Run Fits versus Two-Back Power
The power run game is not dead. As spread offenses proliferate through all divisions of football, the “Power” play is still a staple of many. Defenses must be able to adapt to any formation without subbing players because of the tempo being thrown at them. This can cause a dilemma when a defense’s base scheme is a 4-2-5. When teams insert an “H”, or fullback, a defense does not have to spin to a single-high in order to gain an extra man in the box.
By setting the front to the “H” a defense can protect itself against any RPO by covering down the Sam. The 2i, or “G” reads the block back from the center, and the guard crossing his face. The Nose climbs over any block back and replaces the Mike’s fit. This forces an extra man in the middle, wrecking havoc on the “Power” scheme. The Nose essentially becomes unblocked because the play side guard is sifting to the Will. The Mike, reacting off the pulling guard, works]ing to the pullers outside shoulder. Will inserts himself on the inside shoulder of the pulling guard, thus creating a plus-1 in the run game. Both ends hold the edge, the boundary end pushing the hinging tackle back into the open “B” gap.
Pairing the front with a match scheme in the secondary allows the defense to gain an 8 man box by inserting the safeties in the outside gaps. The boundary safety reads for cut back before attacking the ball. The perceived open “B” gap to the boundary can easily be filled by the DS, if the back is even able to cut back. As any good defensive coach knows, creating a drastic cutback usually ends in victory for the defense.
Here’s a look at Baylor defending the Power to the weak side using an Over Front, and crossing the center’s face on the block back.