Riverboat Defense 3-Pack

Riverboat Defense 3-Pack
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Product Description

  • Position your defense at the point of attack, eliminate double teams, and provide clear run/pass responsibilities to all defensive personnel
  • Learn the defensive line stunts and blitzes that are utilized in Coach Pratley's defense
  • See unique variations of zone coverages that can confuse the opposing offense

with Anthony Pratley,
former Concordia University (Ann Arbor) Offensive Coordinator;
innovator of the Pistol Spread Option Offense

The Riverboat Defense is built to defend and stop the spread offense. With this video, you will learn a defense to stop the spread from Anthony Pratley, an innovator of the spread. This defense doesn't have a true label because it can morph into so many defensive looks, such as 3-3 stack, 5-3, 5-2, 4-3, and 4-4.

The Riverboat is a multiple formation system with positioning based on offensive alignment. It's designed to take away 80-90% of the best offensive plays for each offensive alignment by positioning players in the box to eliminate double teams and your opponent's running game. With a defensive backfield that's good with press-man coverage, and a free safety with the only responsibility "to find the football," this defense can dominate your opponents.

Coach Pratley walks you through the Riverboat Defense using an animated PowerPoint. He provides a color-coded schematic with explanation of each players' responsibility for the six categories of offensive alignments (2x2, 3x1, two backs, three backs, empty and quads). Learn simple and quick adjustments to balanced and offset formations that create multiple defensive looks. For example, you will see how Pratley positions the defensive lineman and middle linebacker so that they're responsible for stopping the run or creating a pass rush 100% of the time.

Pratley demonstrates formations and explains where personnel substitutions may be beneficial for providing better press-man coverage, coverage of the slot receiver, and having linebackers and safeties play on the line of scrimmage. An innovative coach can also build on this system by adding stunts, pressures and blitzes based on scouting reports of their opponents.

Eliminate your need to make adjustments to your defensive scheme based on your opponent's offensive system. This is a simple system that is easy to install and adjust to the strengths of defensive players on your team. Gamble this season and take the risk with the reward of the Riverboat Defense!

67 minutes. 2017.

with Anthony Pratley,
former Concordia University (Ann Arbor) Offensive Coordinator;
innovator of the Pistol Spread Option Offense

One word best describes the Riverboat Defense: "Attack."

Anthony Pratley shows you how the Riverboat Defense can bring pressure in a different location each week depending on the strength and weakness of the offense you're playing against. Using simple words that identify who's involved in each pressure, the Riverboat can dial up an unlimited number of blitz schemes.

Using an in-depth PowerPoint presentation, Coach Pratley walks you though his devastating attack defense. The Riverboat scheme outnumbers the offense at the point of attack because of the simple adjustment rules for each position. Pratley covers his line stunts, four-man pressures, and his blitz scheme. This is a defense that will help level the playing field for undersized team.

In this video, Pratley shares how to attack offenses in a multitude of ways while keeping it simple for your players. He covers:

  • A defensive scheme that can bring pressure from the field, boundary, the strong side or the weak side of the offensive formation
  • How to simplify multiple pressures using one word
  • Corner crashes that take away the perimeter game of an offense
  • Inside pressure that will destroy a blocking scheme


Pratley diagrams the various stunts that he utilizes with his system. These stunts are used as passing down calls that involve twisting of two defensive lineman, and involve a penetrating rusher and a looping rusher. Pratley diagrams how the play call determines which lineman is the penetrator and which lineman is the looper. He calls these stunts with the same directional t

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