Attacking the Defense with the Slot Jet Sweep Series

The Jet Sweep is the perfect tool for deception. It puts an immediate threat on the edge of the defense that forces them to react and adjust if they don’t want to allow one of the fastest players on the field get to the edge. The effect of the defense adjusting to this motion is almost always to open an inside run, as long as the offense is in a position to take advantage of it.

Slot Jet Sweep Series

Slot Jet Sweep 
Attacking the Defense with the Slot Jet Sweep Series

The Slot Jet Series all begins with the Jet Sweep. When we run Slot Jet we will have the line block Power to the jet side. This will have the effect of pulling the play-side linebacker forward if he is making the correct reads. We have the play-side running back use the Arch technique to block the outside shoulder of the C Gap Player to ensure that the jet sweep man can get to the edge. The backside running back will mesh across the Quarterbacks face to set up future plays.

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Slot Jet Power

Slot Jet Sweep Series Power The next play in the series is for when the C Gap Player is jumping out to stop the Jet Sweep. The Arch technique can be difficult if the C Gap Defender is going hard towards the Jet Sweep. To make life easier on this block we will run Power to the same side as the Jet. This means that now instead of blocking the outside shoulder of the C Gap Player the play-side running back will block the inside shoulder to allow the runner to get inside of him. If the C Gap Player is running up field for the Jet Sweep this becomes an easy block.

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Slot Jet Counter 

Slot Jet Series Counter

The next play in the series comes when the defense is over adjusting for the Jet Sweep and Power. When the Safeties are rotating to add an extra defender to the Jet side or the backside linebacker is making a tackle on the Power it is time to run Counter. For Counter the backside Guard will be pulling and kick the C Gap defender while the backside running back will hug tight to the wall and lead up on the linebacker. If the linebackers are over adjusting to the sweep this could be a situation where there is no linebacker and the running back is blocking a Safety. The backside running back will get the ball by coming across the face of the Quarterback, just like in previous plays. The only difference is that on his third step he will plant on his backside foot and run the counter to the backside.

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Series based offense has its roots back in the old University of Delaware Wing-T. The concept of the offense is that if the defense is going to adjust to the base play they will open themselves up to a different play in the series. When the offensive play caller can develop a series and understands how to exploit the defensive adjustments, the defense is put in a difficult position.

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