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DEL Time: 03:31
Request For: Pro and College Football
Request Title: 1-Gap and 2-Gap Defenses
1-Gap: Higher value to defenderís speed than weight. Increases the chance of TFL and longer gains (6+ or so. Whatever works for balancing.) LBs in charge of gap more likely to face blocker.
2-Gap: Higher value to defenderís weight and intelligence. Reduces chance of TFL and frees LBs up for unblocked tackle attempts.
Administratively, the options could either be as basic as 1-gap/2-gap (where the six gaps need to be accounted for) or designating specific positions for each gap.
(Example: DT takes playside B gap, MLB takes A gap).

Submitted Jan 3 12:07:46 2019 by Michael Scarn
Coaches In Favor of Change: Michael Scarn, Christopher Hero, Jeff Blevins, Xane Cox, Keefe Cullen, Ron BK
Coaches Opposed to Change: Robert Redmond

Michael Scarn: Youíre right Robert, in the traditional sense of base defense (Go Hawkeyes!) There are so many hybrid defenses, like 4-3s with a NT that plays 2-gap while the other three play 1-gap, or 43s with a NT and SDE that both take two gaps to the strong side while the other two shoot their gaps. Even 34s will slant one way or the other, usually to coincide with blitzes. DEL football does a great job of simulating straight up defense. Iím looking for ways to expand from 2-man/2-zone.
Robert Redmond: Aren't 1 Gap defenses associated with 4-3 and 2 Gap with 3-4? If we were looking to add bonuses and takeaways perhaps it's better added to the formation used rather than an extra option. If it was decided to added maybe a 4-3 defense could give a + to defender's speed and a - to weight while a 3-4 defense could gain + to weight and a - to speed?

Category: New Feature
Status: In Review (last updated Mar 13 17:08:09 2020 )
Priority: Under Discussion
Admin Notes
As noted, the combinations can be endless. We had such a system in the past, and it was really painful to get every defensive option set up (probably the reason defensive coordinator is a full-time job).
Do folks have suggestions on ways this can be simplified to just 1-2 knobs, so as to not add too much complexity?
3/13 - still waiting for additional suggestions / comments

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