Blitz of the Day: Florida State Okie Front Overload Pressure

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Florida State was one of the hottest teams the second half of the college football season large in part due to its defensive turn around who became quite dominate with their pass rush and nation leading 51 sacks. Charles Kelly does a a great job of mixing up the looks to be able to pressure the quarterback.  I started going back to some of FSU games,  this week I’am watching FSU vs Miami and I found a great example of how Charles Kelly gets pressure.

Its 3rd and 6 and Miami has drove the ball deep into FSU territory at the +19 yard line. In my opinion as a defensive coordinator one of the best times to send pressure is with teams inside the +25 yard line. My reasoning for this is because the field shrinks and you now have the help of the 12th defender which is the back of the endzone which means less chance of allowing a explosive play to happen.

Miami comes out in 12 personnel in a 2×2 alignment,  I call this formation Gun Ace Wing.

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Florida State has their Nickel package on the field but gets into a 3-4 Okie look presnap, I really like this because some blitzes are easier to disguise and work better out of a  3-4 look because you don”t have to drop a defensive lineman into coverage.

Like I said earlier one of the best times to send pressure is when teams get inside the +25 yard line because the field shrinks and the defense now has the 12 defender aka the back of the endzone to help you out. Charles Kelly dials up a nice overload pressure in this situation.
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An overload pressure is any blitz where you intentionally blitz 4 defenders off one side of the Center.  In this scenario Florida State is bringing this blitz to the Running Back side. Im sure through game plan and preparations Florida State knew that Miami liked full slide insert protection.  Also with it being 3 and 6 inside the 20 yard line Miami knows they can at least get 3 points here in a scoreless game nearing the end of 1st quarter. Miami play call is very conservative because of this.

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As you can see nothing is aggressive about the play call and Florida State did a good job here and deciding to be aggressive in this situation. The key to making this blitz work is that Miami is using full slide protection on this play.  Florida State brings the overload to the Running Back side in order to get a 2 on 1 versus the RB. They purposely bring 2 defenders off the edge to have one more defender than Miami can block.  The blitz side defensive end also did a great job of occupying the left tackle to free up both defenders blitzing off the edge.

Florida State is running Man Free Cover 1 with this blitz as well. Important to note that even though Florida State did not get a sack on this blitz the pressure forced Brad Kaaya to get rid of the ball early, but more importantly he had to get rid of the ball and doesn’t have any room to lead the TE open because of the back of the endzone. If Kaaya would have had an extra half second he probably would have been able to fire a shot for a easy TD.  See the blitz in action below

Cover 2 Trap Blitzing

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.
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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.
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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.