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In the eight years I have coordinated this system, my defenses have ranked nationally five years. This system will make average players good, and good players great! --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Rex Ryan is the son of NFL coaching legend, Buddy Ryan, and serves as the head coach for the New York Jets. Jeff Walker is a Texas high school football coach who has collaborated with other NFL and college coaches, including Bill Walsh and Brian Billick.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Art & Science of Coaching Series
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Coaches Choice (May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585182346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585182343
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have been waiting for a book like this ever since the inception of the 46 defense. There have been other books which discuss the subject but never one book devoted entirely to it. It is easy to read and useful for both casual onlookers of the game and serious readers. The terminology is clear and the author provides a detailed and insightful look at this defensive scheme. This is a definite buy for those who want to learn what a real NFL defense is supposed to look like!
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Being an agressive coach and one time player who played this defense in college, I can now grasp the total concept of the 46 defense. Although I already knew alot about the defense, this book allows someone to totally understand every part of the defense from coverage, to blitz's. The most important part of this book is chapter 9. This chapter is about the different coverages that one can use to confuse a quarterback, better yet an entire offense.I believe this is a good tool for learning especially on the highschool and college levels.
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This book goes into the development and history of defense and shows how the 46 has evolved. Rex included many coaching points that can be applied to other defenses also. This has to be the best coaching book I have read.
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Buddy's son Rex does a great job teaching every aspect of the 46 defense and shows it can be used as a base more than just a package. As is true for all football books, you will get confused at times with the diagrams but if you dive into the book and appreciate everything going on you will see the big, beautiful picture that is the 46 defense. My only gripe is that it ends somewhat abruptly and leaves playcalling up to the personal coach, not much help in that department. I am now thinking of getting the DVD to go along with the book as I one day hope to coach competitive high school and up football!
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This book is so close to being amazing. Unfortunately it suffers from poor editing and missing the forest for the trees. I've been a defensive coordinator for about 10 years (mostly age 13-14) and have a good grasp of different defensive fronts. It was like putting puzzle pieces together at times to figure out even the basics of the 46 alignment.

Two big positives to talk about though, which may make the book worth getting anyway: the defensive line section is outstanding and presents a simplified set of rules and teaching points that could be helpful for any defensive line coach using shaded / gap control alignment. Second, the section on pattern read cover 3 is very good and applicable to just about any defense.

Things start out poorly in the first chapter: the authors go into to the history of the 46 defense, showing multiple alignment diagrams ranging from "classic" 46 which has the S, W and strong safety aligned differently than their version, to the double eagle to various 4-3 looks. But they *never* stop to give even a basic overview of what their specific 46 defense alignment rules are! Granted, you can put the pieces together as you read the book, but this is a glaring omission right out of the gate.

There are also mistakes that should have been corrected in the second edition (Coaches Choice). For example, in the explanation of rules for single coverage, the authors say that they label the dual wideouts X & Y, then go on to describe the rules for determining X & Y in a variety of formations. Later in the rules portion the Sam is given the rule of covering the TE, who is labeled the Y receiver (which is normal and what I would expect). So the original paragraph was wrong and should have labeled wideouts X & Z.
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Didnt know too much about the 46 defense until I read this book. Cant believe the indepth detail on the coaching points of individual positions. Shows how to line up against different formations, how to defend option and other basic running plays along with multiple stunts. Its great to learn fron the best!
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I felt the book and the video was exactly what I was looking for. The BEAR front and especially the 3 technique made this book worth the $. The spy coverage and spy blitz were also very useful. In my experience I have found zone defense to be a waste of time at the youth level. So, the zone coverage and pattern reading section didnt do much for me. However, if you are looking for a solid defense that is tough against the run, this is it. For those of you who have ever ran the gap 8 mirror defense as I have, this is the next step in the progression. I would recommend the 46 defense, Lou Teppers linebacker book, LSU defensive line video and Boise State aggressive man coverage video to combine as a solid foundation. The 46 is very straight forward and makes sense to youth players. Not a lot of rules.
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If you want to know about the 4-6 defense this is the book for you. I has everything you need to start using the 4-6 defense at any level. Well written, full of diagrams, and easy to understand.

This book is a step by step guide on how to use the 4-6 Defense. It details every position. It covers why the 4-6 Defense works so well. This book has a great section on how to play and hide the coverages the defense is in. And it also covers how to stop the option. Any team that runs the option against this defense is crazy.

If you like to blitz this book is for you. However, stay away form the DVD/VHS you will not like it. Let us just say it is not up to the same level as the book.

I recommend this book for almost all levels of coaches. (not pop warner) Sorry!!!!
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