33 Wham As A Zone Read Changeup
By FirstDown PlayBook on Oct 24, 2019

 
Sometimes the zone read key can be misleading for an offense if they dial up the play against the wrong defense. We often think of defensive pressure as a way to get home vs the pass but there are other advantages against the run game.

The pressure you are seeing below is called Nickel 33 Wham 3 Fire Zone in the FirstDown PlayBook Defensive Pressure section. Of course you can edit the defense and call it whatever fits your system. However, it is important to know that we fit all of these pressures up against multiple formations like 2×2, Bunch and Empty.

We know you will want to add your own coaching points but if you ever need a reference you can bank on the fact that every FirstDown PlayBook play, defense and special teams scheme has detailed coaching points like what you see below.

So if you are looking for a little wrinkle that can be used on your call sheet for first AND third down this one might be one to consider. Also keep in mind there’s plenty more where this one came from!

Nickel 33 Wham 3 Fire Zone

 

 

CALL SIDE END:
ALIGNMENT: 4 TECHNIQUE.
ASSIGNMENT: SLANT TO THE C GAP WITH EYES BACK INSIDE.
KEY: OFFENSIVE TACKLE TO TIGHT END IF ONE IS ALIGNED TO YOUR SIDE.
RUN: C GAP.
PASS: CONTAIN PASS RUSH

NOSE TACKLE:
ALIGNMENT: 0 TECHNIQUE.
ASSIGNMENT: SLANT INTO THE STRONG SIDE A GAP. READ THE GUARD’S BLOCK.
KEY: OFFENSIVE CENTER TO OFFENSIVE GUARD.
RUN: STRONG SIDE A GAP.
PASS: STRONG SIDE A GAP PASS RUSH.

AWAY SIDE END:
ALIGNMENT: 4 TECHNIQUE.
ASSIGNMENT: SLANT TO THE C GAP WITH EYES BACK INSIDE.
KEY: OFFENSIVE TACKLE TO TIGHT END IF ONE IS ALIGNED TO YOUR SIDE.
RUN: C GAP.
PASS: CONTAIN PASS RUSH

SAM LB:
ALIGNMENT: TIGHT END: 9 TECHNIQUE THEN STEM TO HIP.
NO TE: SHOW IN THE B GAP THEN PULL OUT TO COVERAGE LATE
KEY: TACKLE TO #3.
RUN TO: STACK THE END AND PLAY OFF OF HIM. RUN AWAY: A GAP TO SCRAPE.
PASS: PLAY HOOK #3. PASS KEY IS #3. CAN HELP WITH NEAR RECEIVER OR CROSSING ROUTES.

MIKE LB:
ALIGNMENT: STACK THE NOSE AND WALK UP TO THE LOS PRIOR TO SNAP. SELL STRONG BLITZ POTENTIAL.
ON THE SNAP WRAP THE WILL LB INTO THE B GAP.
KEY: PRESSURE SIDE TACKLE TO BALL.
RUN: B GAP.
PASS: B GAP PASS RUSH.

WILL LB:
ALIGNMENT: STACK THE DEFENSIVE END.
IF AWAY FROM THE NICKEL AND #2 IS DETACHED COVER DOWN EARLY AND CHEAT TO PRESSURE ALIGNMENT.
KEY: GUARD TO BALL
RUN: A GAP.
PASS: A GAP PASS RUSH.

NICKEL:
ALIGNMENT: INSIDE LEVERAGE ON #2 TO PASSING STRENGTH. KEY: #2
RUN TO: ATTACK #2 AND TAKE HIM TO THE BALL. WIN LATE WITH OUTSIDE LEVERAGE.
RUN AWAY: MAN TO CONTAIN TO PURSUIT ANGLE.
PASS: SEAM FLAT DROP & READ QB’S EYES.

SAFETY TO THE NICKEL:
ALIGNMENT: 8-10 YARDS DEEP HEAD UP TO INSIDE OF #2.
RUN: ALLEY INSIDE OUT.
PASS: DEEP MIDDLE THIRD.

SAFETY AWAY FROM THE NICKEL:
ALIGNMENT: 8-10 YARDS DEEP HEAD UP TO INSIDE OF #2. ROLL DOWN OVER #2 PRIOR TO SNAP.
KEY: #2.
RUN: ATTACK #2 & DEFEAT HIS BLOCK. KEEP OUTSIDE LEVERAGE ON #2 IF HE BLOCKS.
PASS: ROLL DOWN OVER #2 & SEAM FLAT DROP & READ QB’S EYES.

CALL SIDE CORNER:
ALIGNMENT: OUTSIDE LEVERAGE 7-9 YARDS OFF WR.
RUN TO: ATTACK THE BLOCKER AND WIN OUTSIDE LATE.
RUN AWAY: MAN TO CUTBACK TO PURSUIT ANGLE.
PASS: DEEP THIRD.

AWAY SIDE CORNER:
ALIGNMENT: OUTSIDE LEVERAGE 7-9 YARDS OFF WR.
RUN TO: ATTACK THE BLOCKER AND WIN OUTSIDE LATE.
RUN AWAY: MAN TO CUTBACK TO PURSUIT ANGLE.
PASS: DEEP THIRD.

NOTES:
-THE FRONT IS SET TO THE TIGHT END. IF THERE IS NO TIGHT END SET THE FRONT TO PASSING STRENGTH.
-THE NICKEL DB WILL LINE UP TO PASSING STRENGTH.
-THE PRESSURE WILL COME FROM THE WEAK SIDE.
-THE COVERAGE PLAYED IS 3 UNDER 3 DEEP.
-SAFETY ROTATION WILL BE AWAY FROM THE NICKEL BACK ALIGNMENT.
-SEAM FLAT DEFENDERS COLLISION ANY VERTICAL ROUTES AND ZONE OFF AT 10-12 YARDS.
-HOOK DEFENDER KEYS #3 RECEIVER IN THE LOW HOLE AREA.
-COVERAGE CAN BE PLAYED AS COVER 1.

 

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