For anyone running a 3-5-3 or 4-2-5 Defense, you’ve run into the issue of an 8-Man front against 4 vertical threats. Teams are going to try to hit you on the seams if you are a Cover 3 team. Just plan for it.
Along with mixing up the coverages, you have a couple of options to still be a strong Cover 3 team against even the most aggressive passing offenses in your district. Watch the video below on defending four verticals with your Cover 3, and keep your base coverage sound!
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Transcript of Defending 4 Verticals out of Cover 3:
Hi! This is Joe Daniel of Football-Defense.com. Today we’re talking about Defending Four Verticals out of Cover Three. Cover three is one of that coverage’s that has obvious just like any other coverage’s serve in weak spots in the four verticals. Four vertical routes getting in to your deep coverage’s we’ve only got three deep. Is the biggest weak spot that you can have in cover three? There are other places that you could hit cover three like flats maybe a little soft out there. But obviously those verticals routes in your safe deep zone where knows be caught into big hit so we are our way to play that. The cover three is the great coverage’s the one that’s going to be your base coverage’s that simple to teach. But this is couple different techniques that you’ve really got to spend against the time on if you are going to roll a lot on cover three. Because what you’re going to see a lot of mother offenses with the thread forms verticals. First of all the easiest part as quarterbacks, quarterbacks going to be handling this outside routes gettingBear a rush. So their get back in cover three playing a deep third. They’re going to make sure the D’s they back stay over top in the third and there’s going to work with this guy. If he tries to run the sideline they’re want to get inside fit on him. So if he continues to run out here. You’ll get to the sideline run that fade route they’re want to work their way to the inside fit. Where they can stay on his inside and they can squeeze him now they’re want to squeeze him as they’re looking back to the football. Because where zone coverage’s we’re not turning ourselves to the men we’re turning ourselves back to the inside. So if he seen this guy and his working his way back or you must be on the turn with his hands squeezing that guy. Being able to see that quarterback dealing receivers with his hands and as his doing that he was really trying to squeeze him to the sideline to leaning to him. Feel his hands leaning to him squeeze down the space. Because the more he can squeeze these guys out to the sideline the less route there is for the quarterback to drop football in there. So really want to squeeze this guy out to sideline same thing on the other side with both cores. The free safety is going to look to help to the wide side of the field. As our safety as our strong safety over here steps is going to have three steps to the cover three because his to contain player he get to run. So he has to read steps he needs to go a good read out of the end man it is a good I had read. Passive real this guy that is get now his eyes immediately if you’re going to run pick up the number two receiver. If that number two receivers come out forward may have to try the collision him and knock him off his route there. You must try the collision it knock off his timing then guys try get to that scene. Our free safety is working back as he sees that work release his working his way over the top here. We’re going to pick our strong safety to be more run responsible player be more like a linebacker or in this case 4-2-5 defense. We’re to pick our strong safety to be more a linebacker here. Our weak safety on the other hand is going to be an athlete somebody who’s capable of coverage’s. So the first play we’re going to handle this is again is going to read steps turn then if he sees that guy releasing. We’re going to carry him with the weak safety so we going to work to carry him. Move collision and carry those guys about ten yards and they’re going to settle off about ten yards about the strong safety play out here. We got this release by number two on the weak side knowing the free safety’s has been train. Lean his help his not going to jump this he’s going to lean his help. Keeping line that this a wall round of route as long as his leaning and helping this way his going to have time on that long throw about the quarterback. His going to have time to get over there and make a play on it. The weak safety there is going to really get this guy base to play and men coverage’s as he goes verticals. We’re going to carry this all the way down the field in the first play that we have in plays. And that case you’re weak safety is getting a lot rocks on that stepping, reading opining out the snapping his eyes out to that number two receiver. If his going his going to get that hand inside hand on and going to start running with him. Big piece become a cover man from now on the vertical ball his got long safety help. Safety got his leaning here a long throw his got sometimes get back over coz it’s not going to be huge about help. Weak safety going to be count for the bend there and that’s something you can work a lot you can do. The next thing we can do is teach our corners to handle the four verticals with our safety and not involve with the backers so much it. Again this is going to take a bit of coaching it’s going to take a quite a bit of work once you get start working immediately. If you’re going to be a cover three team and play this one. So again we got our weak safety, strong safety or corners if 10 yards off. Free safety 12, 14 or some team play 14 to 17 it’s matter of how deep you are playing in there. We still going to warn the strong safety to step with the high hot and get out and try the collision in the sky knock him off to this time trough timing off. So he step, read it get out the collision we definitely want that collision willing out. We’re run out of corners, we get our short side of corners be aggressive and play that number one receiver to his side just like his been doing. We can let him be more aggressive there’s a short side with the middle of the field his going to play is kind of similar. As we get this vertical routes coming out here the corner is going to play his zone so we’re play a little more of his zone. About here and the corner once to fade here to the shoulder throw, the shoulder throw been the scene route. The scene route to shoulder throw long throw out to the side of corner is going to fade a little bit to the short throw here. Knowing that if he is been trained very well he break to play that ball in the air out to this side to the corner here or to the out sideline here. Or you can break that and help here same thing with the free safety the free safety got this powerful here. Short of throw he was to be able to split this suite favoring where we needs a favor force one side of the field. If we’re going to left this corner and lock one here his going to favor a little bit more to the short side. With this corner favoring more to the C, so his wearing what we need it in this case his favor here, favor here. We can also favor to the strong side just defending on what we’ve got on the time of best receiver over on that wide or best quarterbacks on that wide side. Give him a little more responsibility, there’s so much out available to you. Those are couples ways to play Four Verticals out of Cover Three. Definitely lots of changes on great way to play Cover Three are just move to new cover or one cover. Coz we’re going to lock down line man coverage’s knocks of you all the time. Especially if you don’t think you guys are capable to play man on every snap. Put something that could give the deep the offense on different look without really changing too much of your alignment here. Just give you something different to use against them. Hope that something could be useful to use to preparing your defense. Stuff by Football-Defense.com. 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