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Reduction or Reduced Defense
« on: April 13, 2011, 09:05:33 AM »
Have been reading up on Zone blocking, both Alex Gibbs and Milt Tenopir's versions, and they both talk about running it against a "reduction" or "reduced" defense and I am not sure what that means. I am assuming that it is a defensive front that shades to the strength of the offensive formation. Is that correct?

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Re: Reduction or Reduced Defense
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2011, 09:51:55 AM »
A reduction technically is when the LDOLOS aligns inside the TE or OT. 
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Re: Reduction or Reduced Defense
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2011, 12:50:00 PM »
Like CoachShad mentioned, a reduced front typically refers to a DE and DT sliding down inside to align over a guard and tackle on the open side of a formation.  A "Weak Eagle" is one example of a reduced front in a 50 defense.  A "Double Eagle" is often used to describe a T-N-T alignment where both interior d-linemen are aligned over the offensive guards.

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Re: Reduction or Reduced Defense
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2011, 01:19:56 PM »
Like CoachShad mentioned, a reduced front typically refers to a DE and DT sliding down inside to align over a guard and tackle on the open side of a formation.  A "Weak Eagle" is one example of a reduced front in a 50 defense.  A "Double Eagle" is often used to describe a T-N-T alignment where both interior d-linemen are aligned over the offensive guards.

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You can have reduced fronts to the TE side as well.  From a defensive structure stand point, my understanding is that if the B gap is covered by a down lineman (3 tech or 4i) it is generally considered a reduced front.  If the B gap is uncovered, it's typically the wide side of the defensive structure.


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Re: Reduction or Reduced Defense
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2011, 03:37:30 PM »
So running the outside zone into a reduced front would have the goal of more blockers than defenders? Create a bigger seam and hopefully gain more yards.

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Re: Reduction or Reduced Defense
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2011, 05:48:44 PM »
So running the outside zone into a reduced front would have the goal of more blockers than defenders? Create a bigger seam and hopefully gain more yards.

That's correct.  Run Power-O and OZ to a reduced front.   Run IZ and Counter to wide side concept.
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Re: Reduction or Reduced Defense
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2011, 06:46:17 PM »
That's correct.  Run Power-O and OZ to a reduced front.   Run IZ and Counter to wide side concept.

Essentially they are setting the edge further inside for you.  With typical QZ blocking (Not pin and pull or pull and replace) it sets up the LDOLOS for an easier block for the OT.  Mind you that in most Zone concepts it's the backs responsibility to make the blocks work rather than hit the hole.   ;) :D
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Re: Reduction or Reduced Defense
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2011, 09:20:12 AM »
it sets up the LDOLOS for an easier block for the OT.  Mind you that in most Zone concepts it's the backs responsibility to make the blocks work rather than hit the hole.   ;) :D


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Re: Reduction or Reduced Defense
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2011, 09:46:00 AM »
Last Defender On Line Of Scrimmage  (LDOLOS)   ;D
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Re: Reduction or Reduced Defense
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2011, 10:30:24 AM »
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