What is a Blitz in Football?

A blitz in football is a defensive play in which more players on the defense rush the offense than there are offensive players guarding the ball. For example, if the Quarterback drops back for a pass with six players guarding him and the defense sends seven players to sack the Quarterback, that is a blitz.

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A blitz is used for primarily two functions: to sack the Quarterback before they can throw the ball or guarantee a quick stop on a run play.

Blitz Strategy

A blitz is a very risky play to run. You have more defenders attacking the football, but you also lose out on defenders guarding against the pass. If a blitz does not reach the Quarterback fast enough, they will definitely have an open receiver to pass to, which is very costly. Teams also blitz, especially near the end of a game, when they know the offense is going to run the ball.

In a blitz, the primary players blitzing are either a linebacker or defensive back, called a linebacker blitz or a defensive back blitz respectfully.

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