Okay guys, I've heard a lot about BNR, 2 man under defenses. In all honesty, these defenses give me the most trouble, too. If you play against a defensive front with the likes of Peppers, Kearse, Freeney, Suggs and company, then this simple 4 man pass rush can give you headaches. So, the last few games I have been experimenting with some different routes. It turns out I have found some gems in some formations I haven't fully utilized. I play a lot with Green Bay so protection is always a problem, which means a lot of my passing game is quick developing. That said, I'll show you some ways to use motion and get the most out of this playbook.
Against BNR Man to Man (i.e. 46- 2 Man Under, 4-3- 2 Man Under)
The first set of plays focus on attacking man lock on. The defense is not attempting to disguise their defense... but they're gonna bump you and roam the field.
I-Form Twins: Curls
We are going to change virtually every route from this formation, but I pick this play because of the FB's flat route. *You may want to sub in your 2nd HB at FB, unless you have a fast FB.
1.) Hot route the SE (far left receiver) on a streak, put the SL receiver on a slant to the inside
2.) Motion the HB to the right, hot route on an In route.
*3.) The TE is the wildcard. We can put him on an in, out, streak, or leave him on his own route. I usually streak him (to pull coverage) or leave his route. You just want to be careful not to clog the middle, as we hit the SL's slant a lot of the time.
You will know the defense is in man lock if the two WRs have CBs on them, and someone is lined up in front of the HB to the far right. If no one is lined up on the HB, then put him on a hitch route and snap and throw.
Anyway, if the play is setup, this is what should happen: The SE should help pull coverage from the FS. If your opponent sells out underneath and tries to go towards the slant, then you can hit your SE deep on a 1 on 1 for an easy 6 points. The slant this year, IMO, is AWFUL against regular man coverage, but is EXCELLENT against BNR. The first thing I look at after the snap is what kind of position my SL receiver is in after the bump. If he gets inside position and there isn't a LB in the middle of the field, then the slant is there all day. Also, we want to examine why we put the HB out wide. Two reasons: 1.) To set a pick or "rub" for the FB's flat route, 2.) To allow us to run the FB Dive from time to time. The FB should free up nicely when the HB's defender rubs with the FB's defender.
This is a basic play. If the defense sells out and tries to get you underneath, then take them out with the deep ball. Streaks KILL BNR this year. Slants KILL BNR this year. Using motion in this play helps open up a flat route. Rocket science? Nope. But neither is 2 Man Under + BNR.
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