Switch verticals was one of the go to concepts that Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell used in his game plans throughout the season. There are multiple uses for this concept versus any type of coverage. With the switch releases you can get a rub/pick effect for the slot receiver (F). Another advantage you create with switch verticals is allowing your X receiver to work in the seam, instead of the outside. As you can see from the diagram below the outside receiver (X) releases inside and is the seam reader who has multiple route adjustments based on the coverage.
Sluggo seam is another of the tried-and-true staples of the west coast offense. Former Bengals offensive coordinator, and now current Redskins head coach Jay Gruden stole a page from his brother Jon Gruden’s playbook, utilizing the sluggo seam concept to beat the Steelers for a big play on Monday Night Football in week 2 of this past season.
The 1997 Michigan defense was one of the best in college football history. Led by the only primarily defensive player to ever win the Heisman Trophy in Charles Woodson and coordinated by Jim Herrmann, the 97 defense paved the way for the first national championship for Michigan in 50 years.
The 97 Michigan defense was a multiple 4-3 scheme. Under, over & odd fronts were all a part of the defensive package, allowing Michigan to play a 1 or 2 gap technique with their defensive line. The coverages were mostly of the Cover 6-Cover 4 variety, but there were also some single high coverages with Cover 3 and Cover 1 rat.
It was a complete defense at every level. Some of the statistical achievements included a Division 1 record for fewest yards per completion (8.8), and leading the Big 10 in total defense (222.8 yards per game) and scoring defense (9.5 points per game.)
The 97 Michigan defense also had a knack for making impact plays in the biggest games. Whether it was an acrobatic interception or enforcer hits that set the tone.
The Seahawks primarily utilize a zone blocking scheme in their running game. Today I’m going to show how they mesh the zone run with their play action bootleg game, specifically play action Y Cross.
I’ll start with the zone run game first. Here in the second quarter versus the 49ers in week 14 the Seahawks call an outside zone play to the left to Marshawn Lynch.
The Seahawks are the number one defense in the NFL this season. Points have been hard to come by for opposing offenses, especially in the passing game against the best secondary in the league. The Colts put up a season high 34 points vs Seattle and were able to do so attacking with some staples of exploiting Cover 3 defenses.
The first concept is a three level passing concept also known sail. This concept features a three level flood of a third of the field. As you can see below, you have deep, middle & short options outside the hash mark that attempt to create a 3 on 2 situation for the offense.
The Colts run the three level concept out of a condensed bunch formation.