Snake (from Okie Mug alignments) is an overloaded strong-side zone dog that includes Nickel and Strong-Safety blitz from the strongside.
The Jet Sweep is one of the most devastating plays used in the spread offense to keep defenses off-balance and on their heels. Before long, most defenses are forced to make adjustments in their defensive fronts in an effort to stop this play. This article provides excellent “counters to the counters” and shows highly effective plays you can automatically switch to when defenses make adjustments within a 4-4 or 5-3 defensive scheme.
The Stupid Sweep is a wild, unbalanced set that confounds core defensive strategy with its abundant overloads and uncharacteristic philosophy. With diagrams and photos that show how The Stupid Sweep attacks various defenses, you’ll also see effective counters and run-pass options that allow you to easily add this unconventional play to your own offense.
In today’s age of up-tempo, spread offense, and RPOs, offenses have been utilizing pre-snap motion and shifts to keep defenses off-balance and exploit their weak spots. This article provides solid strategy, defensive rules and keys for keeping your defense sound when an offense uses Flare Motion and Quick Motion pre-snap.
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.
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Why keep a player who is an above-average pass defender on the backside of twins to play in space vs. a TE, or worse, at the line vs. a blocking TE? To avoid this dilemma, in the 4-2-5 we use a concept called “Flip.”
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.
Offenses utilize motion and shifting to out-leverage the defense to attack how a defense sets its strength/front. Auburn University, for example, has built an entire offense based upon using pre-snap wide-receiver motion to move defenses and to out-leverage a defense’s alignment. This article provides ideas and strategies to counteract an offense’s motion. Complete with diagrams and rules that will help you implement these tactics into your defensive game plan.
This article outlines how one program developed an innovative coaching aid they called, “Coverage 101 Sessions,” which is designed as an easy-to-understand teaching system that helps defensive players to better understand each coverage used in their defense. With “Coverage 101 Sessions,” defenders learn the strengths of each coverage, the vulnerabilities of each coverage and the critical components to know for better on-field execution. Complete with teaching examples and coverage diagrams, you’ll be able to add this game-proven system to your defensive regimen.
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.