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The Lead Draw

The Lead Draw

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The Lead Draw – Fox 2/3 Draw
 
By John Anderson
 In any passing offense, you must have the ability to negate any strong pass rush. There are three solid ways todo that: a strong running game, screens, and draws. And the purpose of this article is to explain how to use thedraw play to negate the pass rush, but also to give added value and a threat to the passing game.The idea behind the Lead Draw is very simple: pull up the defensive linemen up field in their pass rushes anduse their aggressiveness against them so that you can slip the draw play to a back.. We want to take thedefensive ends up field and kick them out, and push the defensive tackles to one side. This will allow us to useour fullback to isolate a inside linebacker, and possibly break a play. In the process, we want to cut off the pursuit of the rest of the linebackers. Depending on the front, by pushing the defensive tackles in the 43 defenseto one side, or the nose tackle in the 34 defense, we create a cavity for the fullback to have room to push theinside linebacker to one side or the other. The ball carrier will read this as his key block on where to go with the ball from here.As we draw up the blocking schemes versus the different fronts, you will see a great similarity between theway we block the 34 defense and the 43 under defense. The rules are almost identical due to the proximity of the defensive tackle and the weak side outside linebacker. This play is ideal against the 34 defense, and the 43under defense in that it attacks the cavity over the play side guard. This puts the ball into the “B” gap, whileagainst the 43 over defense, or a straight 43, the ball needs to come back inside to the “A” gap. Now you canrun it to the “B” gap versus the straight 43, but you will have to be confident that your play side guard willhandle the defensive tackle.
 
In our system “Fox Two” is directed at our right side, while “Fox Three” is directed at the left side. This isconsistent with our even numbers being on the right side of the formation, and the odd numbered holes on theleft side of the formation.This is Fox Three against a slightly over shifted defensive front that we used to see often. We direct the playright up in between the defensive tackles. You will see in the cases against “Over” defenses, that the blockingwill possibly flip over to take advantage of the alignment.
 
Blocking for the Lead Draw
 – We found out from watching film of the 49ers, and ironically, some old Baltimore Colts film that this playreally hasn’t changed too much over the years.We start with the “Zero” or the “One” technique. We want to scoop that technique and move him to the backside away from the play to create the alley for our fullback to isolate the play side inside linebacker. This begins the creation of a tandem or “co-op” assignment to scoop the defensive tackle and scrape off to the backside linebacker.We do not want to allow the 0/1 technique to be left without a double team until the last possible moment. Byusing the “co-op” technique, known by many other names, we can control the 0/1 technique until the verysecond that the backside linebacker commits to which side or the other. If the 0/1 technique drives for the weak side “A” gap, then the guard will peel off and cut off the linebackers pursuit. If the 0/1 technique drives into thestrong side “A” gap, then the guard will finish the scoop, and the center will scrape off and cut off the pursuit of the linebacker. This is done by “feel” as to how the defensive tackle applies pressure. If we see the defensive tackles in “two” techniques (head up on our guards), then we tell the onside guard totake his opponent to the outside, and the center to hinge back on the backside tackle. We will then take the play back inside the “A” gap. This is what we classify as a even front. On even fronts, we change the rule to take the ball into the onside “A” gap vice the onside “B” gap.

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