Defense – Blitz and Stunt Blitzkrieg

Another youth football coach and I were emailing each other recently about the Spin offense and he asked me about what defense I use for my Pee Wee football team.  I told him that we run a 6-2 Wide Defense as our base defense, and we have 20 different blitzes, stunts and adjustments packages.  The coach could not believe we have so many blitzes and stunts. 

My 6th grade little league football team has been together for three years, and we have developed and learned these blitz packages over that time.  In the 6-2 Wide package, the DG have A gaps, DTs have C gaps, DE contain and LBs are responsible for the B gaps.  In the 6-2 tight, the gap responsibilities flip for the LBs and DTs. 

Here’s a quick list of our Blitzkrieg out of these two 6-2 schemes.

  Name Defense Blitz / Stunt Responsibilities
1 Base 6-2 Wide DTs C gap, LBs B gap
2 Rabbit 6-2 Tight DTs B gap, LBs C gap
3 Air 5-2 Pass DG sub for SS, DG to NG
4 Cobra (R/L) 6-2 Wide LB blitz C, DT to B, DG to B
5 Bomber (R/L) 6-2 Wide LB blitz B gap
6 Maniac 6-2 Wide WLB blitz A gap, DG to B
7 Maniac Twins 6-2 Wide Both LBs to A Gaps, DGs to B
8 Tango 6-2 Tight Both LBs Blitz each Sweep Lane, DEs to C/D
9 Double Whopper 6-2 Tight Both LBs Blitz D (strong or weak side call)
10 Crazy 6-2 Wide CB blitz from outside in sweep lanes
11 Crazy Too 6-2 Wide Both CBs Blitz from outside in sweep lanes
12 Snake 6-2 Wide Safety Blitz A Gap
13 Raider 6-2 Wide All out gap blitz except Safety
14 Stack 6-2 Wide LBs stack behind DTs, tap DT butt for blitz hole
15 Jewel Protect 6-2 Tight LBs blitz C Gaps
16 Slant 6-2 D-line slants to call
17 Rover 6-2 WLB blitz gap call
18 Mike 6-2 MLB blitz gap call
19 OK 6-2 Tight DE, CB, WLB blitz D / sweep lane
20 Double Cross 6-2 Tight LBs and DEs flip responsibilities
21 Gap 4 6-2 Wide LB to D, DE to C, DT to B, DG to A
22 Dog Cross 6-2 Wide WLB – A, DG – B, DT – D, DE – C, CB – Contain

We run man coverage and if it is an obvious pass formation and play, the blitz will be called off if the CB or Safety are involved in the blitz call. 

This may seem like a lot.  But I looked over my offense last year and we had 30 plays.  Why should defense be any different?  The kids were able to pick up the defense pretty easy.  But I did learn, that I could not call a double blitz like Crazy Left and Cobra Right.  They were unable to process a double blitz.  I also tried to combine blitzes into one call and they hit overload.  In the blitzes above there is one main blitzer, either the LBs, DEs or DBs.  I am hoping the DT and DG just stuff the line and let my playmakers make the plays.  So, even though this seems like a lot.  I am really hoping the playmaker I move makes the tackle. 

Also, this has worked for us because my players learned that if you do your responsibility in a Blitz you make a huge tackle.  They started telling me what blitzes to run at the end of the season.  And you know, they were right most of the time. 

Also, we do not run all 20 in a game.  Base on our scouting, we will practice and review 5 or so packages.  We also did not install all 20 at once.  We ran 10 of these over the last two years and added more this year.  We installed one or two new blitzes each week based on the scouted offense. 

One of the best memories of this defensive season was when I overheard a coach that we just beat telling a group of other coaches scouting another game that we play sand lot defense.  He said our players were all over the place.  He could not tell what defense we were running.  We had a top 3 defense in our league.   I love it. 

I have written before about expectations.  If you set high expectations or goals you can always move back.  I set high expectations this year and learned the back off point on defense but we still learned more than I really anticipated. 

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5 responses to “Defense – Blitz and Stunt Blitzkrieg

  1. Dax Anderson

    What do u do when u have kids that dont want to block and only have 19 kids ?

  2. Dax Anderson

    And they r 6- 7 years old

  3. explain to me what scheme can you run against a passing scheme? a zone blitz or a regular blitz scheme

    • At the level we play, we still play the run first since our age group usually runs. But on passing downs I do move one of our dguard to a strong safety. Most of the time I will blitz my outside DEs /OLBs and pinch pocket. I do like Zone blitzes but not ready for my age group.

      Thanks
      Coach Parker
      Keller Tx

  4. Dave

    The 6-2 defence is my favourite defence for youth football. Its a pressure defence that forces the offence into mistakes,has good contain and covers all the gaps in the box. Very hard to run against! The only down fall is that when they do get through its usually for a significant gain. Your safetys have to be strong football players!

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