Sunday, May 10, 2020

Attacking Buck Sweep with Safety Rotation

On a 2nd 4 Georgia is in Nickel personnel spaced as a 2 high 4-2-5.

The coverage rolls late in the cadence to space as a 4-3 with the roll down safety taking on the roll of the "Sam" backer. 

The Bulldogs are able to leverage several advantages by rolling to a 1 high safety coverage:

Playing this coverage allows for the corners to play press and the Nickel to stay over #2. This allows for an aggressive denial of the split receiving threats on quick game and RPO concepts. On 2nd 4 a short completion is likely to make the line to gain and a 1st down.

The pre-snap presentation has combination of the LB's alignment with a 2 high shell to deters weak side run or pass concepts. The looks invites the strong side run directly into the safety rotation. 

The roll down safety becomes the target of the crack block by the motion WR. The result is the Nickel and ILB being able to vise the pulling guard. The defense is able to outnumber with point of attack with defenders close to the LOS. 

The over front allows weak side ILB to hold for the QB read/keep schemes while the safety rotations allows the fits to handle the pullers strong.

The DT's on the twist is subtle advantage also the 3tech on the penetration picks off the back side puller while the looping shade is able to add a body to strong side run fit. 

Really nice usage of a denial 1 high coverage to create a gain of zero and set up a winnable 3rd down. Good stuff from Georgia Defensive Coordinator Dan Lanning. 

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