The offense, itself, is actually quite simple. The Oline only has to distinguish between two types of defenses (odd or even) and any subset of that classification (base or stack). This helps maintain simplicity in blocking assignments and run keys. The offensive line is further aided by the no-huddle, unrelenting tempo of the offense, which usually forces defenses to play more conservative base looks.
"The first thing we look at is formations and how our formations affect the opposing defense......The last thing we look for is match-ups and how we can create favorable match-ups in our passing game through formations, motions, shifts, play actions, screens, etc." - excerpt from, thespreadoffense.com
If there are four down linemen;
- If there is no true MLB (2 ILBs) - it is an a base even front
- If there is a MLB - it is an even stack front
- If there is no true MLB (2 ILBs) - it is an a base odd front
- If there is a MLB - it is an odd stack front
- Any base even front = 8 man box. which puts you in a 1-high defense
- Any even stack front = 7 man box, which puts you in a 2-high defense
- Any odd stack front = 8 man box. which puts you in a 1-high defense
- Any base odd front = 7 man box, which puts you in a 2-high defense
The base run game is premised on inside and outside zone, with an ample saturation of some type of option threat and misdirection.
Breaking defenses with Inside Zone (with four theats)
Hand also shares the confidence of Gunter Brewer of attacking fire zones with the inside zone run. In fact, when running zone away from the blitz, it creates an even clearer picture for the back and an easier assignment for the Oline. The Oline just need to keep the slanting defensive linemen running (horizontally), which opens a clear vertical seam for the back. The Oline just has to run their defender off. With both read keys running, the back has an instant decision to press the gap and "bang it" vertically. If 1st read is running and 2nd read is running (as pictured), they back just bends it back once he presses the heels of the Oline.
- the back will either make him miss
- the back will run him over
- the safety is going to tackle the back
On inside zone again, watch as the displaced safety/backer to cover down on #2 gets removed from any cutback support. First, by alignment.
Second, by respecting the horizontal stretch of #2 on a bubble.
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