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© December, 2011
Zone Blitz Read it for Success

by Ben Bullock
Defensive Coordinator Hartwick College

Our base package at Hartwick College is a 4-2-5 alignment which allows us to be multiple, but simplistic for our players. With the flexibility of our 4-2-5 attack, we can zone blitz from a 4-3, a 4-4, and a 3-4 alignment with the same terminology and keys. The system allows us to be successful with different levels of abilities and skill sets. We normally are not the largest defense in the conference, but our zone blitz system puts our players in attack mode and forces bigger teams to chase us with uncertainty. With our long-stick and blitz read technique, we were able to lead the Empire Eight conference in sacks during the 2009 season.

Our system allows us to be aggressive, but limit big plays often given up in man coverage. We feel this is the best way to attack the decision maker ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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