Coach’s Breakdown: A Preview of France v. Austria


Let´s be honest, France has more talent than Austria. But the home field advantage and coaching could make the difference for Austria. France has so many playmakers on offense. They can pass and run effectively. But look for the Austrian coaches to come up with a great game plan to limit them. The key will be to put pressure on the French QB and limit the big plays of the speedy French players with great tackling in space. France play a safe defense, they play zone most of the time with 2 safeties high, keep the play in front of them and don’t blitz too much. So Austria will have to run the ball to win the game, keep the French offense off the field and take some shots deep with play actions. This should be an exciting game to watch and it might end up in a high scoring game.

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Vincent Lelard is a Frenchman and former Head Coach of La Courneuve Flash (France) and Offensive Coordinator of the Vienna Vikings (Austria). He has been involved in American Football in Europe for almost 25 years. Today he lives in Vienna and