The Blitz...

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Puritanboard Brimstone
I was just thinking about this: In WWII, "the blitz" was a highly aggressive *offensive* tactic... but in football, "the blitz" is a highly aggressive *defensive* tactic. I wonder why the switch from offense to defense. Any theories?
In warfare a blitz is a lightning attack on a given adversary.
In football a blitz is a lightning attack on a particular adversary (the quarterback).
Different standpoint, same tactic.
"Blitzkrieg" is the compound German word from "blitz" (lightning) + "krieg" (war). In American football, the "blitz" is a reference just to the speed (fast as lightning, presumably) of the defensive rush. There is a lot in common between a WW2 era blitzkrieg and the modern blitz in football. For example, the blitzkrieg strategy may leave forward elements exposed from rear action that recovers from being initially overrun just as in football a receiver may be left open when the coverage opts to blitz. Both tactics depend on quickly achieving the objective through overwhelming force - inherent recklessness offset by tactical advantages. Slow it down and/or spread it out and the risk overtakes the reward (Hitler invading Russia is a good example). Just waiting for the woke NFL to ban the term as fascist...
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