Football's Eagle and Stack Defenses
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2008
All football coaches and fans would enjoy reading Coach Vanderlinden's new book Football's Eagle & Stack Defenses. Whether as a head coach or assistant coach, Ron Vanderlinden has worked with some of the best football coaches in the profession.

In the book, Coach Vanderlinden really shares his knowledge of defensive football. I was impressed with his attention to detail as he describes every nuance concerning the fronts, coverages, blitzes and adjustments. While reading, I gained valuable insight into each position's fundamentals that Ron explains in detail so well. The knowledge he shares in Part Five of the book, covering the fundamentals of each position would help any defensive coach, regardless of what scheme they may run.

One of my favorite points Ron makes in the book that holds very true is that as a coach you should see the daily drills you do with your players show up on the game film. Perhaps the most insightful part of the book to me was Chapter 17, concerning how Coach Vanderlinden does the defensive game plan. I always find it interesting to see how each staff game plans a little differently.

This book is basic enough for a first year coach to understand and comprehensive enough for a veteran coach to gain new concepts from. He really covers the Eagle & Stack defensive schemes from A to Z.

Kevin Emberton
Portland State University
Outside Linebacker Coach
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2008
I've always leaned toward offensive drill and theory books, and I have dabbled with reading special teams books as well. This off-season I have dedicated to learning a little more about football from the "bad guys'" perspective and bought "Football's Eagle & Stack Defenses" by Ron Vanderlinden.

Well I must say, I'm close to wrapping the book up and it is one of the BEST FOOTBALL BOOKS PERIOD. It is EXTREMELY THOROUGH, and covers everything about the Eagle & stack fronts, Coverage adjustments, Stunts, and run fits vs. popular runs.

There are also sections describing in detail the characteristics required to play the positons, game planning, individual read/drills by position, fundamental techniques for all 11, and goal line modifications.

Many diagrams but no filler pages. Literally 229 pages of great information.

The biggest advantage this book has over many books I've read is that it delves into the theroy; the reason behind the calls, stunts, adjutments IN DETAIL. If you want to learn about a solid defensive system, this book is necessary.

I now consider this book a must read, and possibly held in "FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE BIBLE" status.

And I'm not even a Penn State fan...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2008
Without question the best defensive book on the market. This book contains the elusive answers that are so difficult to find. Ron teaches his philosophy and principles of successful defense and does it in an easy to understand format. This is a great resource, and should be included in every coach's library. My entire staff has a copy and it has been an instrumental tool in implementing a new defensive system at Helix High School. The secrets are in this book!!!!

Troy Starr
Head Football Coach
Helix High School
San Diego, CA
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2008
As a young coach and an avid reader I am always looking for new football books on the market. I picked up Coach Vanderlinden's book and couldn't put it down until I had absorbed everything in it. Coach Vanderlinden does an excellent job of teaching the intricate details and complexities of the Eagle & Stack Defenses in a simple language that any coach can understand. The detail included in this book is exceptional. It really is a must read for every coach from the high school level to the BCS. Offensive coaches would benefit from reading the book to gain a better understanding of the manner in which Eagle & Stack defenses choose to attack, and Defensive coaches will learn the not only the schematics, but the thought process behind using all of the calls in certain situations. Reading the book is like being able to sit in on a staff meeting at Penn State surrounded by coaches with 20+ years of experience at the highest level.

Brian Fleury
Defensive Coordinator
Sacred Heart University
Fairfield, CT
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2008
Coach Vanderlinden describes his Eagle and Stack concepts in great detail in a book that is both entertaining and informative. I found this to be an easy to read description of solid defensive concepts that could be applicable to almost all levels of football. The book gives thorough descriptions of each positions responsibilities including alignment and assigment. There are numerous helpful diagrams and illustrations that round out each chapter. Coach Vanderlinden does a decent job of explaining the process of how he pairs coverages with his fronts and pressures. It is possible that this book could be used as a stand alone playbook for a high school football team.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2008
This book is by far the best defensive oriented book that I have ever read. I am a JV defensive line coach, and even though we run a completely different scheme, we applied several of these concepts successfully to our team and it worked incredibly well.

This book is seriously something you grab and review from time to time as your Co-Defensive Coordinator. If you don't want to rely on the offense to dictate your strength of formation all the time and want something that has proven to be successful, I would highly, highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2008
This book is a great reference tool for any high school or college football coach. The explanation of scheme is clear and concise. The level of detail is awesome and will allow any reader to truly and completely understand the material. The coaching points are invaluable (I wore out 2 Hi-Liters and an ink pen marking up the text). Whether you are just starting out and trying to learn defensive football, or are an experienced defensive coach, you are going to want this book in your library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I purchased this book on the eagle and stack defenses and found it to be very informative. It reads easily and I will be using alot of the schemes in this book in my defensive package.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2008
This book is the best, most informative book for any football coach that I have ever read, and I have been studying the game for thirty years.
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on December 28, 2013
I gave the book 3 stars based on its detail and the authors overall knowledge. However, I felt the system too much to teach youth and HS level players. If you are able to recruit your own team then it is a good foundation, but for most of us that isn't the case. It just wasn't what I was looking for.
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