Just wanted to post a quick example of some nice, easy zone blitzes out of the 3-4 Defense. As I’ve talked about, I would like to have this front in my package solely for the purpose of zone blitzing. For base play, I would be slanting and blitzing the OLB away from the slant, creating a 4-man front. But the angles, the deception, everything involved in zone blitzing out of a 3-4 is awesome.I like the above zone blitz because it is simple, and changes very, very little from the base play that we would be running out of the 3-4 front. Everyone is slanting strong (assuming the field is strength, since its a balanced formation). Backside OLB is blitzing from the outside. Only change is that now we have an inside linebacker hitting his gap responsibility. The 3 under, 3 deep Fire Zone concept needs to be instilled in your players. If they understand coverages in general, and know the purpose of this coverage (to put pressure on the QB, and just keep it in front!), they’ll be okay with it.Reason for it? Overload one side. Great against slide protection, especially if you get a read on where the slide is going. If you expect the slide to go toward the field in this case, it would be perfect. Either a backer is coming free, or you’re creating one-on-ones for your defensive linemen, too. The Tackle to the slant side (or End, whatever you prefer), is going to be responsible for containing the QB on a pass, but the OLB on that side will be responsible for the contain on a run. That’s an important concept, by the way. In a pass rush, the outside RUSHER is responsible for the outside shoulder of the Quarterback. The guy that is responsible for containing the RUN may be in his drop when the QB scrambles.
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