It’s football season again. Many youth football programs are in full swing, high schools have already started district play and college football’s quest for the playoffs is off and running. For all of you youth and high school football coaches that are trying to establish a run game and it’s just not happening or to you coaches that have established a run game but would like to see a little more umph, I have just the thing for you.
BLUNT PLAY ZONE IT
By: Charlie Coiner – CEO – First Down Playbook
Anyone who has taught or coached this play knows that there really is no playside or backside to it. The weak side zone play or Blunt as it is commonly referred can hit anywhere. In fact if you charted this play the ball hits back over to the Tight Ends’ side much more than it ever hits to the open end side. The play is designed to start weak and get the defense running before the ball carrier normally cuts and runs the ball directly over the original alignment of the Center. As the defense reacts to the initial footwork of the back and the defensive front fights to maintain their gap control the critical blocks often fall on the two Tight Ends cutting off the Defensive End and Sam LB.
-This is a 5 step our progression read for the QB.-He should read this Y to X to F to H (If his protection is suspect I would tell him Y to X to H)
-Vs MOF Open/Zone: (2 or 1/4’s coverage)
-The QB should look to get the ball to the Tight End on the 5th step of his drop.
-The Tight End should outside release and sell a vertical route early.
-The Tight End should turn outside and sit in the hole away from the leverage of the LB.
-If the SLB expands past the Y and the MLB expands or gets depth then the QB should get to the X who is sitting down in that hole.
-If the SLB and the MLB match the Y and the X the QB can: