Football 101: The zone blitz
Originally Published: October 14, 2004By Bob Davie | Special to ESPN Insider
It's rare to watch a football game these days without the analysts talking about the zone blitz. Every defensive team in college and professional football has an in-depth zone blitz scheme. This week's Football 101 break down the zone blitz. The zone blitz was started in the early '90s as a way to give the defenses a method to pressure offenses without the high risk of playing man-to-man coverages. Zone blitzes also are easy to disguise because they look like base zone coverage to the offense at the line of scrimmage.
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