[Podcast] Deep Dive on Defense w/ Chris Vasseur - Simulated Pressures and Creepers w/ Patrick Toney

By Keith Grabowski | Posted 5/9/2019

On today’s “Deep Dive on Defense” series, Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns safeties coach Patrick Toney joins guest host Chris Vasseur to discuss simulated pressures. Toney covers everything from how they present difficulties for an offense to the specifics of beating certain types of protections. Toney also shares how they teach various techniques and how the sims and creepers can be used in various run game stoppers.

00:00 - Intro

01:18 - Coaching background

03:07 - Working with Ron Roberts

04:30 - Simulated pressures/creepers

07:01 - What makes simulated pressures difficult for an offense?

10:59 - Bluffing

15:43 - When to use simulated pressures and creepers

18:48 - Running in college

20:34 - When to avoid simulated pressures and creepers

22:32 -The Advanced Tackling System

23:06 - Percentage of sims and creepers to the rest of the defense

26:09 - Playing the run

30:30 - Pressuring with safeties

36:07 - Gap scheme/power counter

39:17 - Stopping 10 or 11 personnel RPOs

44:20 - Beating pass protection 

52:49 - Beating big-on-big protections

57:48 - Beating wide-T protections 

1:00:49 - Pressuring against boot

1:02:15 - How you install pressures

1:05:30 - Teaching defensive ends to drop

1:08:34 - One play to finish a game. What do you call?

1:10:24 - Outro





Related Content:

Mike Pettine’s Double Mug Pressures

Cody Alexander on Simulated Pressures

Double Mug Pressures to Create a Strategic Advantage

Army’s Pressure with Less Defenders

Deep Dive on Defense Series:

Rip/Liz Coverage with Kyle Cogan

Schematic Transition to using 3 Safeties with Adam Gaylor

Pressures and Blitzes with Brian Vaughn of Blitzology

3-High Safety Defense with Ty Gower


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