Category Archives: Cover 4

Zone Coverages of the 50 Defense

I grew up playing against a true 50 defense in middle school and high school. Our defensive coordinator called it a 3-4, but he was bringing both OLB’s the majority of the time. We played a lot of zone defense. The defensive linemen two – gapped on a large percentage of our snaps. Now, this was before the invention of the spread, but there are good high school football teams that run a 50 defense and are successful against the spread.

This post will discuss how to use the 50 defense successfully with regards to zone coverage. Continue reading

Michigan State 4-3 Over Defense by Rob Lee

Here’s some football clips, sponsored by eFootballFlix, on the Michigan State 4-3
over front defense.

The full-length video on the eFootballFlix site is about an hour and a half in length, and it’s one of those where a lot of it is really good stuff.

michigan state 4-3 defense versus power o

Watch the clips to see how Michigan State’s 4-3 Defense is successful versus Power, like we see here.

You can get the full length video and stream it on-demand by signing up for eFootballFlix (they’ve got about 1,000 other video’s as well). Regardless, here’s some free clips below that show some of the nuggets in that video! Continue reading

3 Insights to Improve Quarters Coverage Including Video

It’s not a myth that quarters coverage is becoming a top choice for defenses of every front, philosophy and persuasion.

As such, here are 3 insights on how to improve quarters coverage. These aren’t the only things I believe in, but I definitely think they are true most of the time.

By the way, the third insight includes some video on adjusting quarters! Continue reading

3 Ways to Defend Trips Formations from 1 Coverage Shell

Defending trips formations, even with many more spread formations, is still a tough task. Many teams will still check to one automatic blitz or one automatic coverage.

Well, that ends today! I want to show you 3 examples of how to defend trips from the exact same coverage shell.

For many of you, these are pretty safe adjustments too, meaning you’ve probably already got something like them in your playbook. You might not need my exact adjustment for defending trips formations, but maybe you can tweak your already existing concept.

We’ll present one slightly tweaked zone coverage adjustment, one man coverage adjustment, and finally a zone blitz. Again, all of these will come from the same shell. That way, you don’t need to teach new adjustments or give any tells to the offense. Continue reading

FishDuck.com Guest Post on Split Coverages in Football

I wrote a guest post for FishDuck.com!. Make sure you check it out! It’s on split coverages in football (think quarter-quarter-half, 2 read and traditional cover 4, etc…). Here is a small excerpt….

Split coverages, whether they’re regarded as such, are used by many high school, college, and pro teams. While most teams also have a balanced zone coverage, like cover 3 or cover 2, split coverages are growing more popular. Perhaps TCU is best known for successfully implementing split coverage schemes.

Consistently one of the top defenses in college football, details on the TCU 4-2-5 defense are among the most sought-after topics in the football coaching community today. Whether it’s playbook information, or even a clinic talk, the concept of split coverages is very popular today, whether a team implements a 4-2-5 defense or another scheme.

If you want to read more, check out FishDuck’s blog post Split Coverages in Football.

Also, check out ChiefPigskin.com!.

Cover 4 versus the 2 x 2 Spread Offense Pass

Cover 4 versus the 2×2 Spread Offense – Football Coaching Video

Cover 4 is a great way to defend the 2×2 Spread Offense passing game. It allows you to keep a six man box and defend 4 verticals “right out of the box”. For more information on the basics of the cover 4 defense, and it’s slight variation in 2 Read or otherwise known as Cover Blue by TCU fanatics, check out the football coaching video below.

Cover 4 / Quarters Coverage Information Available In This Video

You’ll discover unique information on running the cover 4 defense. This will detail the responsibilities of the cornerback in cover 4 and also the safety’s responsibilities in cover 4. In addition to this, you will learn some of the variations of cover 4, including 2 read, and how leverage is critical for this formation so it can adequately defeat the run and passing game from the spread offense. You’ll learn some of the strengths of cover 4 and the weaknesses of this quarters coverage versus spread 2×2 sets. Overall, this video offers you a basic chalk talk on the main uses of cover 4 in defending the pass against the 2×2 spread offense.

BTW, if you like these videos, check out ChiefPigskin because there are a bunch of great videos!

Backside Safety Play in Cover 4 or Quarters Coverage versus Play Action and the Running Game

Deuce @ Football is Life

Deuce runs an excellent blog and this may not be his only appearance on the top 10 blog posts of the year. He does an excellent job of detailing the 4-2-5 defense in general.

Reviewing How Safety Play in Quarters Coverage versus Running Plays and Play Action Passes

This blog post details how the backside safety in a quarters scheme should play the running game and play action. While he uses the 4-3 defense in his examples, this can be applied to other defenses using a quarters scheme. While cover 4 and its variants offer terrific run support, the big play weaknesses scare many coaches away from it. Deuce does a terrific job detailing the intricacies of backside safety play in cover 4, offering some great insight on this important aspect of cover 4/quarters based schemes.

Click here to read Deuce’s post on backside safety play in quarters coverage schemes. You can follow Deuce’s twitter by clicking here!

P.S.

Chiefpigskin’s still rolling out some great free videos.
Looking for plays that beat the backside safety? Check out this play action pass concept from the Vikings.