I love using 2 high safeties because of the ability to disguise coverages and blitzes much more effectively. The disadvantage is being left with 7 guys in the box.
Quarters coverage is the best solution I’ve found, or at least the one I understand the best. Using the checks system you can get a good match-up and a numbers advantage no matter what.8 Advantages of Quarters Coverage
- Ability to have 8 and even 9 men in the box to help stop the run. Using the Read Check against 21 Personnel, the defense can get 9 men down in the box if both safeties are getting run reads. The back side safety helps with counter-reverse-bootleg responsibility, allowing the backside Linebacker to get on his horse.
- One Coverage Call. Sure you’ll have some other coverages, but Quarters is effective against any alignment, any situation.
- One Coverage Look. All of your checks, and even different coverages like Cover 3, will look the same pre-snap.
- Minimal Technique Changes. As you change the coverage call and checks, your defensive backs don’t have to change techniques every time. For example, the Safety will only play up at 8-9 yards (Read Check) or off at 12-14 yards (Alert Check). But we can run 4 or 5 other checks, where other players change their technique and the safety simply runs his Read or Alert responsiblity.
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