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Old 01-13-2005   #23
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The Steelers still run the zone blitz and even brought back on its creators, Dick LeBeau. He along with Capers developed the zone blitz introduced to the Steelers' 3-4 alignment, and it became the rage of the 1990s as other teams around the league copied it. Lebeau is one the best defensive coordinators in the league, he makes a great assistant coach, but a terrible head coach. The zone blitz puts pressure on the running game by confusing the blockers to where they need to block and puts pressure on the offensive line to maintain their blocks because they do not know where the blitz is coming and where the coverage is. QB's have a hard time figuring out the soft spots of the ever changing rotation of the zone. A player might be in one spot on one down and in a completely different spot the next, or may be called to blitz.
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