"How you handle the blitz usually dictates how much you're going to get. Or better stated, the worse you are at blocking the Blitz, the more Blitzing you are going to see"
In other words CCFL....if you can't block pressure, expect to see it a whole lot all season.
Motion the FB, TE, WR, HB to create better blocking schemes and overload your opposition. Use motion to misdirect and counter away for big gains vs the teams that like to slide with motion.
Use motion to improve your pass protection scheme and limit those sacks. Use Motion to double - team opposing stars and limit their effectiveness. Use motion to flood zones or control pass routes in a way that optimizes your success throwing the ball.
The purpose of this article is to share with coaches how to use Motion with your offense. In my scheme, I use motion on both run and pass plays. I use it with the pass to get the defense out of position, to compliment my pass routes, or to bring in an extra blocker. In my run game, I use TE & FB motion to pick up the blitz, to provide an overload blocking, or to misdirect. I motion my WR's to crack back block or kickout backside. All of these forms of motion can really serve as great tools for picking up those Blitz happy defenders on the other side. More over, as you come to understand the game more and learn to identify the schemes you are facing, you can manipulate and hurt those schemes and create both big play opportunities and consistent drives. The key is having an offense that can have success against all schemes. Most defenses Blitz all the time because the average Offensive coach has no idea how to scheme against it. Most coaches that are unfamiliar with how to handle pressure just simply hope to hit and miss away from the attacking blitz scheme. More often than not, unless the offense is lucky on its play calling, the defense will win that battle. This article is one coaches scheme based on the use of motion to combat the "Blitz Attack".......
The Run Game:
Motion may very well be best used in the run game. Season after season I have implemented it in my scheme and I'm almost always among the leagues most productive rushing attacks. I credit that largely to scheme over players abilities. Motion is the heart of the rushing attack that I implement in my online football attack (9 years) and in my real life coaching duties (21 years). Some of the ways motion can be used specifically challenges those coaches that want to blitz often. As you know, many coaches use the blitz to cover up their lack of understanding on how to properly defend without the blitz. In other words, they use the blitz to overwhelm their opponent play after play in hopes of creating turnovers, loss of yardage,general disruption, etc. Some of the ways motion can be used to hurt the Blitz Attack are:
If you are facing a coach that consistently brings pressure on the outside from his SS, FS, or OLB; it is easy to hurt him with a run game that implements motion.
For example, Lets say the defense is bringing Blitz pressure over the RT most of the time. Motioning a FB or TE (onside or backside) out to the RG-RT area can be very effective for picking up the Blitz. You can have your motion man pick it up or let him lead through the hole and create a wide gap for your runner to sprint through. You may be surprised to hear that the game understands the mathematical problem that a blitz brings. It understands that there may be 3 defenders and only 2 blockers. The game "adjusts" when you bring in that motion player. It has them then pick up assignments based on where he is when you snap the ball (most of the time anyhow).
Some of my longest runs have come when coaches jump into a 4-6 or 4-4 or stunt a SS in an attempt to stop the run. If you use the motion correctly, you can pick it all up and still not only average 4-5 yards per carry, but you can also pop some huge gains. When you snap the ball, in terms of using motion is also a key part in the system. Learning how the defenses work and what their weaknesses are is key to implementing this system. Timing it so that you are picking up the right defenders with the right blockers is an art that you'll have to practice in order to master it.
You can also hurt that same SS or OLB blitz by motioning your WR's in to crack-back block on the blitz or by motioning them across the formation so that they can kick out the defender. In my system, I use each and everyone of the types of motion mentioned several times a game when facing a blitz team.
Here is a breakdown of a specific game I played in recently and how I attacked the team I played. They had a tendency to blitz their OLB over the RT of my offense. Play after play I noticed the pressure coming in there. So here's how I dealt with it.
I went to my various I packages, such as true "I" Two TE Wing I, etc and began running away from the Blitz. The play I chose to make my base play in this case was the old "Iso" or "Blast" play that is so popular from the I formation. I ran it using all of the variations that I just mentioned. After running left 7-8 plays in a row, ranging from Blasts, to Dives, to Sweeps, I found myself having moved from inside my 10 yard line to around my 35. Then from 1st and 10 I went on a 4 play combo for the Big TD.
- One Play # 1 I line up in a Weak, offset I. That means TE was left, FB was offset on the Right. The play was a Blast left. I lined up...saw the blitz coming over my RT, motioned my FB to the leftside between LG and LT, snapped the ball....8 yard pick up. The Blitz came over the RT way too late to effect the play, because the Offense had the Defense outnumbered on the LT side, and easily and quickly opened a nice hole for the RB.
- On Play #2, I line up in the same formation, but call the Blast to the Right, motioning my TE this time across the formation to kick out the Blitzing OLB. Again, the Defense stays put (no shifting) and they are out-manned at the point of attack on the Blitz side. The TE picks up the Blitzing OLB, the FB picks up the MLB, and the RG - RT take out the DT and DE on that side. The RB ran through a huge hole and breaks the tackle at about 10 yards of the SS, and eventually after 21 yards gets tackled.
Now the defense decides to shift to where ever i motion with its DL or LB's...
- On Play #3, I line up in a Wing I formation with 2 TE's, and run a power Blast right at his Leftside (no motion...quick snap) for a small 3 yard gain.
- On Play #4, I again use the same formation, and motion my FB across to the left, yet still run the same RT side Blast minus the FB. The Defensive line slides to the left with the FB motion, leaving only the DE on the Right side and the Blitzing OLB on the RT to bock. The RG and RT easily pick them up, The RB sprints through another big hole, and this time its a 30 plus yard TD run as he makes the SS miss and out runs the rest!
Last edited by DOLFANMIKE; 01-31-2012 at 03:16 PM.