I mention it in my new post on Football Study Hall breaking down the 2018 Mississippi State offense against the Auburn defense. This solution maybe didn’t totally originate with Belichick, but I think he made it particularly popular.
The Patriots created a 46 front after the snap against the Seahawks zone-read game. That meant there was always an edge guy to contain the QB run and then they’d get 1-on-1 matchups to try and beat the zone blocking. Since then, I’ve seen that approach go spectacularly wrong for a few teams with two notable examples in 2018.
One was Greg Schiano’s Ohio State defense against TCU. The other was this Tiger unit against Mississippi State. I’m more and more a fan of Belichik as I observe how he solves different opposing teams, he generally has pretty simple gameplans that are built to execute a simple strategy. The people copying him seem to seize on the tactics without understanding the strategy behind it.
The goal is to force your opponent to play left-handed and create the kind of fight where you’re necessarily at advantage, not to try and outsmart him.