Effective Pressure Checks to B.O.B. Protection

Oct 12, 2014 | Defense, Pressure

By Mike Kuchar

Senior Research Manager

X&O Labs

 

 

Editor’s Note:  The following research is part of our full-length special report on developing a pressure check system, which can be found in its entirety by clicking here.

 

 

Attacking Man/BOB Protection

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Man protection is typically referred to B.O.B. or “big on big” protection. It can be difficult to attack, particularly if an offense has two backs in protection, making it a seven-man concept.  It becomes difficult to get a free hitter.  We’ve found that most coaches prefer to use some sort of Gut, or double A gap pressure, to attack man protection schemes.  While there are certain checks that defensive coaches use to attack this protection, Kuchinski’s answer has been to use a combination of twists by bringing linebackers.  In his system, Spider is a man beater that allows the ILB to the pressure to come free.  “We can run this out of many fronts but we need at least a three-technique to the side of the blitz so he can draw the attention of the OG to fan out on him, thus allowing an A gap entry point.”  In Spider, the OLB pressures off the edge getting to the up field number of the QB while the three-technique to the side of the pressure has a vertical B gap rush. “Our nose is a Bull ‘n Pull guy away from the pressure. The DE away from the pressure is a Stab player and is responsible for speed to power collapsing the pocket and up field shoulder of the QB. The ILB to the pressure bubbles in the C gap with his inside foot forward and has a read tech on the OT. As the ILB takes his step if the OT works out to him he stays tight off the vertical 3 tech and works to the A gap coming free (Diagram 96).  If the OT works down on the 3 tech he comes off the edge staying inside of the back (Diagram 97).

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