Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Alabama Cover 1 Dog

Here is a effective 5 man cover 1 pressure from Alabama defensive coordinator and new Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt. The Tide are in Dime personnel group with 2 rush linebackers at DE. 



The Rush:
The Dime blitzes off the edge. Inside the Rush backer and DT are running a twist with the DT penetrating and the Rush looping inside. The weak side Rush backer is playing man coverage on the running back. 

The Coverage:
Initially the coverage is a two high shell that rolls late to a 1 high man free concept. Corners are playing aggressive press technique.



Alabama manipulates the protection really well. The usage of Dime personnel causes the OL to be less like to treat the Dime as a rush threat. The coverage disguise adds to the effect. The Dime shows an alignment and demeanor that he is going to pass drop to the #3 receiver. The back end also holds the 2 high safety shell until late to further sell the Dime as a coverage player. 

The Mike pressuring in the A gap adds to the success. The Center sets to the Mike because he is a bigger pass rush threat than the Dime. That gives the Dime the run off the edge. If the Center did pass set to the Dime's side, the Mike would have a run through on the RB. In that case the defense would get an overload with the Mike and man cover rush backer on the RB.

Good stuff from Bama.  

Georgia Zone Dog

Nice 5 man pass rush zone dog from Georgia and Kirby Smart.


The Rush:
The interior twist by the DT's forces the guards and center to squeeze together to pick up the twist. When the OG to the Nose squeezes, it creates the interior rush opportunity for the DE on the inside move. The OT is forced to pass set the inside move DE with no help from the guard. The OT's block also shortens the edge for the Will backer as he wraps to a contain rush from depth.

The Coverage:
Aggressive 3 under 3 deep with press corners and the MOF safety aggressively playing the inside vertical threat. The field side seam dropper denies the hot throw to the slant by the #2 WR which forces the QB to hold the ball. 



Simple effective 5 man pass rush from the Bulldogs. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Michigan Pressure

Really interesting and effective pressure concept from Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown. The Wolverines are in a 3-3 nickel personnel package.



The Rush:
The front slides the 3 down linemen to the strong side and has all 3 LB's walked up to the weak side. The Mike is initially in a 3 point stance. 

The effect is a 4 man version of America's Blitz. The Will wraps around to the fill the role of the inside rusher in the America's blitz concept. Because the defense bluffs the weak side overload the protection doesn't identify the concept as America's blitz and pass it off. The RB is forced into a really difficult block, scanning all the way back across the formation to pick up the Will as he wraps around. 

The Coverage:
Strong side is a soft cover 2 and weak side is a hard cover 2. 


Good stuff from the Michigan defense!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Vikings Green Dog

Here is a good example of a green dog concept for Head Coach Mike Zimmer and the Vikings. Minnesota is in a nickel personnel group.


Rush:
The concept is a 5 man pressure concept with the 4 defensive lineman and 1 ILB rushing. There seems to be some miscommunication between the 3 tech DT and the Mike LB on where to rush.

The Coverage: 
Man Free with a green dog concept. The idea is if your man responsibility in coverage blocks you add to the pressure and rush the QB.




The offense has the 5 OL to block the 5 rushers. When the offense adds the TE into the protection the safety who had the the TE in man adds to the pressure. The challenge this creates is the OL identified the safety as part of the coverage not part of the pass rush. The OL is working to the 5 most immediate threats (2 DT's, DE, 2 ILB's) and the TE is on the DE. When the Safety adds the offense does not have an efficient way to communicate and pick up the pressure. 

Good Stuff.