Archive | September, 2011

Understanding Coverages: Cover 2 Man

12 Sep

Cover 2 Man / Man Under Two-Deep


This coverage is man-to-man with help over the top in the two (2) deep zones. This coverage allows the defense to bracket or double two (2) receivers.

The pre-snap read (PSR) is based on the alignment of the Corners (C) on the wide receivers. If the Safeties give a 2D look (Safeties near the hash marks, aligned deeper than the C’s) and both C’s are up tighter or looking primarily at the receiver instead of the QB, then Man Under Coverage (“MUC”) is confirmed.

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Video: Boys of Fall – “Coaches”

11 Sep

Coaching is more than X’s and O’s.  Much more, as the video below will attest.  If you don’t love what you’re doing, then maybe you’re doing it wrong or you’re in the wrong profession.

Understanding Coverages: Cover 2 Zone

11 Sep

Cover 2 Zone

The pre-snap read (PSR) is based on the depth of the Corners (C) and Safeties (S).  The C’s will usually be outside of the wide receivers and the S’s will be near
the hash marks, aligned deeper than the C’s.

If the ball is on the hash, look to the strong side defensive back for their alignment because the Safety will naturally be on the hash. If the Defensive End (E) drops to the curl, then all six (6) underneath zones are covered.

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Learning Basic Coverages

10 Sep

Video explaining how to recognize basic coverages — from Top Gun Academy.

Understanding Coverages: Cover 3 Rotate (“Cloud” Force)

10 Sep

Three Deep – Rotate (“Cloud” Force)

The goal of this coverage is to take away the short passing game or protect against the wide side of the field when the offensive formation is strong into the boundary (short side).

The pre-snap read (PSR) is based on the alignment of the Strong Safety (SS) and the Corners (C). The SS must be deeper than normal in order to cover the deep middle or deep outside.  The read is a rotate by SS; for example, the SS is covering the deep middle or outside.

Also, in this coverage the C to the side of the rotation will be tight (up close) on the wide receiver as they have the flat.

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Route Progression vs. Read Progression

9 Sep

By Mike Wyatt, Head Coach, Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Young coaches that don’t understand the passing game have a fear of it.  Although with the recent explosion of spread offenses, a lot more coaches have become familiar with the passing game and are experts at it. It really is not as hard as some might think.

There are two types of progressions in reading a defense. These are:

  • Route Progression
  • Read Progression

With route progression, a Quarterback will have a primary, secondary and third route to throw to and will go through those reads in that progression: 1st,
2nd, 3rd.

However, with read progression, the Quarterback will focus in on a segment of the coverage and by reading that segment, he will determine which receiver is
primary and which is secondary.

Any well designed passing game will have routes that will feature both types of reads. However, some will have more of one than the other.

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Understanding Coverages: Cover 3 Invert (“Sky” Force)

8 Sep

Three Deep – Invert (“Sky” Force)

Cover 3

The Pre-Snap Read (PSR) is based on the alignment of the Strong Safety (SS) and the Cornerback (C) on the strong side. Teams will typically define the Tight End (Y) as the strong side, however a scouting report will provide this information. If the SS is aligned with less depth than the C, the read is an invert by the SS; for example, the SS is covering the flat, if a receiver is in the flat.

Confirm 3-deep coverage by the alignment of the Free Safety (FS). If the FS is off the hash and favoring the middle, assume that it will be a 3-deep.

Also the QB must be aware of the weak side, if the Weakside Linebacker (W) is in a stack (lined-up behind a defensive lineman or end) or walked off the LOS outside the end man on the line, it denotes a soft corner, with him responsible for the weak flat.

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