Monster Blitz out of the 4-3 Under Defense

The Monster Blitz out of the 4-3 Under Defense is very easy to install and it works very well against off-tackle plays. This blitz utilizes a gap exchange by the blitz side defensive end (DE) and the Middle Linebacker (M). Gap exchange means that the DE and M are switching gap responsibility once the ball is snapped. This generates blocking confusion for the offensive line. The 4-3 Defense is a defense that is very diverse and it allows you to use the safeties in a variety of different ways.

Monster Blitz out of the 4-3 Under Defense | Youth Football

N: A-gaps (two gap nose guard)

DT: B-gap.

RE: Backside contain.

LE: Slant B-gap, dip and rip.

M: Creep up, blitz C-gap. Once the QB begins his cadence the (M) needs to start creeping up. You don’t want him to show where he is blitzing.

S: Blitz off of the edge, contain.

W: Read step, secure C-gap, then pursuit to the ball carrier. Pass, hook to curl.

SS: Read step, secure C-gap. Support on sweep.  Pass, blitz side flat or take away ‘hot’ throw.

FS: Deep middle 3rd.

CB: Deep 3rd.

CB: Deep 3rd.

Coaching Points

  • Play-side defensive end must ‘dip and rip’ through the offensive tackle when he is slanting to the B-gap. He can’t slant himself out of the play or get washed down.
  • You can play either zone or man to man coverage behind this blitz. The two safeties give you several different coverage options.
  • Against run heavy teams you can walk down the SS and have him play linebacker. This will give you a strong box (8 defenders).
  • This blitz is best executed to the strength of the offense’s formation.
  • This is a great blitz against off-tackle plays.
  • The (M) must creep up to the line of scrimmage once the QB begins his cadence. He doesn’t show blitz pre-snap, but once the cadence begins he starts coming up. He can’t blitz from 4-5 yards off the line of scrimmage.
  • The (M) must attack the B-gap and take on any lead blocks. Shock and shed the lead blocker.

(See Also) 4-3 Defense System for Youth Football 

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