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1 Joe Daniel LB / OL, Asst. Head Coach Prince George High School

2  Zone blitzes bring 5 man pressure, but with the safety of Zone Coverage.  Zone coverages for 5 man pressure are the 3 under, 3 deep (3) or 4 under, 2 deep (2)  Blitzes use Defensive Line, Linebackers and Safeties  Any player can also be asked to drop into coverage in a Zone Blitz

3  Chance of a big reward with blitzing, with less risk than man coverage  Zone blitzes are exciting for the players to mix it up  Cause confusion for the Offensive Line by using line movement coupled with blitzes  Cause confusion for the Quarterback because he doesn’t know who will cover what area









12  Linebackers will make “SMOKE” call after they get strength alignment to alert DBs they are coming.  The Safety who is dropping will make a “CRASH” call. The Safety on the side of the blitz buzzes the flats. Strong Safety usually comes down if Mike is going.  The Safety who will be responsible for Deep 1/3 responds to the “CRASH” Call with a “YOU YOU YOU!” Call.

13  Gap-Out Step: Penetrate the Gap ◦ Lateral step with foot closest to gap responsibility ◦ Rip with inside arm, clear hip and penetrate to heel line in the gap.  Cut step: Cross One Face ◦ Lateral step with foot in direction of stunt ◦ Second step 45 ⁰ as you rip with off-arm ◦ Third step square up in the Gap, penetrate to heel line

14  Long-Cut Step: Cross Two Faces ◦ Lateral step with foot in direction of stunt ◦ Second step crossover in front with back foot, third step bring first foot back to balance ◦ Attack at 45 ⁰ angle, reading the hip of the 2 nd DL. If he comes to you, cross face. If he goes down, squeeze to replace his hip.  Slam Technique: If a DT has contain on Pass Rush because the End is dropping, he cut steps and crashes into the hip of the OT, works lateral to ensure contain. Do not get upfield!

15  Defensive line must communicate calls when they are dropping to pass coverage  Enchilada: End Dropper, usually the DE opposite the “SMOKE” and “CRASH” Calls.  Nacho: Nose Dropper, mostly on Double Edge blitzes.  Taco: Tackle Dropper, nothing in our package uses a Tackle Dropper at this time.  DT must hear the “Enchilada” call, DT will be executing SLAM Technique


17  Mike Backer ◦ MIKE ◦ MAX (Partner w/ Strong Tackle)  Sam Backer ◦ SAM ◦ SAX (Partner w/ Strong End)  Will Backer ◦ WILL ◦ WAX (Partner w/ Weak End)  All of these blitzes are available, every game.








25  Force the Quarterback to move out of the pocket  Blitz into the face of a throw  Effective against Zone Read  Weak Side ◦ WAM (America’s Fire Zone) – Will and Mike ◦ FAMOUS – Free Safety and Mike  Strong Side ◦ SMACK – Sam and Mike ◦ SMOTHER – Strong Safety and Mike







32  Contain a Quarterback who wants to break the pocket  Attack edge runs like Jet Sweep and Outside Zone  SAW Blitz ◦ Strong side and Weak side outside player. ◦ Can be the Defensive End, Outside Linebacker or Safety to either side.




36  Force a Pocket Passer to move or unload early  Movement to confuse Inside Zone scheme  Strong Side ◦ MASH ◦ MACHETE  Weak Side ◦ MAWL




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