This Spring we have gone back to true Pattern Reading in our Quarters Coverage. While our coverage was once a true Pattern Read, last season we adjusted it to being more of a traditional Cover 2 Zone Coverage with spot dropping. While the experiment was a good one in theory, it turned out to not give us what we wanted. This year we are back to pattern reading.
I have never been big on Linebacker pass coverage. While I like a lot of ideas that I read on paper, I know that we will spend 75% of our Individual time on run defense. We open with a read drill where we read down blocks, zone blocks, reach blocks and pulls in both directions. We top it off with one High Hat read. Then we fit on inside and outside runs, we block destruct, we tackle, we practice takeaways… and if there’s time, we get a couple of pass drops in. It’s a wonder my kids even know how to open their hips up and run.
But the communication we have been using this year, and the way we have been teaching Quarters, is working well so far. Keep in mind this is mostly 7 on 7 work, so when you throw in the possibility of a running play, we may not look so sharp (we are also changing to Guard Reads, so no one is an “expert” in what we do right now). This is taken from a book on pattern reading Cover 2, Cover 3 and Cover 4 – not Quarters – so it will work with any style of pattern read.
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