Playbook: Detroit Lions

Formation: Big Nickel Over G

Play: LB Blitz

Setup:

  1. QB Contain
  2. Put LB on the right into a yellow zone and hold him over the RT

Overview: You should see the pressure come right up the middle on this play as long as your opponent isn’t blocking an extra guy or using slide protection.

Playbook: Detroit Lions

Formation: Big Nickel Over G

Play: SS LB Blitz

Setup:

  1. Press coverage
  2. User control the LB on the right and hold LB over the right tackle

Overview: This play is great when your opponent isn’t expecting it. Even if your opponent blocks an extra guy, one of your blitzing defenders should still come in free. Make sure to have a fast CB blitzing. Feel free to adjust the coverage behind the play as well.

Playbook: Detroit Lions

Formation: Big Nickel Over G

Play: Tampa 2

Setup:

  1. Base Align
  2. Blitz LB on the left
  3. QB Contain
  4. Hold LB on the right over the RT

Overview:  For this play to work properly you need a LB with 85-90 speed blitzing. If not, he might get picked up because the offensive line will have the time to react.

Playbook: Detroit Lions

Formation: Big Nickel Over G

Play: Cover 3 Sky

Setup:

  1. Base Align
  2. Blitz LB on the left
  3. QB Contain
  4. Hold LB on the right over the RT

Overview: You need a linebacker with 85-90 speed blitzing. This is the cover 3 version of the previous play.

Playbook: Detroit Lions

Formation: Big Nickel Over G

Play: Cover 2 Contain

Setup:

  1. Base Align
  2. Blitz LB on the left
  3. Hold the other LB over the RT pre snap

Overview: This play brings 4 man heat that should result in B-Gap pressure without extra guys blocking.

Playbook: Detroit Lions

Formation: Big Nickel Over G

Play: Tampa 2 (Or any other play with a 4 man rush)

Setup:

  1. Base Align
  2. Press Coverage
  3. Crash your defensive line down
  4. Blitz your slot cornerback
  5. (Optional) Put your LB on the right into a deep blue zone
  6. User control the LB on the left and hold him over the LG/LT

Overview: Pressure should come in untouched off the edge from the cornerback. This will just give your opponent a different look.