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Understanding Coverages: Cover 0 Man (“Zero Man”)

17 Sep

Cover 0 Man

This coverage is a straight man-to-man with no safety help.  The pre-snap read (PSR) is based on the alignment of the Safeties.

Usually in Man coverage, the Strong Safety (SS) will play head up on the Tight End (TE) and the Free Safety (FS) will play shallow on the weak side. Typically, there is no safety in the middle of the field.

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Old School: The “A” Formation

15 Feb

Hashmarks were closer to the sidelines in the 20s and 30s than they are today, so offenses favored running to the wide side of the field.  As a result, formations were routinely unbalanced to that side which created a pronounced strongside.

This was particularly true in the fledgling NFL, where power running was the principal method of moving the chains and, when it came to power, the Single Wing ruled.  So did the Notre Dame Box.


(Single Wing)


(Notre Dame Box)

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