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I'm no football guru, but I know some on here are, so I'll ask a question I've wondered before:
The zone read play being used a lot these days, and the way I understand it is the QB "reads" the DE to decide whether to hand it off to the RB, or to keep it himself. My question is, are there any defensive plays out there that are called when a coach suspects a zone read play that tell the DE which way to go in order to get the QB to send the play towards the defenders?
For instance, will a defensive coach clog up the middle and send the DE to the outside so that the QB will give the ball to the RB inside? Or conversely, will the DE go inside with the linebackers, safety, etc. coming on the outside to bottle up the QB?
Hope someone will more knowledge than me can answer and/or make fun of me.
The whole idea of the play is to get numbers in a misdirection run game. The misdirection is the read the QB makes off of what the UNblocked DE does. If the DE crashes down to stop the RB then the QB takes it wide. (UA has been doing a different variant where the RB goes around end and the QB goes up the middle) If the DE checks the back then the QB has to pull it out and run. Really simple play but forces the DE to slow down and read the play.
Hope that helps
This post was edited by RTR 65 18 months ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekf3RGWwqMQ is a really nice overview of the zone read from Oregon's perspective and why it works so well for them and what it ultimately sets up.
Nice! Thanks for the link.
Nice link. RTR
A defense could put in a play as you mentioned and hope to guess right, BUT if they are wrong it could cost them a touchdown. Say for instance your example of the DE crashing in and having the safeties and LBs fill in, a majority of teams that have this offense have a zone read pass. So assuming everything went as planned with the example, the TE will release as a hot receiver that looks like a blocker, he would be behind the defense after 5 to 7 yards away from the LOS and untouched after the quick pass to him for 6. It's nearly impossible to have a gimmick defensive play to stop a gimmick offensive play because there's far to many things that could go badly wrong compared to positive.
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