` Bringing pressure is a must if you want to create negative plays. You can do this with cover 1 pressures or you can play cover 0. Cover 0 may seem scary, but if you have well defined rules that adjust to any formation, cover 0 is an excellent tool. You cannot be afraid to bring pressure when it is needed!
The blitz I am going to detail is what I call “Smoke”. I learned this package from a couple of great coaches in the state of Georgia, and they run this call 25 – 30% of the time. This is a packaged blitz that has very defined rules that allow your players to key in on their assignment and play without thinking.
Smoke is a field pressure that is illustrated below:
The field end and nose slant to the boundary and the boundary end plays a tight base technique where he spills all pullers and performs a bull rush versus the pass. The Sam is a spill blitzer to the field and the Will is a contain blitzer to the boundary. The Mike has the Tailback man to man. The Stud ($) is a contain blitzer to the field. The Corners are in man to man on #1, the Adjuster (A) is man on #2 to the boundary / #3 to the field and the Free Safety (FS) is man on #2 to the field or #3 to the boundary.
This is what Smoke looks like versus 3x1:
Versus Empty the Spur gives an “I’m Gone” call and the Sam becomes a contain rusher. You can also blitz the Mike if you still want a 6 man pressure.
Here is what Smoke looks like versus empty:
This pressure can also be called to a tight end and that is referred to as “Gator”. That concept is illustrated below:
The Adjuster takes the Tailback and the Mike takes the fullback, but everyone else remains the same. This is the beauty of the Smoke blitz! It is a simple package that is sound versus every formation and it allows your players to play fast so you can take the offense by surprise.
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