What is your favorite blitz package. How do you run it (rules, etc.)? Why has it worked well for you?
We have only one blitz package (with the exception when we scout a certain opponent and come up with a "special" package). What blitz package do you run that is universal and you found that it works vs. every opponent?
I think you have already answered you own question. Every team must really come up with their own solution. Sometimes (myself included) we try and find the universal answer to everything and there is really not one. I don't think we have ever had a Blitz that worked with every opponent. Also, it is different every year. That said.... We try and overload an area. 4 on 3, 3 on 2, four from a side, get an edge rush by the two OLBs, etc. Put people in a bind, Attack their weakest O-Lineman, what does the QB do when pressured and attack that. I believe that it is how you teach the blitz that is important. What and how do we key when blitzing, landmarks for pressure, closing run lanes etc. are all things to consider. If what you are doing works, stay with it. Modify it to meet your needs opponent to opponent. Show and go one game, run it from normal depth the next, and bluff it the next game, then mix it up (one blitz 3 different looks). All have worked for us and it gives the offense more to practice against. I hope this helps?
This year we played four teams that used a two TE full house backefield. The first team blugened us for one half. We went in and made this adjustment. We are at multiple 40 team so when they came out in that package we brought our rover up to the LOS and the Sam up to the LOS. We then ran a pinch slant with our DL and sent the rover and Sam off the edge and completely shut down that team for the rest of the game. The corners were responsible for the TEs in pass release and the FS took near back his side as did the Will. Now with the other teams we did bascically the same thing. If they motioned into the three back set then it was an aoutomatic double "RAW" call. It made the last team we played get out of that three back set. Incidently we won all four of those games.
I will base my defense depending on the personnel. To keep the defense simple I will run the 4-3-4 scheme. Creating a 7 man box the defense can run a mixture of zone and man coverages. Our goal is to contain edges, keep plays in front of us and attack the QB with stunts in our DL and LBs. The defense will be coached on techniques to create turnovers to put the team in a positive turnover margin. The goal is to obtain a turnover margin of +2 every game. If personnel allows, we will incorporate a 4-4-3 defense. In order to run this defense efficiently, the Strong Safety must be a versatile player that can play the run, blitz and drop into coverage. This defense will create a 8 man box that will be strong against the run. Having great man DB’s will also be important for this defensive formation as they will run majority man coverage. Our goal is to control the box again containing edges and performing stunts to put pressure on QB.
Defensive practice will include pursuit drills. Defense will be coached to bring all 11 helmets to the ball every snap. During the pursuit periods of practice, defense will align in base 4-3-4 against a scout QB and 2 outside receivers who are lined up on the bottom of the numbers. The QB will throw to either receiver and defense will react with a up down once ball is released. Receiver will sprint up the sideline and all defenders must cross his face using a run by technique exploding and attacking the inside hip. Another pursuit drill will have defense align in the base formation again. This time a coach will be in place of the QB. The coach will then blow whistle and players will run in place. Second whistle players will up down and 45 degrees up field where the coach points. The coach will point left or right. The following whistles will change the direction of the players still obtaining the 45 degrees up field. Once players hear a double whistle they are too sprint through the line of scrimmage completing drill.