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delaware's eight man front - the zone blitz

delaware's eight man front - the zone blitz

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On behalf of the Delaware football pro-

gram, Head Coach K.C. Keeler and our defensive staff of Paul Williams, Rob Neviaser, Craig Cummings and Brandon Walker, it is an honor to contribute to the

2003 AFCA Summer Manual.

In recent years, the zone blitz has been a widely used concept in passing situations. The philosophy of the zone blitz has been to overload the pass protection, to trigger a hot throw and tackle it up. At Delaware, we also use the zone blitz in run/play action pass situ- ations. Our goals in these situations are to outnumber the amount of blockers in the run game and contain, as well as defend, play- action passes. We view the zone blitz as one of our eight-man fronts with immediate boot- leg contain. This past season we zone blitzed 79 times versus the run, for an average gain of 2.75 yards per rushing attempt.

The advantages of the zone blitz over a
traditional eight man front:
1.The post-snap movement hurts a
team who is choosing their rungame to a
specific leverage.
2.The pre snap two deep shell does not

indicate a weakness to quick game or one on one coverage on the receivers. We are a seven man front look pre snap.

3.A player is assigned a vertical charge

to immediately contain any action pass on both the strong and weak sides. They are not put in the bend inside for the run game versus containing the bootleg dilemma.

4.The blitz is run out of a field front not

a formation front. There are no checks. Change of strength motion and tight end trade have no effect. The coverage remains the same to any formation.

B e l o w, in Diagrams 1, 2 and 3 are the top
zone blitzes we use as eight-man fronts:
Below in diagrams 4 and 5 are tradition-
al eight-man fronts:

Our philosophy on the zone blitz is to be a 5-3 defense with cutback help coming from the strong and weak side. Our rush end (he is in a three point stance) is the boundary cut- back player. He will shuffle back on the snap to linebacker level and is on a backfield key. He plays like the will in a 4-3 defense (Diagram 6). There is an outside player work- ing vertical on the snap to contain bootleg and action passes both strong and weak. T h e pass coverage is three underneath (curl No. 2/hook No. 3/curl No. 2) and three deep. All pass coverage people have their vision on the quarterback expecting a quick throw.

Boundary receivers will be rerouted to the outside toward the corner. Field receivers will be rerouted to the inside toward the middle third player (Diagram 6).

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