Pat Narduzzi, Defensive Coordinator for Michigan State, has recently come out with a new video series through Championship Productions on the 4-3 Over Defense with Cover 4 behind it. The 4-3 Over / Cover 4 Defense Set was obviously one that interested me, since I’m a big fan of this style of defense.Stopping the Run with the 4-3 Over / Cover 4 DefenseNarduzzi’s 4-3 Over front is very similar to the one we talk about here at Football-Defense.com, and the one presented in my 4-3 Over Defensive Front eBook. The base defense has very few differences. 5 and 1 techniques to the weak side, 3 and 9 techniques on the strong side. Backers are in 50′s, outside shade of the Tackles and a strong 10 technique (strong A-Gap) for the Mike.
Narduzzi does not go heavily into the reads and keys for the front 7. The biggest difference that I saw was in the responsibility of the ‘backers. They are free to run, with the Safeties having almost all cutback responsibilities.The great thing about the Stopping the Run with the 4-3 Over Video is the cut-ups. Narduzzi breaks down the run fits in great detail on a large number of running plays of all varieties, from Iso, Sweep, Options, Zone Reads, and more. The Safety and Corner fits in the run are featured as much as the front.
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