Playbook: Minnesota Vikings

Formation: Nickel Normal

Play: Nickel Blitz 2

Setup:

  1. Base Align
  2. Press Coverage
  3. Pinch the defensive line
  4. Slant the defensive line outside
  5. Pinch the linebackers
  6. User one of the linebackers in the middle of the field and stand where shown in the video and hold LT

Overview: As shown in the video you can move the blitzing cornerback closer to the line to make the blitz even quicker. When you stand with your user and hold LT it makes the blitz more consistent.

Playbook: Minnesota Vikings

Formation: Nickel Normal

Play: Buck Slant Show 2

Setup:

  1. Base Align
  2. Press Coverage
  3. Pinch the defensive line
  4. Slant the defensive line outside
  5. Pinch the linebackers
  6. Zone the blitzing linebacker
  7. User one of the linebackers in the middle of the field and stand where shown in the video and hold LT

Overview: Here we are getting quick pressure again this time using a Cover 3 style of defense. We can still move the cornerback closer to the line to make the blitz faster. Adjust the zones how you see best fitting for what the opponent is doing.

Playbook: Minnesota Vikings

Formation: Nickel Normal

Play: Overload Blitz

Setup:

  1. Base Align
  2. Press Coverage
  3. Pinch the defensive line
  4. Slant the defensive line outside
  5. Pinch the linebackers
  6. Zone the blitzing linebacker
  7. User one of the linebackers in the middle of the field and stand where shown in the video and hold LT

Overview: On this play we have man coverage across the board while blitzing 5 people. Then we also get to put the linebacker in any zone we would like. Again the use of holding LT makes this blitz very consistent and mixing in man coverage will confuse your opponent.

Playbook: Minnesota Vikings

Formation: Nickel Normal

Play: Tampa 2

Setup:

  1. Base Align
  2. Press Coverage
  3. Pinch the defensive line
  4. Slant the defensive line outside
  5. Pinch the linebackers
  6. User one of the linebackers in the middle of the field and hover where shown in the video

Overview: Here we are only blitzing 4 people. However, this formation gets consistent block sheds that bring extreme pressure to the opponent. This defense is a quick setup and you can adjust your defense to cover any type of passing plays in the game. On this defense we just hover in the gap with our user and do not hold LT.

Playbook: Minnesota Vikings

Formation: Nickel Normal

Play: Cover 3 Sky

Setup:

  1. Base Align
  2. Press Coverage
  3. Pinch the defensive line
  4. Slant the defensive line outside
  5. Pinch the linebackers
  6. User one of the linebackers in the middle of the field and hover where shown in the video

Overview: Here we are only blitzing 4 people. This is another block shed defense but now we are in a Cover 3 style defense. It is extremely important when using a block shed defense to mix up your coverages. If you stay in one defense too long a good player can find a way to beat it.

Playbook: Minnesota Vikings

Formation: Nickel Normal

Play: Cover 1 Hole

Setup:

  1. Base Align
  2. Press Coverage
  3. Pinch the defensive line
  4. Slant the defensive line outside
  5. Pinch the linebackers
  6. User one of the linebackers in the middle of the field and hover where shown in the video

Overview: On this play we have a Cover 1 style of man defense blitzing 4 people using the block shed defense. This type of defense is good against an opponent that likes to run a lot of Post patterns over the middle of the field. It is also effective to mix up the coverage and run man sometimes instead of zone all the time.

Playbook: Minnesota Vikings

Formation: Nickel Normal

Play: Cover 4 Palms (Run Defense)

Setup:

  1. Press Coverage
  2. Pinch the defensive line
  3. Play underneath coverage
  4. Bring the Safeties down a few steps

Overview: This is our run defense for this very effective defensive formation. This run defense and shut down the most effective runs in the game. The great thing about it is we do not have to leave our base defense in order to do so. We can essentially stop anything our opponent throws at us in this formation.

Nickel Normal against extra blockers