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Offline coachnick

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cover 3 safety
« on: April 19, 2010, 06:35:28 PM »
4-4 coaches.  when you are playing cover 3 against pro formations (pro right/left)   Are you cheating your safety up to fill for the run? 

What are you coaching him up to do in cover 3 against 2 by 1 sets with two backs?

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Re: cover 3 safety
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2010, 05:55:36 AM »
4-4 coaches.  when you are playing cover 3 against pro formations (pro right/left)   Are you cheating your safety up to fill for the run? 

What are you coaching him up to do in cover 3 against 2 by 1 sets with two backs?

In cover 3 he is reponsible for pass first so he is not "cheating up" to fill for he run.  If you want him in better run support position, play inverted cover 2.

Here are our coaching points for the saftey in cover 3:
    The safety's alignment will depend on the offensive formation. A simple rule that will put you in the best position to make the play is ten yards deep on the "mid-point" between the widest receiver to each side. Think of you and the widest receivers forming a ten yard high pyramid with you at the top of the pyramid. Most of the time this rule will put you in the proper position, however there are exception. If a wide receiver's alignment is greater then twelve the safety alignment should be as deep as the widest receiver is wide. When there are two or more split receivers to one side the safety may have to cheat beyond  the "mid-point" if the receivers stretch the field. How far the safety must cheat his alignment will depend on the position of the ball (middle or hash ) on the field and the wide receivers alignment. Remember, cut down the space the receivers have to run routes in by your alignment – be in position to make the play on the inside route if all receivers go vertical. An example of when to cheat alignment and when not to: two receivers split into the sideline, stay on the field mid-point, the sideline will cut down the space. Two receivers split to the open side of the field, cheat your alignment to the receivers.

    Verse trips cheat over to offensive tackle to the passing strength.

    Order of keys:
    •   Release of #2 to passing strength
    •   Backfield action
    •   Level of the ball
    •   Quarterback
    •   Receivers (inside out) – receiver who poses most immediate threat to middle third
    Have a pre-snap awareness for alignment of #2 (Tight or Wide)

    Key the uncovered offensive lineman to get a run or pass read as you take read steps in your back peddle. Think pass first! If you don't know what the play is stay in your back peddle.

    Read the quarterback and his drop. Pickup the receivers while looking at the while QB. Read receivers from the inside out. Key the none throwing hand of the QB for the release. Hand drops prepare to break on the ball.

    If you are having trouble finding the ball stay in your back peddle and stay deep.


    Run: Work up the "Alley" from the inside to the outside.
    Pass:  deep middle third


    Verse the pass
    The safety should key the ball to the receiver(s) who poses an immediate threat to the deep middle third.  At the snap of the ball, the safety starts his backpedal and makes his run pass read.  If he has read pass, the safety must adjust his drop to take an angle so that he is at the midway point between the two cornerbacks.  The safety should key the release of the #2 receiver to the two receiver side.  Versus a pro formation this is the tight end. If the #2 receiver releases vertical, the safety must be prepared to go deep. 

    When the safety is threatened by two vertical routes in the deep middle third, he should position himself on top of and in between the two receivers, key the quarterback, and react to the throw.

    If the #2 receiver runs an underneath route, the safety should look for a post pattern from the #1 receiver(s).

    Verse the run
    • Insure pass responsibility of #2 to passing strength
    • Verse Sweep: Alley inside out to the ball verse unbalanced formation, insure the block of #2
    • Verse Option: Level through the dump pass lane, anticipating dump pass, insure pass, insure block before rallying to ball.  Play QB to pitch
    • Verse Base Block: Anticipate ball coming off LOS and post/ slant by flanker insure pass until the ball breaks LOS, judge the speed of the ball

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