Chiefs Links: Chiefs’ blitz must get into a ‘zone’

The zone blitz, invented by current Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau when he was with the Bengals in the mid-1980s, creates offensive confusion by dropping players into coverage from the line that you expect to be blitzing, and taking coverage men and putting them in blitz situations. In Pittsburgh, LeBeau has become especially creative with it – you may see safety Troy Polamalu(notes) crashing through the vacated A-gap while nose tackle Casey Hampton(notes) covers a flat where a running back might catch a quick screen. The idea is to disguise defensive intent, forcing the quarterback to make bad reads and incorrect decisions.

Very interesting read from Yahoo Sports

Topics: Kansas City Chiefs, Yahoo Sports

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