Category Archives: Zone Blitz

Zone Coverages of the 50 Defense

I grew up playing against a true 50 defense in middle school and high school. Our defensive coordinator called it a 3-4, but he was bringing both OLB’s the majority of the time. We played a lot of zone defense. The defensive linemen two – gapped on a large percentage of our snaps. Now, this was before the invention of the spread, but there are good high school football teams that run a 50 defense and are successful against the spread.

This post will discuss how to use the 50 defense successfully with regards to zone coverage. Continue reading

3-4 Dime Personnel Package

See what coaches are learning about this 3-4 Dime Personnel Package – including Video

We are in an age of football where offenses spread the field and want to get players in space. It is essential that defenses adapt so they can limit the number of big plays and points allowed.

The 3-4 is the most versatile of all defenses and this 3-4 dime personnel package gives the defense more speed on the field and the ability to bring pressure or drop 8 into coverage.

The base coverage for this 3-4 dime personnel package is Tampa 2 with a run – thru “Star” that will run to the goalpost at 15 – 22 yards if he sees it is a pass. This package also has the ability to bring a field fire zone and a double edge pressure to keep the offense guessing. Continue reading

Multiple 3-4 Fire Zone Blitz Coverages

Coaches thought Fire Zone Blitzes Were Just Cover 3 Concepts – Then They Read This!

The term “fire zone blitz” has become a buzzword at all levels of football, and the effective use of them has shut down many offenses. In this article I will explain two fire zones blitz coverages that can be used against every style of offense.

The coverages used in these fire zone blitzes are cover 3 and cover 2, which are simple fire zone blitz coverages that are taught at even the Pop Warner level. The secret to the success of these fire zone blitzes is that you are able to disguise them, because the pre-snap look is the same to the quarterback (2 high shell).

A lot of coaches do not like to run fire zones because they seem too complex, but when you break them down you will see how simple and effective they are in creating confusion and chaos for an offense.
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3 Ways to Defend Trips Formations from 1 Coverage Shell

Defending trips formations, even with many more spread formations, is still a tough task. Many teams will still check to one automatic blitz or one automatic coverage.

Well, that ends today! I want to show you 3 examples of how to defend trips from the exact same coverage shell.

For many of you, these are pretty safe adjustments too, meaning you’ve probably already got something like them in your playbook. You might not need my exact adjustment for defending trips formations, but maybe you can tweak your already existing concept.

We’ll present one slightly tweaked zone coverage adjustment, one man coverage adjustment, and finally a zone blitz. Again, all of these will come from the same shell. That way, you don’t need to teach new adjustments or give any tells to the offense. Continue reading

Dick LeBeau’s Mike/Will Cross Fire Zone Blitz

Dick LeBeau is an innovator, and most in coaching circles understand that. He changed the way coaches blitz with the fire zone blitz. Well, his Mike/Will Linebacker Cross Blitz is arguably one of the two most famous zone blitzes used today, only preceded by the NCAA blitz.

What makes LeBeau’s Mike Will Linebacker cross fire zone blitz so nasty is it really can hurt tight A gap runs and off tackle power and counter plays. With two of the inside linebackers exchanging responsibilities, it is hard for many teams to use these types of plays unless their players execute it at a high level, aka they make that play their bread and butter and they really practice it a lot. Continue reading

Cover 2 Trap: A Fire Zone Blitz

I’ve recently discovered Vine, a twitter app for iOS (and soon android) that takes short snippets of video and shares them easily. I’m going to start sharing a few of these football videos that I do on Strong Football’s twitter account. I wrote my first vine… Tweet on cover 2 trap you can see the video later in this post.

The big advantage of vine is how quickly it works. I will be starting chalk talk sessions using the #fbcoach hashtag. If you have questions or thoughts, please share them by messaging my twitter account or retweeting it. There is a lot of great football coaching material using that hashtag so check it out.

Cover 2 Trap

For now, here is my first Vine post, discussing cover 2 trap, a fire zone blitz that fakes like your rolling to cover 3 or a 3 deep blitz. The trap is actually in the strongside corner. He drops momentarily post snap to influence like its cover 3. He then settles his hips and plays the flat like he would in cover 2.

Cover 2 trap is a great zone blitz on heavy run downs. You can easily bring a safety into the box and run a coverage besides cover 3, while also taking away the quick game. A lot of people will run this coverage with 4 underneath, and that’s fine too. I just thought I’d share one of my favorites I’ve seen. By the way, there is sound if you watch it on my Twitter or vine account. There wasn’t sound at the time of this posting.

Now there are some weaknesses to this coverage. You have to have rangy safeties and your weakside corner needs to be okay on an island. I would run other coverages versus spread sets, like a 3 deep 3 underneath zone blitz using those now infamous rip/Liz match rules from Nick Saban.

Overall, cover 2 trap is a great alternative for your fire zone blitzing family if your seeking an alternative coverage. In regards to vine, I will probably sharing more videos take on here soon.