Virginia Tech Scheme Breakdown: Inside Zone 101, Part 3

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Tyler Bowen is expected to bring a heavy dose of inside zone to Virginia Tech. (Jon Fleming)

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Part 2

The Inside Zone became a fast favorite of pro-style teams, as they found ways to use fullbacks and tight ends to crisscross defenses. The new wave of spread offenses that started coming along in the 90’s found a very different reason to love the IZ. When these schemes spread the defense out with four receivers, the suddenly empty box became a lot easier to block:

There weren’t enough defenders in the box for the offense to worry about complicated blitzes. In the first image, the offense has a blocker for every defender in the box and doesn’t need to worry about getting an entire second level of defenders flowing in the wrong direction—just about anywhere that run hits is going to have open field behind it. The play still has zone principles, like the back reading the front, but the blocking is more like man-to-man, and doesn’t require devastating double-teams to create a lane.

 If the defense added more rushers, the play could look more like a classic Inside Zone:

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