I have been wanting to do something different for a while and finally got to it today. This is a narrated a power point on the Quarters Coverage checks. It is a 10 minute video on the main checks that we have for the Quarters Coverage.
Quarters is a great coverage to run behind 7-man front defenses like the 4-3 Defense or the 3-4 Defense. In fact, it is the coverage that I talk about using in my book, Installing Football’s 4-3 Over Defensive Front.
You will find a transcript of this video below.
Much of this stuff was stolen from Quarters Coverage Made Simple by Shap Boyd. That video is all you need to install Quarters Coverage (not an affiliate link, I don’t get a dime there).
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Hi, this is Joe from Football Defense.com and I’m going to talk to you today about the Quarters coverage and some of the checks that we use with it.
A little bit about the Quarters package we used in the past out of the 4-3 defense with 2 high safeties. That will also work well with 3-4, again with two high safeties. It can be adapted to the other defends like 4-2-5. Allows us to adjust our coverage package to almost any formation without changing call from the sidelines. Takes a lot of thought and pressure of the Defensive Coordinator.
Strong and free safety’s make checks to their own sides. You can actually come out with a huge number of formations just because both sides are independent of each other. We want safeties to be confident making the checks on the field. We are never going to jump on them for making the wrong check, and let them know that every check will work because as long as everybody does their responsibility every check will work against every formation. However, I would like them to know that the right check to put us in the best position to cover the offense.
Base check is the read check, this is the one to make one or no receivers removed. It’s our strongest run support cover; this is one that we think a lot just to get 8 or 9 men in the box. We are using our safeties and; it is sort of a robber coverage.
Our safeties are the run force players so your front seven are all trying to spill the ball to the outside. On the run read your safeties are flying up and boxing the play there.
So our safety is going to align outside shade of the number two receiver. Or in this case end man on the line of scrimmage, the Tackle, with only one receiver removed. He is going to be 8 to 10 yard off the ball, going be as tight as he can as tight he can, as tight as his speed and athleticism will allow.
He reads through the line of scrimmage to the quarterback. Look at end man for a run/pass read. He is going to bounce, bounce in place two steps; before he does anything. So he gives two bounces before he is going to go anywhere. That’s his read step there. Real simple to teach, no back pedal or anything like that for his read.
He reads #2 Receiver, on the pass read he gets over the top of the #2 Receiver. If two goes vertical or if two goes inside; stay on the top of him. If two doesn’t go vertical, he’s looking to get underneath the number one. We need to get double coverage on number one. If number two goes down inside fast like a tight end we’re going to jump to number one. And we’re going to get underneath number one with the safety over top of the one with the corner.
The corner is going to be in the outside shade of number one 6-8 yard, it is 7-9 here but we tightened them up a little bit. Stay over the top of number one at all times, unless he runs a “Now” shallow cross inside. If he does that there is no reason for a corners stay of the top of him, we’re looking for something coming back inside, playing off deep.
The outside linebacker, in this case the Will backer, is going to drop outside of number two. This is the more important to tight end for you to get outside of two. He may not have any help there if the corner is taken away by post. And the safety is not going to honor that either. Will needs to get outside to the flat fast. He is not technically a flat player, we don’t want him sprinting out the flat but use the outside too.
The alert check is made with two receiver’s removed. Alert tells us there’s two fast receivers out there, two guys removed, two guys in position to go vertical now. It’s a soft cover two look.
The outside line backer becomes run force. He is going to split different between the end man line of scrimmage and number two receiver.
Safety is going to align inside shade of number two and now he is off 12 of 14 yards. It’s a deep half player now, again reading the number 2 is receiver here, his read doesn’t change the whole lot. He’s still looking for number two to go vertical.
Number two goes vertical he got to get over top of them. If two does not go vertical, two goes in or out then safety needs to find what number 1 is doing. He has got to stay deeper than anybody on his half of the field. And if one gone vertical it’s going to be over top of him.
Corner is going to play 4 to 6 yards outside shade of number one and he’s going to funnel him down inside. Squeeze him down. Try to keep his eyes through number one, on number two.
If one goes down inside he’s not going to chase him. He is just going to back off and pick up number two coming outside into the flats. So again, soft cover two look here, our outside linebacker, the Sam backer here, walls number two on a pass read, expands to one, making sure that two doesn’t cross his face to the inside without getting bumped. And again trying to funnel everything to that deep safety.
And again the Sam, the outside linebacker on the alert side, is the force player on the run read. Your safety back playing deep half and can’t be part of base run stop at this point.
Flat is a variation of alert. Flat is something that we use when we have a threat of the number two receiver being aligned less than seven yard removed and he is in the position we think to run to the flats now. When we’re wanting to get to the corner to be a little more aggressive.
Does not change a whole lot off of the alert, but all we’re going to do is we’re going to tell, basically tell the corner that if two goes flat he’s going to jump him now and let one go as we should be more aggressive playing a flat route by number two when we make a flat check.
Really doesn’t change much for the safety. I think that you can tend to over coach him by telling him anything more than just “this is alert for you.” You see this alignment is alert for you, its alert for the Sam linebacker, the outside line backer, and the only different is that the corner is going jump that out route now.
I think this is not to third coverage that you install. I think you gotta have alert and you gotta have read this is one when you get more sophisticated, you can use it.
Cloud, another coverage that you may not always use. Its coverage we would use, it’s a hard cover two and one that personally I would only use with the tight end and the slot in to the boundary where we can, we got a short field and really want that corner to be involved as the true run support.
The safety is going be playing a deep half so it’s not really different for him. Not much different than he play on alert he’s going to align outside the number two.
The corner is going to be outside shade in a press technique on number one squeezing him inside, eyes on number two. He is the run force player and this allows you to keep your OLB in the box.
You could just as easily play read here and let you safety to be the run force player. It is just a different look and one that if something your corners are adapted to. If you are already teaching press man coverage to the corner basically you have the technique down. It is just another look that you can use.
Nothing really changes for the outside linebacker in cloud from alert.
Clue is something that we use, it is an important coverage check because we want to be able to not to pull against doubles formation. We don’t want to pull both outside linebackers out of the box and leave a four one box with just a Mike backer in there, playing alert to both sides.
So clue is essentially a man coverage, a match-up coverage here where both the safety and the corner reading number two. If the safety reads number two going vertical or in he takes him, locks on a man coverage.
If he goes out the safety goes to number one and the corner takes number two. We work something called a vertical line rule with both our alert check and the clue check. And it applies here that when those two guys cross we switch them off between the safety and the corner.
The OLB doesn’t walk out on clue check because he’s going stay in the box, the whole purpose is to make the checks and keep him in the box.
Swap is the check we make, we’re going to swap down the safety. This is one we run a lot. When we have nub to one side, a nub tight end, we’ll swap the safety and the corner.
Align the safety up in the three by three alignment play like a traditional overhang safety. Let the corner play a deep half player back there.
We’re going to wall number one with the OLB.
Survivor is the last check we’re going to look at. Survivor is used against Trips.
We use this for a backside corner who is going to be on an island, we tell him. It’s going to be one on one with the number one receiver backside of the trips. We’re going to play alert check to the front side number one and number two receiver, we tell them that number three is just the number two receiver from the other side walked over, so you don’t worry about it.
Make a survivor call, the front side safety sees the three receivers, he hollers across to the backside safety “Survivor, Survivor, Survivor!” The backside safety relays that call to corner and let him know that he’s in man coverage.
Only thing that changes at all in coverage are for the Mike in a survivor call is going to get underneath of number three.
Backside corner has got man coverage. Free safety rolls late over the top, we want him to get to the trip side B gap before the snap. He has got to be in the position to jump a vertical by number three receiver when the ball is snapped. That is his biggest concern. He should be in the great position for the post with the Mike getting in underneath it. He is just going to jump a vertical there at all cost.
Those are main checks that we’re going to use in the Quarters coverage. I hope this has given you an idea of several things you can do out with this coverage. We really enjoyed talking to you today and would love you to come over to football-defense.com. Take a look at our website there and all the defense we have to offer you there.