Editor's Note: This story will appear in this Sunday's Gameday Magazine which you can purchase HERE.Twas the Night before Gameday - Zone Blitz version
Twas the night before Gameday when all through NRG,
Not a creature was stirring, not even Marc V!
The goalposts stood tall on the field of green
In hopes that St. Romeo soon would be seen…
J.J. and Crick were nestled, all snug in their beds,
while visions of turnovers danced in their heads.
Grease, Powe and Cushing with the linebackers too,
D.J., Danieal and of course K. Lew!
When out on the roof there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the seats to see what was the matter.
Away to the field, I flew like a flash
Just a wee bit faster than a 4.8 40-yard dash!
With the ball on the ten of the NRG grid,
Romeo whistled and shouted the names of each football kid.
Now Reed, Now Cushing
Now, Simon and J.J.
On, Whitney! On Kareem!
On J Jo and D.J.!
Time to blitz but play zone so we can get the QB,
Zone blitz it's called and they'll finally see!
We'll get to the quarterback lickety split,
But confuse him too and/or make a big hit.
Here's what it looks like in the grand design:
Six guys up front but not all will unwind.
Three will rush and the rest will drop,
The QB won't know who's playing passing cop…
The six of you align in the eyes of the QB,
we'll drop a few in coverage and rush just three.
Mohamed and Reed play curls while D.J. plays underneath,
Eyeing receivers in routes over the top and beneath!
Watt and crew, all three rush from the line,
The secondary plays cover one, three or four just fine.
St. Romeo signaled and called in the play,
The QB dropped and threw one into the fray!
K Lew made his read and jumped into sight,
A pick six for him, and for all Texans, a good night!