Choosing a shoulder by Mish Phillips
Good body positioning is the key to downfield defence. Here we discuss limiting the cutter's options.
Many defenders position facing their player square on. This allows the offender to attack either ‘shoulder’ of the defender – ie. to take the inside line or the outside line. Because the defender doesn’t know which line the offender will take until very late, they cannot make a turn early enough. They have lost this matchup.
We must flip the way we think about defence. We no longer ‘react’ to our player. We are in control, and we choose where the offender can go.
Fig. 3 shows how we should be guarding a downfield cutter; starting by showing one path that we want them to take. As the cutter moves, see how the defender turns their body, aiming to keep their hips facing the cutter.
Also in Defence:
- Defensive Concepts
- Effective Marking
- Stopping the up line cut
- Choosing a shoulder
- Defending Cutters
- Defending Deep Throws
- Wall or Arrowhead
- Hybrid zones
- Defensive Strategy
- Establishing Defensive Priorities
- Person Defence – Marking Strategies
- Different Strategies and Techniques for Guarding the Dump
- Lull the opponent into a false sense of security
- Situational Defence
- Defending Vertical Stack
- Defending Horizontal stack
- Defending pull plays
- Defending the Endzone
- Sideline Trap
- Defending Sideline Huckers
- Pulling Strategy