Where did the Double A Gap Blitz start?
This week’s episode of The Football Coaching Podcast continues the deep dive look into individual play calls in football. We’re looking at some of the most popular calls in football today, and throughout the history of the game.
Each podcast looks at the origins of the call first, discovering where it came from. While blitzing the A gaps has probably been around since the first team ran a 40 front, the actual scheme is credited in Blood, Sweat and Chalk to Jim Johnson beginning in the late 1990’s.
There are a few other origins stories, but we’ll also credit Mike Zimmer for popularizing the blitz in the NFL over the last decade.
How to Run a Double A Gap Blitz
Each deep dive in Season 8 looks at the origins, how to run the call, and how to attack it. No different here. I’ll go in depth on how to incorporate a Double A Gap Blitz into your playbook this season.
I’ll explain how the blitz scheme is run in the NFL. But since we’re not coaching in the NFL, we’re also going to look at how to attack the A Gaps in High School and Youth Football to get maximum usage out of these concepts.
Taking Advantage of Interior Blitzes
When teams want to blitz you on the inside, you’ve got a few answers. Double A Gap blitzes offer some unique problems for your offense and we’ll solve those problems first. Then go on the attack with calls to take advantage of your opponent’s aggressiveness.
The first thing you have to do is adjust your protection (or change the launch point for the Quarterback). Unless you are comfortable with your running back picking up a Linebacker rushing free up the middle immediately, this is a critical first step.
This episode looks at both run plays and passing adjustments to take advantage of a heavy rush up the middle. This is a tough defensive call if you’re not ready, but get your team prepared and you can find some big opportunities.
Where to Go From Here?
Do you want to incorporate more Double A Gap Blitzes into your defense? The 4-2-5 Defense System is a great defense to start with.
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- Blood, Sweat and Chalk is a great book for anyone looking to research the history of football. It includes a chapter on the Double A Gap Blitz.
- This article gives a lot of credit to Mike Zimmer along with Paul Guenther. Jim Johnson is at least mentioned in the article, though.
- Attacking Blocking Schemes with Blitzes from Episode 180 of The JDFB Quick Clinic.
- To help your running backs stop the free rusher, check out this article on 4 Tips for Running Back Blitz Pick-Up.
- 3 Types of Blitzes for your defense.