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.
|RE, Line DT and LE||Base|
|Staggered DT||Blitz Right|
|ROLB||Flats Zone Right|
|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.
- Well balanced play with no major weaknesses
- Zone coverages ensure at least one defender in most areas on the field
- Weak against running plays off left guard or right tackle
- Not a lot of pressure on the QB or push upfield
- Soft against passes in the right flats
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