I like being able to send pressure when I feel like it is needed. One of the biggest problems with blitzing is the high risk high reward that comes with it. There are plenty of “passive pressures” as I like to call them and cover 2 trap blitzing is definitely on way to do it. When played correctly versus certain formations cover 2 trap blitzing can be what I call a good “passive pressure”. When I do cover 2 trap blitz I like it versus mainly 2×2 (DIAGRAM #1) and sometimes 3×1 (DIAGRAM #2). I like cover 2 versus the pass so cover 2 trap blitz fits really well with our regular cover 2 coverage. Its no better feeling than sending a blitz and making the quarterback throw the ball right where you want it to be thrown. Cover 2 trap does a good job of baiting quarterbacks in my opinion.
when we run this blitz versus 2×2 (DIAGRAM #1) we keep our cover 2 principles as far a technique goes with just slight tweaks. In cover 2 trap we play it almost like what most people call “palms” coverage we want the corner to break on flat routes now because we expect the hot throw, and in return our safeties will look to rob #1 right now with #2 going out to the flats. Rather in regular cover 2 he can play a little softer and break when they throw to flats first. We are blitzing our outside linebackers who are contain rushers. Our inside linebackers are vertical/wall players. Which means they will wall #2 inside and carry #2 vertical. Our safeties are still deep half players just like in regular cover 2.
I don’t like it as much versus 3×1 (DIAGRAM #2) but I have done it some. versus 3×1 we will bump our inside linebackers to trips side with our backside linebacker will now play vertical wall on #3. To the single WR side we can make a “yoyo” (you on your own) check which now the cornerback is now man on #1. Also to the single WR side the blitzing linebacker will now be an “alert peel” player which means he will take the RB if he swings out to his side.
This is just a little safe “passive pressure” I have ran to keep some pressure on the quarterback without a risk of giving up a deep ball as heavy because of the 2 high coverage. Hope you enjoyed thanks for reading.