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Offline coachnick

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zone coverage and walling recievers
« on: December 05, 2014, 07:27:39 AM »
My head coach and I went to a practice(Wed) of a team who is in the state championship finals.  This team is a perennial power who has 6 state titles in the last 15 years and numerous appearances in the finals. They are a wing t team and a 52 slant on defense.  They play zone coverage and are very basic on defense.  Fundamental but basic.  One thing I noticed during their drills and pass skelly periods is no coach ever talked about walling a crosser off in zone coverage.  I think this is one of the most important and overlooked aspects of teaching modern day zone coverage.  I think it should be drilled during lb and db indy periods daily.  Anyone have thoughts on this?

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Re: zone coverage and walling recievers
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2014, 09:49:58 AM »
Go into your "walling off a crosser"

Pattern reading a crosser is very difficult

Also most 50 teams spot drop I find too and not pattern read
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Re: zone coverage and walling recievers
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2015, 08:21:23 PM »
You have to have some type of crosser rules within your defense:

I normally use a lot of 1 or 2 high route reading schemes and this is how my rules typically work:

SLB and Weak Safety run with 2nd crosser.

WLB and MLB run with 1st crosser.
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Re: zone coverage and walling recievers
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2015, 12:07:30 PM »
My head coach and I went to a practice(Wed) of a team who is in the state championship finals.  This team is a perennial power who has 6 state titles in the last 15 years and numerous appearances in the finals. They are a wing t team and a 52 slant on defense.  They play zone coverage and are very basic on defense.  Fundamental but basic.  One thing I noticed during their drills and pass skelly periods is no coach ever talked about walling a crosser off in zone coverage.  I think this is one of the most important and overlooked aspects of teaching modern day zone coverage.  I think it should be drilled during lb and db indy periods daily.  Anyone have thoughts on this?
Their eyes have to be great at reading the QB if they don't wall.  The counter argument against walling WR's is the shallow cross with a dig or drag behind the cross.  LB's come towards the LOS to wall the crosser and the QB hits the drag or dig behind it for a larger gain.  So...in other words, the problem becomes the defender chasing the WR to wall.  There has to be a balance in the rules so the defender doesn't take himself out of position.