Now on Using Blitz Keys to Sniff Out Pressure

When putting together my latest breakdown of the National Championship Game, I became interested in some of the ways that both teams, particularly Oregon, picked up on whether the defense was really going to bring pressure. The book is all about the details coaches look for when they’re making adjustments over the course of an entire game, so it was important to look at the subtle changes in the defensive alignment when they’ve decided to bring pressure.

The post deals with running and passing against the blitz, as well as the structure of the blitz and the responsibilities of the players away from the pressure.

For Ohio State, the odd front look (above) has been a red flag to the offense that pressure is coming, because it allows the defensive linemen to line up head up over offensive linemen, then slant across their faces and cause disruption in the backfield. The biggest blitz indicator, however, is the alignment of the two linemen to the offense’s left side that we just talked about. Since they’re in position to funnel everything back the other way, it’s safe to assume that the defense has something planned coming from the opposite direction, and that all eleven players on defense are part of it in some way.

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