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Jet Sweep Offense-Part 2-The Basics of Sweep

Jet Sweep teams need to start with the idea that they will practice the jet and become great at running it. The whole philosophy is that the offense will threaten the perimeter of the defense with a play that has the potential to break for a long run at anytime.

The offense must put a large amount of practice time into the mechanics of the jet sweep. The timing and blocking techniques can be drilled in individual groups of backs, receivers and linemen. Once those fundamentals have been learned, the team can go to a half line "sweep drill" to work on the mechanics and execution against a live defense.

If the defense knows what play is being run, yet the offense can still execute the "jet" against that defense and make yards, the team gains great confidence in the play. The coaches must convince the offense that they when the game gets to the fourth quarter that they will be better at running the jet than the defense will be at stopping it.

Jet Sweep Drill using "half line". Important to video the drill from behind and coach the play in the film room with the team.

Jet sweep drill using seal block technique by split end and arcing the inside receiver to block the corner. Another scheme would be to take the inside receiver and let him seal the inside linebacker, the split end seal the OLB and arc the running back to block the corner. Players learn their blocking rules against different defensive fronts and looks as they execute the play.

The offensive line has pretty simple blocking rules that rarely change. This helps when the offensive coordinator wants to run the play with tempo. The offensive tackle will reach block the "C" gap defender. If the defender moves inside, the tackle lets him go and works up to the next level and seals the linebacker. The rule of the playside guard is "pull and block the playside linebacker". He must learn to run the alley at a 45 degree angle as well as read the reach block of the tackle. The center reaches the "A" gap to the backside linebacker. If the play is being run to a tight end, that tight end reach blocks as well. The first receiver outside is responsible for the first defender outside the box unless a special scheme is called.

The jet sweep is a great play to run with compressed sets. If forces OLBs and other force players to be careful of their alignment and stay out of "crack" position. It also allows the jet back to get to the point of hand off much quicker.

The receivers align four yards apart. It is difficult for a defender to dart to the inside of the receiver without getting sealed to the inside.

The play can be run out of multiple formations. The quarterback can ride the back slightly and then fake the keep to the same side. But the basic jet sweep play and execution doesn't change regardless of the formation.

Here is some video about coaching the play with some clips to watch


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