Strong Safety Blitz out of the 3-3 Stack Defense

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The Strong Safety Blitz out of the 3-3 Stack Defense is designed to attack the offense from the wide side of the field. You can also execute this blitz to the strong side of the offense’s formation. Pre-snap, the defense will show a 2-high look then once the QB begins his cadence, the strong safety (SS) rolls down. This blitz is very difficult to block and the slanting defensive linemen will give you a free rushing linebacker.

Strong Safety Blitz out of the 3-3 Defense

Strong Safety Blitz out of the 3-3 Stack Defense

N: Slant blitz side A-gap. If you have a nose guard that can 2-gap that will free up your middle backer (M) to run to the ball carrier.

RE: Slant B-gap. Dip and Rip.

LE: Slant B-gap. Dip and Rip.

M: A-gap, pursuit to the ball carrier.

R: C-gap, then pursuit.

L: Maintain stack, creep up as QB begins cadence, blitz C-gap.

B: Secondary contain, read and react. Flat zone on pass.

FS: Roll to middle of the field, deep middle 3rd coverage.

SS: Pre-snap, stay in a 2-high look. Once the QB begins his cadence, roll down and blitz off of the edge. If there is a WB (as drawn up) he will blitz the gap between the WB and the Y. If there is no WB, he will blitz off of the edge.

CB: Deep 3rd.

CB: Deep 3rd.

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Coaching Points 

  • Defenders must maintain their base pre-snap alignment until the QB begins his cadence. This will ensure that the offense can’t get a pre-snap read. Make the offense have to react, rather then give them time to recognize the blitz (pre-snap).
  • This blitz needs to be execute to either wide side of the field or to the strength of the offense’s formation.
  • You have the option to play man to man coverage behind the blitz as well.

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