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Defending the Zone Read Play

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© August, 2009

by Joe Daniel
Defensive Coordinator, Prince George High School (VA)

One of the most popular plays in football today is the zone read.  Spread Offensive teams will try to create confusion among the defense by bringing the tailback into a mesh with the quarterback, drawing the attention of the linebackers.  But the QB reads the weak-side defensive end as he is in the mesh, and decides whether to keep the ball or give the ball to the tailback. 

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