Alignment of the Two Gapping Five Technique
The two gapping 5 (TG5) will align much tighter than the Rush DE will. He should align with his inside eye on the outside pad of the offensive tackle (OT). The lesser of an athlete he is, the tighter he should align (but never be head up). Usually this defender is on the side the running back (RB) is on, but there are certain formations where he's aligned opposite the back (in the shotgun). He is reading the tip of the OT's shoulder, to the "V" of the neck through to the RB.
Two Gapping Five Technique Block Reactions
First, let's start with the TG5 to the side the RB is on in the gun. There are some subtle differences in what he does versus where the back aligns. Against the down block, the TG5 will squeeze the OT hard down inside and stay square. The key here is to not run up field. Running up field creates a running lane and makes the TG5's job of spilling traps and lead blocks much more difficult. Once he squeezes he should read the path of the RB. If the RB is away from him, we want to keep squeezing the OT so he cannot block our LB. The TG5 has the quarterback (QB), inside-out on Zone Read. If he gets down block and the RB is flat at him, then he will still squeeze the OT so he cannot block the LB. The TG5 has the QB inside-out on speed option. If the RB is downhill directly at the TG5, he will spill this block by attacking the RB's inside shoulder with his outside shoulder (typical wrong-arm fit).
Against the reach block, the fit is exactly like that of the Three Technique. The TG5 will fight outside and then ultimately fit inside of this block. The idea here, again, is to widen the C gap, or "bring the C gap to" the displaced LB in coverage. If the TG5 goes into the B gap too quickly, then the displaced LB has further to go to his fit in the C gap, which may open a running lane for the offense.
The base block is where the TG5 and the Three Technique are different. Where the Three Technique is to maintain his gap integrity, the TG5 will actually fight the block outside but fit inside. This technique keeps B gap ISO from being a problem. The TG5 actually boxes B gap QB ISO back to the MLB who is spilling this block.
If for some reason the TG5 ends up on the side opposite the RB, the fits are generally the same but with a few tweaks and a few coaching points. For the down block, the TG5 still squeezes hard, but is no longer looking to Zone Read, he's now thinking Trap, Counter or Power Read. On Power Read he will close down and take the QB. For all other blocks the fit is the same regardless of where the RB aligns.
If the TG5 gets a pass set, he is generally ineffective because he's so heavy into controlling the OT. What we ask the TG5 to do is to bull rush the OT and he will play the screen and the draw. Against the screen he works to keep his leverage inside of the tackle and get to the RB. Against the draw the fit is really the same as if the TG5 was based. He will bull rush the tackle and once he sees the draw declare, he'll fit inside the block of the OT.
The TG5 is very important to keeping that weak side B gap run through from being a problem. He's there to box Iso or G Pull back to the MLB. The real key is on zone runs away from him is that he squeeze hard to keep the OT from climbing to the second level to block the LB. One drawback of the TG5 is you don't get much of a pass rush out of him, but you do get some screen and draw security by how he leverages the OT.
This is the last of the individual position descriptions. For my next article I'll discuss fitting some of today's popular one back runs and how to drill the TGOG to your players.