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This installment of our Self Scout Your Career focuses on the many complex decisions that are made throughout the season by Defensive Coordinators.



By The X&O Labs Staff

 

This installment of our Self Scout Your Career focuses on the many complex decisions that are made throughout the season by Defensive Coordinators.

As we mentioned before, survey is still ongoing (if you or your staff hasn't taken it yet, check it out here), we wanted to share some of the insight that the surveys have unearthed. We also recognize that while many of you have already taken one survey from selfscoutyourcareer.com, you likely have not seen the results of the other 10 surveys. In addition to the Defensive Coordinator Coach Research Report you are currently reading, we will also be releasing our Special Teams Coordinator Research Report this week.

Here are a few of the highlights you will find in the graphs and questions contained in the Defensive Coordinator Survey results below:

  • 51% of DC's surveys also serve as their teams linebacker coach.  2nd highest was DB coach with 30%.
  • The 4-3 defense was the most common base defensive front use by the coaches polled (37%).
  • 58% of the DC's stated that they want their individual periods to last at least 11 minutes.
  • Two thirds (66%) of DC's carry either 2 or 3 fronts into each game.
  • 56% of defensive coordinators tell us they usually go into each game with between 4 and 6 different blitzes.

Check out each of those questions and their responses below and see how the information compares to your team. As always, we would love to hear your thoughts on the data presented in this report. Please feel free to share your opinions and thoughts in the comments section below.

**Note: The data shown below is the current information from our ongoing study. It will likely change over time and as that happens, we will be sure to keep you apprised of the trends as they become apparent. Again, if you or your staff has not already participated, or if you want to just take a different survey (you can use the same email address without a problem) please CLICK HERE.

 

1. Aside from being a coordinator, what are your other responsibilities on defense?

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2. Into which of the following structures would your defense be classified? 

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3. In your opinion, what is the ideal length of time for an individual period to accomplish what your coaches need to get done? 

 

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4. Ideally, how many different fronts will you carry into a game each week? 

 

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5. Ideally, how many separate blitzes/pressures run concepts will you carry into a game each week? 

 

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In addition to the questions above, Defensive Coordinator coaches that completed the survey also provided interesting insight into the following questions:

  • How long have you been a defensive coordinator? 
  • How often does your defense huddle? 
  • How many individual periods will you schedule during the course of a game week? 
  • How many group periods will you schedule during the course of a game week? 
  • In your opinion, what is the ideal length of time for a group period to accomplish what your coaches need to get done? 
  • How many team periods will you schedule during the course of a game week? 
  • In your opinion, what is the ideal length of time for a team period to accomplish what your coaches need to get done? 
  • Ideally, how many different coverages will you carry into a game each week? 
  • Which types of pressure have you had the most success with in your system? 
  • Which of the following tendencies are most similar to your thoughts on sending pressure? 
  • Do you have a check system for your pressures? 
  • Which of the following is the most important factor/indicator in checking your pressure? 
  • Individual game plan withstanding, which has been the most beneficial way in which you've handled 3x1 sets? 
  • Individual game plan withstanding, which has been the most beneficial way in which you've handled 3x2 (empty) sets? 
  • Individual game plan withstanding, which of the following is your most common adjustment to playing tackle over or unbalanced offensive formations? 

For access to this information, you can either click here to take the Defensive Coordinator coaches survey and receive your own, instant results or you can log in to the Insiders.

 

 

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