4-3 Stagger - Spread Zone

Spread Zone is best used against base offensive packages in situations where a pass is likely. It use most of the available zone coverages to blanket the field, leaving only the corners in man coverage and only the D-line to rush the passer and break up runs. Its asymmetry is intended in part to disguise the coverage, making it a bit more difficult for the opposing quarterback to make a quick assessment.

The best time to use spread zone may be if you want to protect a lead, or just play it safe and prevent big plays. It won't create a lot of pressure or break up many runs in the backfield due to only rushing four lineman, but its zone coverages ensure that there are no gaping holes in the defense and will minimize the number of busted coverages you will suffer. This makes it one of my favorite plays in situations like 2nd and 10 or 3rd and 5 against standard 2 WR, 1TE, 2 RB sets.

Player Assignments

Position Action
RE, Line DT and LE Base
Staggered DT Blitz Right
ROLB Flats Zone Right
MLB Hook Zone
LOLB Curl Zone Left
Right CB (CB #2) Man WR2
Left CB (CB #1) Man WR1
SS and FS Deep Zone

See the Madden Playbook Guide for a description of these symbols.




Contact Arkaein with any comments or questions regarding the Monstrous Madden Playbook.