Of course the middle is always a good way to strike at a spread out zone. The other thing that comes to mind immediately is to overload or flood the zone. Basically placing more receivers than defenders in an area. Here's a simple example. 2 receivers right, 1 left and the center, qb. One right receiver goes long taking the safety deep. The other right receiver does a down and out and then holds near the sideline. The left receiver stays left between the safety and corner effectively tying up both defenders. Now the center goes about 5 yards and makes a right. The safety was previously taken long. Now the corner has to cover the center who is coming into his zone and the receiver sitting near the sideline. If they work off each other there is no way the corner can cover both. The safety can't leave the guy deep. You could also run this play with 3 receivers on the same side.
I coach 11-14 year olds.
Any coaches have any Ideas on how to beat a 2-1-2 Defense???We've had a lot of issues trying to beat this.We went to the middle but they stopped blitzing so we just couldn't move the ball.Any help?
Another thing depends on how close the corners play off the los. If they give a lot of cushion throw a quick pass to the receiver and let him try to run outside. This play also sets up a double pass and/ or a hook and lateral.
Also try to run a lateral pass or pitchout to a running back who has the option to pass or run. If he can get to one side or another really quickly the defenders on that side have to come up to make the flag pull or stay in coverage. A good quick decision by the ball carrier can yield a big gain. Ie, throw if the defense comes in, run if they stay in coverage. If there are also a couple of receivers on that side, one deep and one medium, someone should be open. Do that a few times and then you could even throw back to the qb.
We tried to flood one zone and it didnt work...We just need to practice it more because thats what we will do to them next time.But we had no luck making that adjustment during the game.I knew exactly how to flood a zone.The kids just couldn't run the right routes.
We definitely will give that shot next time
Those little lateral and pitchouts just don't work against that team.They are way too fast lol...