Denver Broncos Defense: Blitzing the Ravens Part 4

Dustin Bradford

The final installment this week looks at the 4th Quarter.


Blitz #

Down

Personnel

Blitz Type

Rushers

Pressure/Sack

18

2nd and 6, Q4

4-2-5 Nickel

Safety

5

None

19

2nd and 10, Q4

4-2-5 Nickel

2x LB/Zone

5

None

20

3rd and 10, Q4

3-3-5 Nickel

2x S

6

Pressure

21

2nd and 3, Q4

3-3-5 Nickel

2x LB/Zone

5

Pressure

22

2nd and 10, Q4

3-3-5 Nickel

LB/CB/Zone/Overload

5

Pressure

Blitz 18

Late in the game, the Broncos bring Rahim Moore off the edge. We're in the redzone so the Broncos feel ok with Mike Adams playing centerfield, otherwise you will almost NEVER see Rahim Moore blitz. Standard Nickel here.

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Blitz 19

At this point I could be absurd and label the alignment as a 2-4-5 nickel as the Broncos and Del Rio seem fit to play both Robert Ayers and Shaun Phillips more like OLB's. Regardless, Phillips up top drops back into coverage and both Woodyard and Trevathan run an A gap blitz.

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Blitz 20

Very cool design and there is a stunt from the outside on both sides of the line. Duke Ihenacho and Robert Ayers flush Flacco to the outside.

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Blitz 21

Some more 3-man fronts in effect with Shaun Phillips once again dropping into coverage. Both LB's run a double A gap blitz.

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Blitz 22

Another cool design as the Broncos overload the left side of the defensive line using a LB and a CB.

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Final Tally

65 passing plays, 22 blitzes (33.8%), 12 pressures (54.5%), 2 sacks (9%). Here's the entire list of each blitz:

Blitz #

Down

Personnel

Blitz Type

Rushers

Pressure/Sack

1

3rd and 6, Q1

3-2-6 Dime

Overload (CB/S)

5

None

2

2nd and 3, Q1

4-3

Zone (MLB)

4

None

3

2nd and 10, Q1

335 nickel

Zone (CB)

4

Pressure

4

1st and 10, Q1

3-4/5-2

Overload (LB)

7

Pressure

5

2nd and 11, Q1

4-3

Linebacker

5

Pressure

6

3rd and 8, Q2

3-2-6 Dime

Safety

5

Pressure

7

3rd and 12, Q2

4-1-6 Dime

Double Zone (MLB, CB, S)

5

Pressure

8

3rd and 14, Q2

3-1-7 (4S 3CB)

Safety

4

Pressure

9

2nd and 6, Q2

4-2-5 Nickel

S/LB

6

None

10

3rd and 6, Q2

3-2-6 Dime

S/LB

6

None

11

1st and 10, Q2

4-2-5 Nickel

S

5

None

12

3rd and 12, Q3

3-2-6 Dime

S/LB

5

Sack (Phillips)

13

1st and 10, Q3

4-2-5 Nickel

Zone (LB)

4

Pressure

14

2nd and 10, Q3

4-2-5 Nickel

Zone (CB)

4

Pressure

15

1st and 10, Q3

4-2-5 Nickel

LB

5

None

16

3rd and 10, Q3

3-1-7 4S/3CB

Monster/Overload

7

Pressure/PD (30)

17

3rd and 19, Q3

4-1-6 Dime

Zone LB/S

5

Sack (90/52)

18

2nd and 6, Q4

4-2-5 Nickel

Safety

5

None

19

2nd and 10, Q4

4-2-5 Nickel

2x LB/Zone

5

None

20

3rd and 10, Q4

4-2-5 Nickel

2x S

6

Pressure

21

2nd and 3, Q4

3-3-5 Nickel

2x LB/Zone

5

Pressure

22

2nd and 10, Q4

3-3-5 Nickel

LB/CB/Zone

5

Pressure

Hope you enjoyed it folks, I'll probably continue to examine how the Broncos are blitzing each and everyweek.

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