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.
C2 Trap Blitz 2x2
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.
C2 Trap Blitz 3x1
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.


Bringing Pressure with Cornerback Blitz

One of my favorite ways to bring pressure is with a cornerback blitz versus certain offensive formations. Cornerback blitzes can be a great versus certain run plays as well. This post I’m focusing on cornerback blitz versus the pass against 3×1 formations that I have used.

I started to run this cornerback blitz due to issue with trying to contain the quarterback on sprint out plays. We faced a few teams who set the running back to the trips side and have him set the edge on sprint out plays. The way I have ran it is below (DIAGRAM #1)
CB Blitz

We still like bringing pressure from the trips side versus sprint out as well because pressure from trips side can disrupts the sprint out action before it starts usually and get the quarterback to make his decision to throw or run even faster. However when we bring the cornerback from the single WR side. We have had him come unblock most times.

I like bringing pressure from the look of having both defensive tackles in head up 2 techniques. It makes the offensive line play more of a guessing game with their protection because they don’t know right away who is rushing where. I like slanting the defensive line away from blitzing corner because It helps our d-line versus the sprint out and it helps occupy the tackle to keep the cornerback clean on the blitz.

When you send pressure it doesn’t have to always be a sack or turnover. If you make the QB throw a bad pass or get rid of the ball fast that’s a win in my book. Also in my experience high school QB’s start to sense the pressure way faster and now we’re in his head. Hope you enjoyed this short post.