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Bluffing Blake Bortles into an Interception

This post by the always-outstanding Jim Light motivated me to go back and look at some defensive film from the 2014 season, with the goal of locating some creative defensive schematics that led to turnovers.

The Jags game immediately came to mind as the defense picked off Blake Bortles three times, including two by Tashaun Gipson.  His second interception caught my eye as Jim O’Neil’s used a combination of offensive tendency via film study, a blitz bluff, and solid back-end coverage to confuse Blake Bortles into his second interception of the afternoon.

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Beating Quarter’s “Box” Check out of the Bunch

Over the course of the 2014 season the Raiders often threw out of a “bunch” alignment in the read zone. I thought this play was interesting because it illustrates a very creative way to defeat a common Cover 4 (Quarters) “check” to a bunch formation, the “box” call.

A “box” call is a 4 over 3 coverage.  The “box” check is a pattern-matching zone in which each defender begins the play with a zone that converts to man as the WR’s distribute.  The DB’s must read the WR’s release at the LOS and decide if they are releasing inside/outside, and man-it from there.

Here is good illustration of the “box” alignment from JamesLightFootball.com (Jim’s site is a “must check” every day for my fellow film junkies):

If an offensive player doesn’t enter the defender’s zone, he will “zone off” and look to bracket anything close.

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