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Creating Simple Tempo Calls to Keep the Defense off Guard

By Youth Football Online, 11/16/18, 12:00PM CST


Changing tempo is a huge way to stress the defense. Once a defense gets set in your rhythm, they can adapt to it. 

Many people think that tempo stresses a defense. They will blindly say that the faster we go on offense, the more stress it puts on a defense.

While there is a small grain of truth to this, and that a faster offense will make the defense go more plain and vanilla, I always revert back to a conversation I had with the best defensive coach I have ever met.

He told me that when an offense goes with high tempo it does force him to be more basic, but it also allows him to get in a rhythm and allows the players to get a feel for the game.