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Designing a Pressure Pass Defensive Package

Designing a Pressure Pass Defensive Package

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Published by: Matthew Looney on Aug 04, 2010
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Once you have designed your run blitz package, you will want to design and incorporate
into your defensive package a good pressure pass blitz package. It was always my feeling
that while our run blitz and pass blitz packages were made up of the same number of
defensive players committed to the blitz, they were certainly different in design and,
when it was the appropriate situation to call them during the game.


When we set out to design our pass blitz pressure each year, we thought that it was very important that we considered each blitz in relationship to the type of pass protection that an opponent would be using against us during the game. The scheme that we would face would determine which pass blitz we would feature during that week.

Pass protection schemes were broken down into man, zone and slide protection. Usually
an offensive team will feature one type of pass protection over the other especially on
definite passing situations.

Next we would evaluate our opponentís personnel. We would try to determine which
player or players might be easiest to beat. Attempting to run stunts at your opponents best
pass blockers usually does not result in pressure on the quarterback.

We would then try to determine and predict definite pass situations of our opponent based
on the scouting reports of their previous games. If we found that an opponent used
multiple substitution and different personnel sets when passing the ball, it then became
necessary for us to design some form of a substitution pass blitz package. We did this to
insure we would always have the option to bring pressure regardless of who was on the

While our pass blitz package using defensive lineman and linebackers included a variety of stunts, we eliminated the a majority of the stunts when we involved a blitzer from the secondary.


While running a zone coverage and using either our three or four man line defense, our
first blitz always included stunts between one of our outside linebackers and our
defensive end. When we brought a backer in our four down look, we either had to drop
another defensive lineman into coverage or choose to vacate a zone. Our three down front
did not necessitate either of these adjustments.

Next, we would design packages which included one of our inside linebackers. In our
four down front these would involve our middle linebacker and one of our defensive

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