New York Giants: 5 creative ways to rush the passer

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Jul 24, 2014; Owings Mills, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens secondary/assistant head coach Steve Spagnuolo speaks with the defensive backs during practice at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

1. Creative Zone Blitzes

If you have been keeping score at home, you know there are two methods of pass rushing that I love for the Giants. We are either creating a numbers advantage or we are creating hesitation. The zone blitz allows us to do both of these things.

Say you want to play a cover three defense but you don’t want it to look like cover three. Here is what you do. You line up the defense as if it was cover two. The free safety then could blitz, and the strong safety would take the deep middle third. This is backwards of the traditional cover three look. Or perhaps you could make your nickel back drop to the deep third and blitz both safeties. In both examples you have three deep zones but you create potential confusion by switching up roles. You also create pressure with extra blitzing.

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