Designing Pressure To Defend 3×1 Open Formation Structures

Apr 26, 2014 | Defense, Pressure, 3-Deep 3-Under Zone Pressures

By Mike Kuchar

Senior Research Manager

X&O Labs


skyviewtackleEditor’s Note:  The following information is only part of XandOLabs.com special report on developing a blitz check system.  The entire three-case study can be accessed through the links below:


Blitz Checks Case 1:  Introduction and Protocols


Blitz Checks Case 2: Formation and Personnel Pressure Checks

Blitz Checks Case 3: Using Pressure Checks to Attacking Protections and Personnel 


Where to Attack

In 3x1 sets, Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster prefers to come from the boundary and mug the Mike. Yet, in 2x2 formations, Foster prefers to come from the field.  “In order to get a free hitter, we try to get four from a side,” Foster told us.  “ If they track their Center to us, we’ll plug in the Safety and it will turn into a man pressure sometimes. 

>> X&O Labs Members: Login here to continue reading

Join X&O Labs to Continue Reading...

Plus, get 4 FREE books!

When you join X&O Labs, you'll get instant access to the full-length version of this report — including access to everything in The LAB and Film Room. That’s over 4,000 reports and videos. Plus, if you join with a Staff Membership, you'll also receive 4 FREE books mailed directly to your home or office!