3 Deep/3 Under and/or 2 Deep/4 Under Coverages
When blitzing in your fire zone, how is the call made to the blitzers? Do you blitz gaps or position? Instead of the A gap, they blitz the guard. Learn how to attack the man and penetrate on the soft side. On the underneath zones, how do they determine their landmark or route the are covering? Are they set calls or adjustments made before snap on alignment?
Ours is predetermined...we don't want to simply plug gaps most of the time. We gap exchange often. So, if Mike is the blitzer and we want him to exchange with the Nose, we might call it MAN (or MINT or anything else with an 'M' and an 'N' in it). Exchange between the Will and Rush End, we might call it WAR or RAW.
Other predetermined paths have groups or categories...We may have our "Washington" blitzes, (Nose crosses center's face, 5 tech long sticks A gap with a blitzer off the edge). If we want it to be the Sam as the blitzer, we call "SEATTLE". If we want the Will as the blitzer, we call "WENATCHEE". If we want the blitzer to come from the side of the Running Back, we call "RICHLAND". If we want the blitzer to come from boundary, we call "BELLINGHAM". If we want the blitzer to come from the side of the Field, we call "FREEMAN". The DL has to know that any Washington City is their movement. The LB's have to know they blitz the edge if their city is called.
So, a call would be "Wide Bellingham". Sets the front to the wide side of the field (Even front, 3 tech to field). Nose and 5 tech long sticks A and the OLB to the boundary would be the edge blitzer. The Safeties are taught to play off of their OLB...So if the OLB/buddy is blitzing, the safety becomes the SCF player. If the OLB/buddy is not blitzing, the safety has deep middle 1/3. In this case, the $ to the boundary would have SCF and the $ to the field would have deep middle 1/3.
We teach our SCF players to match #2 inside shade until something crosses their face. Break on the off hand of the QB coming off of the ball. Our middle underneath player matches #3 until something crosses their face. Again, Break on the off hand of the QB coming off of the ball. I've never taught landmarks on the field to spot drop in zone, so I can only pass on a suggestion that I heard once (It was when Justin Wilcox, HC at Cal, former DC at Wisconsin, USC, UW, Tenn, when he was DC at Boise State...he said for lower age groups, he would have his SCF players drop to the top of the numbers (as long as they did not cross the face of a WR after five yards) and the middle player get to the hash of #3).
We try to have our pre-snap look be as close to a two high look (or zero from depth) as possible. If we get something crazy, we will tip off the cover guys, but not the blitzers, and have the cover guys adjust to where they need to be to execute their job, while being as close to their original alignment as possible.