Many defensive coordinators cringe when they think about blitzing. Why? So many times, blitzing results in having to play Cover-0 or man coverage behind the blitz. Sometimes, more talented teams can zone blitz – but even then, they’re giving up grass and using players who don’t normally have to cover the pass. Because our box players are independent from our secondary, our 4-2-5 blitz packages allow us to stay fundamentally sound without changing the rules of coverage for our secondary players.
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.
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.