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August 2000

August 2000


Attacking the Red Zone

by: Steve Loney
Offensive Coordinator, Iowa State University
© August 2000

There are several considerations that must go into your staff's planning a comprehensive red zone ready list. As I present these concepts to you, you will have to establish your own answers to some of these factors and hopefully, be able to work your offensive system into each concept.

1. Determine where the red zone begins. If you are fortunate to have a computer printout of your opponent, you may be able to see where they change their philosophy. Many times you can sense that yourself, merely by watching a game. Also, field position will restrict your available plays. We begin to implement our red zone attacks at the +25-yard line.

2. When studying your opponent, ask yourself if there are two red zones. As a general rule, I have found defenses to pressure and blitz more from the +25 to +13 and to play a more base defense fro....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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