One of the most common questions I see is on the cornerback play in Quarters. The reason for this is the wide variety of techniques that corners are asked to play, from one Quarters team to another.
Examples of Man Cover Corners in Quarters
You may be familiar with the Press Corner technique presented in the Michigan State Cover 4 DVDs, where the corners play an inside leverage, press man technique. This is essentially a lock-down man coverage on the #1 receivers. The advantages are numerous if you have the kids to handle it. For us, we do not have the physical corners to play this technique every down.Other coaches use similar techniques but from an off position. They tell the corners to play man coverage on the #1 receiver unless he runs a shallow cross. If he does an immediate inside route, the corner is to drop off and look for a new #1. This fits the pattern read zone concept – except that the number of patterns to read is pretty limited.
- If he goes inside, zone to look for a new #1.
- Anything else, lock on #1.
Simple, to the point, but a little more strict than what I advocate you to do with your secondary.
Quarters is a Pattern Read Zone
Whether you use a number of checks in your Quarters Coverage, like we do, or you play one vanilla variety of Quarters, you are most likely using pattern reading. Pattern reading involves reading the release of one or more receivers, and matching up with receivers based off of that release.
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