What adjustments can I make on my strong side off-tackle run when there is a Defensive End playing head up on the strong side tight end?
Good question, most people refer to that as a “6” technique Defensive End. We see that quite a bit from teams that want to crash the defensive end and try to take away the strong side off-tackle play.
There are many ways to attack this problem, the first is to run a bunch of strong side sweeps. When a defensive end is playing that tight and is determined to take away your strong side off-tackle run, he is a very easy target to pin in with your wingback. This alignment and technique usually gives you a wide open sweep alley. Run the sweep successfully a few times and see if that defensive coordinator or defensive end doesn’t change his tactics. Even if the defensive end is instructed to crash, he usually hates getting beat continuously outside and will not come as hard after you run a few successful sweeps.
But if you still want to try to run the off-tackle against this, this is how we would do it:
Widen the defensive end out with a “nasty split” of 2-3 yards with your tight end. If the defensive end doesn’t widen with the tight end, simply run the sweep and pin the defensive end in with a simple and easy to execute down block by your tight end. Your tight end would have a great angle and position to make this simple block. If the defensive end widens, you can: block him out with your tight end if there is no player in the inside gap of the tight end. This doesn’t need to be much of a block, he just needs to shield the defensive end for a count or two from the gaping hole the defensive end has created by widening with the tight end. Or you can simply keep your same GOD blocking rules which means that the defensive end will now be kicked out by your blocking back. The key now is that since the defensive end is aligned much wider, you have a huge gap to run through to start with and the angle and distance to the off-tackle hole is much more difficult for the defensive end to makแทงบอลออนไลน์ e a play. That additional space also gives your blocking back more time and momentum to make the kickout block.
Another method is to add your wingback to the line of scrimmage, what we call our “on” adjustment. You can have 10 on the line of scrimmage at any level of football. Many coaches think a legal formation must have four backs, that is not accurate. The rules state you must have AT LEAST 7 players on the line of scrimmage on offense, you can have more than that and still be legal, you just can’t have fewer than seven.
When you add that wingback to the line of scrimmage next to your strong side tight end, this widens the defensive end also. If the defensive end doesn’t widen, simply run sweep and outflank him with a simple pin block by the wing. If the defensive end widens, you can do a number of things, you can start by just blocking him out with the wing if there is no player inside the wing’s inside gap (doubtful), or stay with your normal blocking rules and scheme. The wingback will now have to be a GOD rule blocker since he is on the line of scrimmage. Remember with the additional player on the line of scrimmage this widens the defensive end outside by at least an additional full body and gives the runner a larger gap to begin with as well as a better blocking angle and timing for the blocking back kick-out block.