Ryan McCartney, Associate Head Coach & Defensive Coordinator, Seymour (IN) High School, shares one of his favorite pressures: send the Outside Linebacker (OLB) and Inside Linebacker (ILB) from the same side while utilizing a slanting defensive front.
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.
This article details a stunt that has been an effective defensive weapon and involves the entire front six in a 3-3-5 formation. Called “Wave Man-Free” (diagrammed and featuring player responsibilities), this highly productive stunt works exceptionally well when an offense is in passing situations where the running back stays in to try and help block, as well as when the passes are thrown to the outside.
Pass rush is not limited to just a 4-man rush. In a broader sense, a true pass-rush plan requires the consideration of all 11 defenders. There are several different ways to rush a quarterback and many can be successful. In Part 1 of the multi-part defensive series, “Heavy Pressure,” we’ll examine the framework for what makes a pass rush effective.