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How an Offense Can Beat a Defense in American Football

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Selecting an offense versus a zone blitz.

When facing a defense that blitzes a lot off the corner (linebackers or safeties coming from either wide side of the line of scrimmage against your offensive tackles), the offense should align with two tight ends in order to help pass-protect. To beat a zone blitz with a passing attack, the offense must find its opponent’s weakest defender in the passing game (be that cornerback, safety, or linebacker).

The quarterback must throw to the side opposite where the defense is overloaded (has more players). For example, if the defense positions four players to the quarterback’s left, as shown in the preceding figure, the quarterback should throw to his right. But the offense must still block the side from which the defense is attacking.

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