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Super Bowl preview – Point #2: High-pressure zone drops air pressure. Hit the strike zone.

An unpressured experienced quarterback at any level will put up Peyton Manning numbers. An unpressured Peyton Manning will gut any defense on the planet.

This Super Bowl boils down to a fight between 2 pressures – air pressure by inflicted Peyton Manning and high-pressure suffered by Peyton Manning. A high-pressure zone is an area where the QB is flattened. Air pressure is where the secondary is flattened. Whoever gets the most pressure will win.

No defensive secondary, regardless of how great they are, can cover receivers for extended periods of time, at any level. Coverage has a short time limit. What makes a defensive secondary great are six elements:
(i) sustained speed over four quarters. Not one or two or three quarters. Four.
(ii) high-performance tackling. Tackling is not created equal. There are multi-levels of tackling, all dependent on the impact registered. High-performance tackling wears down the opponent physically, mentally, emotionally, even spiritually because being the victim of sustained high-performance tackling means suffering hell.
(iii) Offensive IQ. Coverage is an IQ test that measures what a defense understands about offense in general and the opponent’s system specifically. Great defenses score high on offensive IQ and they make fewer mistakes than the offense they’re covering.
(iv) Nastiness. This ties in with high-performance tackling. It starts at the top with mindset. An ordinary football mindset won’t cut it. Great secondaries give no free passes. Every pass caught has to be expensive – it has to carry a steep cost for catching the ball and every hit on a receiver must make a big enough impact to break the receiver’s will.
(v) release-pressure. Allowing receivers to free-release from the line of scrimmage without physical force is a recipe for defensive disaster. No free passes is the key.
(vi) QB pressure. Every great secondary is the beneficiary of a 4-man rush that can apply repeated physical force on the quarterback without the need for blitzes.

The best pass coverage is not man-to-man coverage, it isn’t zone coverage. It’s a hits and strikes. A quarterback sack is the biggest hit that a defense can make and it’s the best way to defend a pass. A quarterback can’t throw when he’s flattened. The next best thing to a sack is a strike, where the QB gets legally flattened a split-second after the ball is released. There’s a line of demarcation between a strike and late hit. Timing of the contact is the key. And placement. Every quarterback has a legal strike zone. If the strike zone is hit enough, the quarterback’s efficiency diminishes regardless of who he is.

The main factor that will determine the outcome of the Super Bowl is how many times Seattle’s defense hits the strike zone. Not enough hits on Manning’s strike zone will result in intense air pressure on Seattle’s secondary that will bomb Seattle’s defense. Enough hits on Manning’s strike zone will result in high-pressure zone on Manning that will lower the air pressure on Seattle’s secondary.

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Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., NCCP Level 3
Head coach – Niagara X-men football
Owner – X Fitness Inc.

Gino Arcaro is a widely published author. His website, blog, Youtube channel, and list of books are at: His books include: 4th & hell: seasons 1-5, Soul of a Lifter, SWAT Offense, SWAT Defense, X Fitness Workout System, and a 3 business book series called Soul of an Entrepreneur . He also has written 20 editions of 6 law enforcement academic textbooks. And a new 8-volume interrogation book series, soon to be released.

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