The 46 defense was invented and popularized by Buddy Ryan. This highly effective 46 Gambler package was developed by Coach Steve Calande. It's an attacking 50 front with pure man and man free coverage. Coach Calande has helped countless coaches at all levels turn around their teams' fortunes with his philosophy of "stuff the runner and smash the passer". There are close to 40 stunts and blitzes available to a Gambler coach. It's simply fun and aggressive. This is a homemade, low budget, no frills coaching video that include highlights, defensive alignment rules, drills to develop player skill, and more. This 2 DVD set isn't fancy (**please read note below), but it's a great investment for all coaches interested in running the 46 Defense.
**PLEASE BE ADVISED- This DVD set is copy of a VHS tape. As a result, you will find the DVD video is somewhat grainy. Disc 2 of this set covers stunts and contains clinic footage. Disc 2 video quality is poor and the audio is flawed. We've chosen to include Disc 2 however, b/c it still offers lots of useful information.
"Just wanted to say, we are 6-0 using the 46G. We have given up only 24 points this season. This past weekend we played the highest scoring team in our league (122 pts. in 5 games) and we shut them out 14-0. They had only three first downs and threatened only once late in the first half by getting to the 30 yard line. By the way, they also had the PREVIOUS best defense.Thanks,Mike Sophomore Deer Park Tigers Deer Park, Texas"
Calande's 46 Gambler Defense Highlights
"Steve, you will appreciate this. Played a team that came at us Gambler style on Saturday. Did not realize it right away as they jumped us with it after our first possession ended with a turnover inside their 10 yard line. First possession: double winged it down their throats and fumbled on second and goal. Then we got "Gambled." We bent them, but did not ever break it. Cudos to you again. DRATS ! They had awesome DE's (big and fast) and they played your system perfect. Our tackles could not reach them all day long and always had outside arm free if we did get there. Our best plays were our "Raptor Screen" - quick screen to a twins formation where we rub off the defender. Hit that several times for 10+.....the other two were a bubble pass from spread and a QB draw from full spread where lone back goes in motion and Mike follows him wide, looks like pass and QB takes two steps and hits the hole. Only player left to make tackle is Fred as others have to cover. That went for about 15 yards. All this happened, of course, after we found it impossible to run the ball thanks to you!!! LOL !!! I was looking for another page on my play sheet as I exhausted all the DW runs !! Plus, you would think after reading all the Gambler posts I would know it when I see it right away. But attacking that thing is a different story. Once running game was defeated we went no huddle and spread it out. Moved between the 10's but never found the end zone. Game ended with first and goal on the their 10 and trailing 20-0..."-Bucscoach
(This powerpoint is not meant to replace the 46 Gambler "Hit Squad" Defense Manual described below. It is intended to be only an introduction to the 46 Gambler Defense.)
The "Hit Squad" Defense
I am proud to announce the completion of my 46 Gambler defense coaching manual entitled "The Hit Squad Defense". For the better part of 6 years now I have researched the 46 Defense and fine tuned my 46 Gambler defense into one of the most dominating defensive packages in the country. Its highly sought after and often imitated, never duplicated! This manual is nicely bound with a plastic cover, vinyl backing and packing the punch of 74 pages explaining every detail of the dominating defensive package. This defense is appropriate for High school kids down to the age of 7. The alignment is sound at any level and the stunts will destroy most youth offenses "dead cold". You can use all of the stunts, drills and fronts in the package or water them down to suit your style. The base 46 is a tough nut to crack and this manual, along with my dvd set will make you a 46 Gambler defense master in no time. I have spent hundreds, maybe thousands of hours putting the Gambler into its lastest form. Im pleased and proud to be able to package it and share it with the many interested coaches around the world!
---> "The 46 Gamblers Hit Squad Defense" manual covers the following <---
What is the 46 defense?
Why play the Gambler defense?(advantages)
What is the history behind the 46 Gambler defense?
What makes the 46 Gambler defense unique?
Coaching the 46 Gambler defense
stances, techniques, skills and MANY drills for training your 46 defenders
7 tech play
free backer play
defending the option
stuffing the sweep
typical plays and how the Gambler reacts
Multiple fronts and stunts and explanation of what the stunts are designed to do.
46 Gambler defense tackling drills
***NEW EXPANDED VERSION UPDATED 8/15/05, INCLUDES POWER POINT ON BACKSIDE OF PAGES. NICE DRILLS, STUNTS AND SO MUCH MORE. "ITS GOLD!" - DON
*It is not required but recommended that the manual be used in conjunction with the 2 disc dvd set so you may get greater understanding of philosophy, alignment, stunts, drills and most of all, get to see the highlights of our 2004 record setting season.
To order, click "how to order" and use pay pal or send check or money order! When in doubt blitz em!
"Steve, The defense rocked at the jamboree. Out of 30 plays...76 total yards, 3 sacks and 5 plays for losses! My de's are the keys. Mike & Will are good athletes and tacklers, but my ends are the "enforcers" (thats their nickname). My Fred is a "football smart" kid with good closing speed..he is my captain. You should have seen these 8-10yr olds communicating on the field, anyone who thinks that the Gambler is too complicated to teach under 10's is wrong. I talk & walk it every day for 15 mins.- Paul"