How To Attack A Discipled Non-Blitzing Defense
Posted 31 October 2011 - 09:15 AM
We are playing our championship game this weekend and are facing a team that is very disciplined, runs a 2-3 defense and does not blitz. We have scored on them in the 2 previous games but both times I have a hard time moving the ball. We have a decent QB but not to the point of the obvious answer which is throw deep. We end up with several 7 second calls, and our run game has not produced much either straight ahead or misdirection.
I have thought of very delayed handoffs, like 5 second delays, or also handing off to my QB so he can run/throw, which would at least make their defense react instead of sitting back.
Anyone have any ideas on overall strategies? I am not asking for plays as much as gameplan ideas.
Posted 31 October 2011 - 11:11 AM
Posted 31 October 2011 - 11:53 AM
How does this team defend runs right up the middle? On a pass play what kind of drops do they take?
In general if the other team was giving me time to let plays develop, I'd let them develop. I'd use elaborate misdirections and routes. I'd place my QB under center and have him standing right on the los making passes. I'd run delayed handoffs too.
Give me some more info so I can be more specific.
Posted 03 November 2011 - 06:22 AM
Most of my playbook and practices has focused on quick action to take the rush out of the picture, but this team throws a wrench in it. I only have one practice left to put anything new in place, but will work in delayed HO and long crosses behind the defenders.
THanks for the help.
Posted 03 November 2011 - 10:15 AM
We ran the ball up the middle and they would bring those up front guys hard to cut it off.
Then I ran the same play and faked the handoff which baited those up front guys in. My WRs stepped 1 yard past the los and moved towards the sidelines and was wide open. After the fake, the QB turned and threw over the defenders head for an easy pass and catch. It was a 1 yard pass but he had all kinds of room to run. Then it was one-on-one with the WR and the safety. Make the one kid miss and you have 6 points.
I'd go back to the up the middle handoff every once in a while to keep them honest. Eventually they'd bring the safety down or perhaps the safety would cheat down anticipating my sideline short pass. This is where it got fun. Fake the handoff then run a pump and go with the WR.
Posted 03 November 2011 - 10:19 AM
Posted 04 November 2011 - 04:46 PM
They kept their front two a little tighter than what yours sounds like, but they were wide enough we could run up the middle. They relied on their back three, who played tight to pick up the run.
On pass plays, they relied on the blitz, if sent, or the outside guys in the back to cover the edges. They left the middle up to the nose to drop back.
One thing we did score on against them was a misdirection pass sort of play.
We set up in a balanced formation. We ran the LWR on a slant to the middle and the center ran a slant toward the right sideline. The RB ran a wide toward the right sideline, as well.
We had the RWR take a couple steps forward then run towards the middle of the field, parallel to the line of scrimmage. The QB would roll to the right toward and as he and the RWR passed, he would flip the ball to him.
If they were blitzing, the blitzer changed directions and followed the QB who rolled right away/ We got the ball out quick enough that the WR caught it underneath the blitz and in stride. He would cut up field with only one guy to beat and the whole left side of the field to work with.
If they didn't blitz it was the same idea, he just had a foot race to the sideline. Bare minimum, it was good for decent yardage, regardless.
It might help to run a similar play before somethign like that, to set it up.
We used a very similar design, only having the center run a drag right at the line and the RWR holding. We had the QB looking at the center the whol time and the center calling for the ball. At the last second the QB drops the ball down, without ecen looking and the RWR takes it.
The two usually worked pretty well together.
Posted 07 November 2011 - 06:50 AM
Thanks for the ideas guys, they did work, just didn't have the talent to make catches when they needed it.