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Floppy Defense- A System to Disguise Your Zone & Man Half-Court Defense
Switch defenses mid-possession to confuse your opponents and control the pace of the game!
- Learn how to switch defenses in the middle of a possession to force difficult shots and turnovers
- Defend common actions used against both the 2-3 and 3-2 zones, including baseline runners and high post flashers
- Run breakdown drills to develop habits for all segments of the Floppy defense
with Robert Jones, Norfolk State University Head Coach; 2014 Finalist for the College Insiders Joe B. Hall Award (most outstanding first year D1 coach) ; nominated for the Ben Jobe Award (top minority coach in US) in 2015, 2016, 2017
Zone defenses are becoming increasingly popular among college and high school basketball coaches because they make it difficult for opponents on offense. In this video, Robert Jones demonstrates how to create confusion and chaos by switching your defense in the middle of a possession.
Coach Jones explains and demonstrates his "Floppy Defense" during his chalk talk segment and later uses on-court demonstrations to illustrate how to execute the defense.
Learn the three defenses used in the Floppy defense: a 2-3 zone, a 3-2 match up, and man-to-man defense. Jones shares his defensive principles and how and when to switch the defense when the offense is running their play to create confusion and slow offenses down.
Jones starts his defense in a traditional 2-3 zone, and switches into man-to-man (Floppy 5), 3-2 zone (Floppy 3), and 2 flat, which maintains the 2-3 zone. On the first pass to your 3-man's side, you designate into what to adjust into. By switching with the ball on your 3-man's side of the floor, your post players pick up opposing post players and you don't end up with mismatches on the wing.
Next, Jones covers how to defend common actions against the 3-2 zone such as defending the baseline runner, and the X-action that many teams utilize. He also details how he wants to defend the 2-1-2 set with his "baseline shift." Defending ball screens is a must for any defense, and Jones demonstrates the Norfolk State method of defending side ball screens and middle ball screens.
Jones uses on-court demonstration to show you man-to-man breakdown drills that emphasize denying passes, helping on the ball, post defense, and bumping cutters. Drills begin with 1-on-1 and incorporate other defenders to build your team defense. Solid closeouts and constant communication are emphasized in every breakdown drill.
Jones provides his 3-2 zone breakdowns, including "top 3 breakdown" and "3-on-3 shoot the gap drill." You'll also see various 2-3 zone breakdown drills. In his "top two" breakdown, one player gets number to number pressuring the ball, while the other top guard defends the high post. Coach Jones demonstrates his "bottom three breakdown" and his 4-player breakdown to super-charge your 2-3 zone.
Full Court Pressure
Using a full court press before the Floppy defense will force opponents to play fast and lead to turnovers and easy transition baskets. In the full court portion, Jones demonstrates how to go from a 1-2-2 zone press into his Floppy-5 defense and he also shows how you can go from a 1-2-2 press to a 2-3 zone.
The Floppy defensive concept is sure to confuse your opponents and give your team a way to level the playing field when they take on more talented teams!