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4 FIRE ZONE BLITZES FROM THE 3-4 “BLACK HOLE” DEFENSE

by Jared Van Acker
Freedom (South Riding) High School (VA)

This zone blitz scheme adds additional pressure to the offense but still remains solid with secondary coverage.

Traditionally, we have always been a multiple defensive system that morphs with the changes and tendencies of an opponent’s offense. Though I have transitioned from an odd (3-4, 5-2, and 5-3) or an even (4-3, 4-4) as a base core defense over the years, one thing remains the same – my defensive philosophy. That is, to attack my opponent’s offense, give multiple defensive looks, give multiple coverage looks, produce turnovers, and gamble on my opponent’s tendencies and make them do what they do not want to do. The game is one big chess match between the offense and defense and, as a defense, you may have to look ahead three moves!

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