap Motion [$]
  8. 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
  9. Alex Grinch Defenses (Oklahoma)
    1. Sacking the Longhorns – OU vs Texas (2019)
    2. Manipulating the Cover Down (OU vs Baylor 2019)
  10. Clinic Notes:
    1. Don Brown (Univ. of Michigan) Lone Star Clinic Notes (2017)
    2. THSCA Football Lecture – Kirby Smart’s (HC, Georgia) Defensive Evolution (’18)
    3. Mike Elko (Texas A&M) Lone Star Clinic Notes (2019)
    4. Dave Aranda (Baylor HC) Lone Star Clinic Notes (2020)

Defending Motions or Topics on Motion

  1. Defending Jet Motion
  2. Defending A-Behind and Flare Motion
  3. Aaron Rodgers & Pre-Snap Motion [$]

Defending Spread Formations (10 Pers.)

  1. RPO Stop Calls
  2. Defending 10p 2×2 Pistol
  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. Empty
  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 (404)
    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
    5. App. State Defense (vs UNC ’19)
    6. Tite Front Essentials (What you need in your toolbox) [$]
  3. 3-Safety Packages
    1. Iowa State Cyclones’ 3-3-3
    2. Baylor Bears 2019 3-3-3 (Phil Snow)
    3. Auburn’s 3-1-7 vs LSU (2019)
    4. The Katy HS (TX) Hybrid 3-4
    5. MQ’s Simple 3-Down Dime Package
  4. 3rd Down
    1. Attacking 3rd Down With Multiple Fronts
    2. 3rd Down Study: Wisconsin vs Oregon (Rose Bowl ’20) [$]
    3. 3rd Down Calls From a 3-4

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. MQ Pressure Tape Series:
    1. North Carolina Defense (Bateman) vs Clemson Offense (2019)
    2. Clemson Defense vs Ohio State Offense (’19 Fiesta Bowl)
    3. Virginia Defense vs Notre Dame Offense (2019)
    4. Pitt Defense vs UCF Offense (2019) [$]
    5. Georgia Defense vs Texas A&M Offense (2019)
    6. Texas Defense vs LSU Offense (2019)
    7. Ravens Defense vs Browns Offense (W1 2020) [$]
  2. Blitz of the Month
    1. July ’20 – Tampa Bay’s Trap 2 5MPRS [$]
    2. Aug. ’20 – Boise State’s Fly Mug SMPRS [$]
    3. Sept. ’20 – Cincinnati’s Dime Bluff Mex 2 SMPRS [$]
  3. 5 Tips for Developing a Blitz
  4. How to Packaging Blitz Calls
  5. Building a Better Zone Blitz
  6. Blitzing the Formation (BTF)
  7. Simulated Pressures from a “Positionless” Defense (Texas – Sugar Bowl ’19)
  8. Run Down Stop Calls
  9. Dog Check (Single-Dog Pressure)
  10. 5 Tips For Blitzing From The Secondary

Quarters Pedagogy and Drill Tapes

  1. Get the self-titled book Match Quarters
  2. MQ’s DB Resource Page
  3. LB Philosophy and Fundamentals

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

  1. MQ’s Full-Length Opponent Breakdown Manual
  2. Building a Hit Chart
  3. Four Day Install Plan for a 4-2-5
  4. Weekly Schedule (Practice Plan)
  5. 5 Cut-ups to Improve Your Self-Scout
  6. Throw Out the Stats – “What really is a “good” defense?

Special Projects

  1. Desert Heat Pt. 1 – The Air Raid Invades the NFL (Kingsbury) – The Roster (’19)
  2. Desert Heat Pt. 2 – The Air Raid Invades the NFL (Kingsbury) – The Scheme (’19)

 

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As always, support the site by following me on Twitter (@The_Coach_A) and spreading the word to your coaching friends by liking and retweeting the articles you read (even sharing them via Facebook and LinkedIn).

Do not hesitate to email me with questions through the site’s CONTACT page or through my DM on Twitter. I enjoy speaking with you guys (iron sharpens iron).

Make sure to bookmark this page which is updated after each article.

– Coach A.

How To Build A Hit Chart

Take your formation breakdowns to the next level with a Hit Chart.

Once an opponent breakdown is complete the first thing a defensive staff should do is create a Hit Chart to analyze the different formations used by the offense. This is where a defensive staff can really see the fruits of their breakdown labor. Even with the advent of HUDL and other playmaking technologies, it is important to have a basic drawing of the formations a team is going to run. Especially one that a staff can manipulate, duplicate and is aesthetically pleasing.

With a Hit Chart, a defensive staff can identify quickly how they want to align to a given formation, what blitz/pressures will work against the said formation, and identify tendencies within the offensive scheme. The Hit Chart is a visual representation of an offense and can be used in multiple ways. For example, if utilizing PowerPoint, the defensive staff can create a separate slide for each formation, print them, and place them on a wall. This allows the staff to continuously look at the Hit Chart as they discuss film and meet about the game plan. This kind of quick reference guide allows the staff to efficiently answer questions regarding formations.

Hit Charts serves a broad purpose within the overall breakdown of an opponent but can give the defense an edge in playcalling if done the right way. It is important to stay efficient when creating a Hit Chart. The initial breakdown of formations is key to the quality of the chart. The more accurate the information, the better. If there are too many formation variances or mistakes, the chart loses its value.

In order to be efficient, a defensive staff should drop the use “right” and “left” formations and combine the data to give a more complete picture. A traditional 10p Doubles formation is a Doubles formation. The back being on the right or on the left in a Doubles formation really doesn’t matter. The only variance a staff could use is formation into the boundary (FIB) or when the RB aligns into the boundary in a Doubles set.

The play calling for many offenses changes when the formation is put into the boundary. This reason is why, in a Hit Chart, a defensive staff should track how many times a formation is into the boundary (Doubles, Ace, and 1×1 Diamond are the only exceptions because they are even sets). In an even set the DC can make a decision whether to keep a tally at the top of the Hit Chart (FTB/FIB) or make it a separate card. At the end of the day, the formation is still Doubles and there is no need to have separate labels as demonstrated below.

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