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June 2008

June 2008


Zone Blitzing the Spread Offense

How elements like speed and spacing can be negated with a solid pressure package
by: Mike Kuchar
© June 2008

There are some major philosophical components that need to be taken into consideration when coaches devise defenses. The first are structural concerns – what base front will you imply, even or odd? What will be your base coverage – will you be in a one high or two high safety defense? How will you defend the run game – will you be a “box” team that filters all perimeter runs to the middle of your defense, or will you prefer to “spill” everything to the perimeter, making the speed of your defense an asset as you run down offenses.

When you start to focus on philosophy, you need to determine whether you will be a pressure defense or not. Teams that decide on bringing pressure have usually relied on bringing six to seven men on the snap, creating all out blitz circumstances. Sure, it sounds good and looks dynamic on the whiteboard....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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