The topic that I would like to discuss today is the University of Montana’s Hurricane Zone Blitz. We used the name “Hurricane” because we denoted our boundary corner with the letter “H.” The advantages of having a boundary corner (H) pressure are as follows.
First, let’s talk about the offensive line alignment. All zone plays that I know of are blocked by the zone or area principle. The line is blocking an area and not a specific man. That is about as simple as it gets. At the point of attack, two players are blocking a down lineman, with one coming off on a linebacker. This combo block in most cases with the inside zone happens with the one, two or three defensive technique.
At Texas State, our multiple front defense and entire calling system was based on the alignment of the defensive linemen. Whether we based out of a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme, it is called the same. This is something we did since the late ’70s, and it has been expanded over the years as defensive football has evolved.
Ball security is among the most important aspects of offensive football, regardless of what style of offense you run or what level of football you compete at. There is a strong correlation between turnover margin and wins in college football. That’s why ball security is a major emphasis at TCU.
Even with today’s fast and furious spread offense, if your defense cannot stop an opponent’s running game, your team is finished. This article outlines three tried-and-true run blitzes that all defensive coordinators need to keep in their arsenal. Complete with diagrams and player assignments, you’ll be able to add these run-blitzes immediately into your call sheet.
Time-tested Midline Option plays such as “tuck” are usually rendered ineffective against 4-man defensive fronts, especially those with a stout 3-technique. In this article, however, you’ll learn how to effectively and successfully use Midline Triple-Option against 4-3 Defenses – complete with coaching tips, key notes, player responsibilities and detailed diagrams.
No-huddle, shotgun spread-offenses that utilize match-up and tempo advantages are shredding defense and piling up points at a record rate at all levels of football. Defensive coordinators are working hard to plug the holes in the dam, but this isn’t just a problem fixed by countering the strategy with Xs and Os. This article explores how taking another look at several time-tested defensive tenets may hold key pieces to solving the spread offense puzzle.
Problem Route Combinations For Quarters Coverage (w/VIDEO) – Quarters is a popular and effective secondary coverage for defenses at all levels. It contains a built-in ability to morph into a man-type coverage with brackets on vertical routes, to a nine-man run-stopping wall. This article outlines and shows video examples of receiver route-combinations that cause problems for secondary defenders playing quarters coverage.
In today’s game, getting pressure on the opposing quarterback has never been more important. Calling the wrong blitz against the wrong formation, however, can lead to a disaster for a defensive coordinator. This article utilizes diagrams and video examples for building a blitz package designed to bring heavy pressure, as well as 5 key tips for better blitzing that you can immediately put to use with any defense.
Having rock-solid, concrete data that you can refer to in-game can be a can be a difference-maker for a defensive coordinator. This article outlines and shows examples of how one coach simplified his job as schematic leader of the defense by developing easy-to-understand call sheets that identified the key essentials necessary for his defense.
Defending The Spread In The War Eagle 4-2-5 – The War Eagle 4-2-5 is primarily a zone coverage defense, built to be strong against the myriad of spread offenses we see in our region. While we don’t run a lot of man coverage, the secondary is still full of athletes who can break down, flip hips, and turn and run with receivers. While the offense spreads the field to run the ball, the secondary has to have enough speed to shrink the field and give run support.
Why Sequenced Play-Calling Makes Your Up-Tempo Offense Even More Lethal – Play-calling can be one of the most important aspects of utilizing an up-tempo offense that likes to spread the field and keep the defense on it’s heels. This article utilizes diagrams and video to discuss the specifics of utilizing play calls to maximum efficiency and with a purpose — such as to tire and fatigue a specific defender or to exploit a particular mismatch at a position.