Cover 3 Defense For Football

The most popular and common defensive coverage in football today is the Cover 3. There is good reason for this, as the Cover 3 is the easiest coverage to teach, the most catch-all coverage, and one of the most effective coverages in terms of stopping the run.

Underneath Coverage

The strength of the Cover 3 defense is that it creates an 8-man front. This means that you have 8 players who’s first responsibility is stopping the running game of the opponent. The two flat defenders, the region closest to the sidelines and within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, are going to be responsible for containing any running plays and forcing them back inside. Two other players are responsible for the hook to curl area, primarily the area around the hashes. They are going to be focused on stopping the inside running game first, before dropping to their pass coverage zones.

Pass Rush

Four players in the Cover 3, usually the 4 down-linemen in a 4-3 Defense or 4-4 Defense, will be looking to control a gap and stop the run, as well as rushing the Quarterback on passing plays. An effective pass rush out of these guys makes the Cover 3 coverage even more effective. There are holes in the coverage, but a great pass rush forces the Quarterback to find them quickly or pay the price!

The Deep Ball

The coverage is called Cover 3 because of the 3 deep pass defenders. From an area roughly 10-12 yards from the line of scrimmage, to the back of the end zone, we divide the field into 3 imaginary zones. In high school, these zones are from the sidelines to the hashes, and from hash to hash in the middle of the field.

The corner backs are normally responsible for the two outside thirds of the field. They must prevent any receiver from getting behind them. In particular, they must run with Go routes and Fade routes by the #1 receiver, the receiver closest to the sideline.

The Free Safety handles the middle of the field. He is a สมัครเข้าเว็บหลัก ufabet  roamer. Nothing can get behind him, and he must be able to effectively handle the Post Route from either side. The Free Safety is also expected to give help to the Corners when the ball is thrown. A speedy, athletic Free Safety can also run the alley. The alley is the area between the hook-curl defenders forcing the running game to the outside, and the flat or contain defenders forcing the play back inside. While the cornerbacks are expected to have little impact on the outcome of the running game, the Free Safety can have an enormous impact if he is not only athletic, but a physical and effective tackler.

Spot Dropping or Pattern Reading

In recent years, pattern reading has become very popular. This is the technique of reading the routes of certain receivers and adjusting coverages based on those routes. While pattern reading certainly has its place, and we at Football-Defense.com teach pattern reading, it is not always necessary.