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42-43 Philosophy

42-43
“Zone” Family
•42-43 is a true “Inside Zone” play in which covered and
uncovered linemen “team” to double and get movement on
a down defensive man, and step off to a linebacker late!
This allows us to push the line of scrimmage back and give
the ball carrier running lanes!
•This is a persistence play…it forces the linebackers to be
perfect every time. Many times it will go for 3, 4, and 5
yards a number of times in a row, then suddenly start to
break for big chunks as we wear people down!
•The ball carrier must be patient initially to let the play develop! The longer he can
“press” the play into the L.O.S., the longer the double teams have to get movement,
and the more the LBs will move and create running lanes! However, once he makes
his cut the running back must explode into another gear and get through the hole!.
•The simplicity of the blocking rules allows us to run this play against any front we see
with minimal adjustments…it also means we can run it from any formation!
KEYS to a successful play: CALLS/VARIATIONS
•OL talks at the L.O.S. & gets “married up” to defenders properly! •“Team”
•Linemen get movement on down linemen and don’t step off double •“Solo”
teams too early! •“79”
•FB presses the L.O.S., has great vision, is patient to the L.O.S.,
then explodes through the hole!
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42-43 Instructional

42-43
FS Outs: Inside stalk man on. Alert for “Bomb” call!
FS Ins: Inside stalk man on.
43 v. “Split” FS TE: Zone rules.
Alert to “79” call: Block out to the 9, bring T to 7
EXPLODE through it! “ZONE RULES”
*If I’m covered,
covered and the next man back is covered,
covered I call
C C “SOLO
SOLO” and drive block the man over me. My first step
will be 6 inches!
inches
*If I’m covered,
covered and the next man back is uncovered
uncovered, I call
R W S “TEAM
TEAM”... he & I work together to block the down lineman
on me and the nearest LB. My first step will be 6 inches!
inches
SS *If I’m uncovered,
uncovered I expect a “TEAM” call from the man in
E T T E front of me! My first step will be 12 inches!
inches
*COVERED linemen: Reduce split! Aiming point is outside
armpit! MUST maintain contact!
*TEAM blocks get movement,
movement, stay on double team until LBs
“Solo” “Team” “Team” threaten the window vertically up into the hole!
*BACKSIDE linemen must WALL down defenders & not let them
cross your face!
SLOW
to the hole... FS T: Zone rules. Alert “79” call by TE, telling you to
inside drive block the 7 technique.
FS G: Zone rules.
CENTER: Zone rules. If covered, maintaining contact is
the key…drive man past hole if you cannot reach him!
R: Align at 6 1/2 yds. Lateral step with your frontside foot, BS G: Zone rules. Backside blocks are a BIG deal!
crossover, then step and attack the inside leg of the offensive They can be the difference between 4 yards and 20!
tackle.
tackle. “Slow to the hole, explode through the hole. Cut back BS T: Zone rules. 5 tech doesn’t count as “covered.”
one lane for each man that crosses your face, but don’t cut
until you’re up into the line of scrimmage. BS TE: Zone rules: 9 tech doesn’t count as “covered.”
QB: Front out to 7 or 5 o’clock, get ball to FB DEEP. Look BS Outs: Convoy middle 1/3. Alert for “BOMB” situations.
the ball in, you are responsible for the mesh. Hesitate & BS Ins: Inside stalk the man over you. Cut him off.
follow ball with your eyes, then boot out hard, snap head to
find EMLOS as you do for possible Boot/Naked. H (Backfield/Slot):
(Backfield/Slot): Hard fill in backside C gap right off OT’s
cheek; Seal the end defender on the L.O.S. inside out
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42=43 You Draw It

Right Wing Flop 43 v. Split Right Wide 42 v. Bear

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Trips Left 43 v. Odd Ray Under 42 v. Even


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2001 Offense:
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