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Big Nickel Over G

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.

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  1. If I understand correctly, the main difference between Nickel Normal and the Big Nickel Over G is that Big Nickel has 3 safeties instead of the 2 in Nickel Normal, right?

    So if safeties are generally a little slower than corners, what is the advantage of using the Big Nickel formation as opposed to using the Nickel Normal?

    1. The Big Nickel Over G is very similar to Nickel Normal in terms of the personnel on the field. You are right that Nickel Normal has 3 cbs and 2 safeties while Big Nickel Over G has 2 cbs and 3 safeties by default. We end up just subbing in a cb for the extra safety in the Big Nickel Over G formation anyway.

      The difference for our purposes is that they have some different plays and the extra cornerback/safety are on different sides. In Nickel Normal, the slot cornerback is on the left. In Big Nickel, he is on the right.

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    barryraugust@hotmail.com says:

    how do i put my linebacker in a yellow zone?

    1. Scroll over to the linebacker you want to change. Click “A” on XBOX One or “X” on PS4. Then select the zone you want to put him into

  6. How do you beat the cover 3 sky on offense

    1. There are a lot of cover 3 beaters throughout our offensive ebooks.