Coaching Team Defense, by Fritz Shurmur, is widely regarded as one of the best defensive football manuals ever written. The book reinforces the belief that Fritz Shurmur was a mastermind in building great defensive teams. A proponent of coaching with simplicity, this revised edition delves into team defense basics and the guiding principles of team defense. Coach Shurmur's ability to think beyond the traditional envelope has inspired and guided football coaches for decades.
This revised edition of this classic book offers several new features, including a DVD in which Coach Shurmur shares his insights and observations on the key factors involved in coaching sound team defense.
Chapter 1: Personnel: Physical Qualifications
Chapter 2: Personnel: Mental Qualifications
Chapter 3: Defending the Run
Chapter 4: Defending the Pass
Chapter 5: Pass Coverage
Chapter 6: Zone Pass Coverage
Chapter 7: Man Pass Coverage
Chapter 8: Nickel Defenses
Chapter 9: Practice Organization
Chapter 10: Scouting the Opponent
Appendices: Scouting Forms
What coaches are saying:
Coaching Team Defense is widely regarded as one of the best books ever written on defensive football. The book reinforces the belief that Fritz Shurmur was indeed a Renaissance man in the field of coaching—intellectually wise, innovatively creative, and ingeniously astute. His ability to think beyond the traditional envelope has inspired and guided football coaches for decades.
- Rex Norris
NFL Coach, 1985-2002
Defensive Line Coach, Chicago Bears, 1999-2002
At the time of its initial publication, Fritz Shurmur’s book was a one-of-a-kind, must-have resource for football coaches on both sides of the ball at all levels of competition. This revised edition of this classic book offers several new features, including online access to a video in which Coach Shurmur shares his insights and observations on the key factors involved in sound team defense.
- Tom Olivadotti
NFL Coach, 1985-2005
Defensive Coordinator, Miami Dolphins, 1987-1995
Fritz’s prescription for developing a shutdown team defense had a profound impact on the game. His theories, thoughts, and philosophy, which he shares in this landmark text, were spot-on.
- Larry Kennan
NFL Coach, 1982-1997
Executive Director, NFL Coaches Association, 1998-2011