Michigan Football: Coach's Corner -- Playbook X's and O's -- Rules, Gaps, Techniques, and Blitz packages in the base 3-3-5 -- Part IV -- Ram

Posted at 6:00am — 4/20/2010

Michigan Football: Coach’s Corner — Playbook X’s and O’s — Rules, Gaps, Techniques, and Blitz packages in the base 3-3-5 — Part IV — Ram

Ram is Mike and outside linebacker blitz package. The Mike and outside linebacker to the call side will blitz.

3-3-5 vs. Pro Set

………………………………..TB

………………………………..FB

………………………………..QB
…FL……………..TE…T…G…C…G…T………………………SE
……………………….^……..^……….^
………………………DT……NT……….DE

………….^…………^………^………^…………^
………….S………SLB…….MLB……WLB……….B

^……………………………………………………………………….^
FC…………………………………………………………………….BC

…………………………….^
…………………………….FS

DT: Greg Banks
NT: Will Campbell
DE: Ryan Van Bergen

WLB: Jonas Mouton
MLB: Obi Ezeh
SLB: Craig Roh

BC = J.T. Floyd
FC = Troy Woolfolk
SS: Thomas Gordon (Bandit)
SS: Jordan Kovacs (Spur)
FS: Cam Gordon (Deep Safety)

Here are some rules and terminology clarification. Remember, programs use terminology that is not always universal.

Technique Chart:

..TE …. OT …. OG …. OC ….. OG …. OT …. TE ….
9.8.7..5.4.4i..3.2.2i…1.0.1…2i.2.3…4i.4.5…7.8.9.

Gaps:

(D gap) TE (C gap) OT (B gap) OG (B gap) OC (A gap) OG (B gap) OT (C gap) .. (D gap)

Rules:

DT: his alignment is a 5-technique and he has C gap.
NT: angles hard to the A gap away from the call side, in this case to his left.
DE: his alignment is a 5-technique and he has C gap.

SLB (Strong-side Linebacker): he lines up in a 50-technque, stacked at 4 yards behind the defensive tackle and he has B gap.
MLB (Middle Linebacker): he stacks behind the nose tackle at 4 yards off the ball. He blitzes hard to the call side B gap, in this case to his right.
WLB (Weak-side Linebacker): he lines up in a 50-technique, stacked at 4 yards behind the defensive end. He blitzes hard to the A gap on his side of the ball.

The MLB and WLB cross with MLB going first.

Spur (Strong Safety): his alignment is 4×4 (yards) off the tight end or the last man on the line of scrimmage, and he has D gap.
Bandit (Strong Safety): his alignment is 4×4 (yards) off the last man on the line of scrimmage, and he has D gap.

Field CB: he lines up 1×8 (yards) off of the #1 wide receiver and he secures the sideline.
Free Safety: he lines up 12 yards of the ball and splits the two #1 wide receivers, he has the alley in run support.
Boundary CB: he lines up 1×8 (yards) off the #1 wide receiver and secures the sideline.

Strong Side Ram Stack Blitz:

Rules:

DT: his alignment is a 5-technique and he has C gap.
NT: he angles hard to the A gap away from the call side, in this case to his right.
DE: his alignment is a 5-technique and he has C gap.

SLB (Strong-side Linebacker): he lines up in a 50-technique, stacked at 4 yards behind the defensive tackle. He blitzes hard to the A gap on his side of the ball.
MLB (Middle Linebacker): he stacks behind the nose tackle at 4 yards off the ball. He blitzes hard to the call side B gap, in this case to his left.
WLB (Weak-side Linebacker): he lines up in a 50-technique, stacked at 4 yards behind the defensive end. He has B gap responsibility.

The MLB and SLB cross with MLB going first.

Spur (Strong Safety): his alignment is 4×4 (yards) off the tight end or last man on the line of scrimmage, and he has D gap.
Bandit (Strong Safety): his alignment is 4×4 (yards) off the last man on the line of scrimmage, and he has D gap.

Field CB: he lines up 1×8 (yards) off the #1 wide receiver and secures the sideline.
FS (Deep Safety): he lines up 12 yards of the ball and splits the two #1 wide receivers, he has the alley in run support.
Boundary CB: he lines up 1×8 (yards) off the #1 wide receiver and secures the sideline.

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