Originally posted by ghostrider:
Originally posted by Overkill:
Originally posted by BobS:
I think this thread will be a good idea. Post football terms you don't understand and more knowledgeable members can provide answers. I hate to admit, I have watched football for over 40 years, played in High School and college (Linebacker), play Madden regularly and still don't understand all the defenses and how they work. I was an honor roll student in the classroom and "special ed" on the football field. So for starters could someone explain "zone blitz".
There are several variations of the zone blitz, but the basic tactic is to drop a pass rusher into coverage and blitz a player the offense expects to play coverage. It doesn't have to be a DE dropping & a LB blitzing. In a 3-4 it can be an OLB dropping & a safety blitz, etc, etc.
The idea is to confuse the OL and get the type of pressure on the QB usually associated with bringing an extra pass rusher while still rushing 4 players. That way you don't have to weaken your coverage on the backside and can still force an early/errant throw by the QB.
When you rush an extra guy (ie "blitz"), you are typically forced to play man coverage due to the numbers. A "zone blitz" allows you to keep enough players back to still play zone coverage.
Great idea for a thread.
My question is about "Zone Dog". My understanding (limited) is that a zone dog is a type of zone blitz which calls for the DT to be the one dropping into coverage. Is that right?
Different teams use different terminology, so different blitzes could both carry the term "Zone Dog" on different teams.
In my experience, "Dog" is usually a reference to a Safety, so I don't think the term is tied to a DT dropping necessarily. Most of the times I've heard "Zone Dog" it involves a middle blitz by one Safety (usually the SS).
In a 3-4 it can mean one MLB blitzes next to the Safety, while both OLB's drop into coverage. In a 4-3, somebody on the line usually drops into coverage. That could mean a DT drops or one DT could stunt outside while a DE drops.
The idea is still the same - to confuse the interior OL enough to let one of the blitzers get through.
Each different blitz is targeted at a different gap. Again (in my experience), "Zone Dog" refers to the targeted gap being an "A" gap and something like "Fire" refers to the targeted gap being a "B" gap. But somebody else may have learned completely different terms for blitzes targeting those gaps, even if the general idea is always the same.