June '21 Blitz of the Month
North Dakota's Odd Stay Lynx 6 Safety (Weak Rotation)
The PESO package is an excellent way for Odd Front teams to get into a four-down look without subbing multiple players off the bench. Normally, a 3-4 defense will take the Nose out and sub in a Nickel Sam or CB to play the Slot. Odd Front teams can get into a plethora of hybrid alignments from this package while appearing to be in a 4-2-5.
In the title image above, North Dakota aligned in what I refer to as ODD “STAY.” The verbiage tells the front four to align in a 505 with the boundary DE in a 9 technique. The image shows the boundary EDGE in a tilted alignment as well. He is responsible for the TE and adds to the illusion of a “passive” front. The boundary shift is an easy adjustment from the Peso package, with one of the DEs aligning as the “Zero” Nose and the other as the 5 tech. to the boundary - slide the front to the boundary.
The Fighting Hawks will run a Fire Zone pressure that utilizes the Will and the CB in the clip below. A Fire Zone is a 3-Under/3-Deep pressure that plays similar to a standard Cover 3 minus one player (5-man pressure). I call this pressure LYNX (“cats” mean the CB is going).
UND will use a traditional Fire Zone path as well. As the boundary 5 tech. works into the box, the Will inserts off the LT and into the B-gap. Had the LT chased the 5 tech., the Will would have worked off his backside and down the heel line. The CB is on a CRASH path and will play the role of contain.
With the Jack aligned near the line of scrimmage (LOS), the offense is not tipped off to the pressure from the CB. In the Fire Zone coverage, the Jack is the “Wall-2” defender (Seam), while the BS will take the vertical of #1. With the RB pushing to the field, the Ni and the Mike will both expand. Since the offense can only release five players on routes, the defense can match basic coverage principles with only six dropping into coverage. The FS will close the middle of the field (MOF) because the BS has to take #1.
The pressure works because of the movement from the 5 tech. In 5-man protection, most offenses will slide one way or the other. In the clip, the Salukis appear to work back in umbrella protection similar to Big-on-Big (BoB). With the boundary DE diving inside, the LT tracks him until the Will appears. Once the LT latches on to the Will, there is no one to pick up the CB. UND used a simple overload pressure that brought an untraditional blitzer to max out their scheme. On 2nd & Long in a two-minute drill, SIU probably wasn’t expecting a CB blitz. Nice, timely pressure by the Fighting Hawks.
Regardless of an Odd or Even front base, this pressure is a great way to get the CB involved. This pressure can easily translate to a four-down by stabbing and dropping the boundary DE to the blitz side. The key is to engage the OT before the DE swipes the “X” or drops into the Seam - the fits are identical. The insert by the Will almost guarantees the OT won’t see the CB pressure too. For Southern Illinois, pushing the RB to the field was a devastating choice - there was no one to pick up the CB.
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