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Offline DKTurtle

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Zone Coverage
« on: September 14, 2017, 11:40:51 PM »
Out of the game this year, but a good chance I'll be coaching 9u next year. At 9u I don't expect much passing and I expect even less good passing. Given that, I hate the idea of my corners looking anywhere other than at the ball. Has anyone successfully adapted this defense to play zone on the back end? I was thinking about putting my best three LB types at the corners and safety and running a cover 3. They likely won't be blocked well from those spots and I would have the OLBs play on the TE if they are the outermost receiver.

Thoughts, advice, past experience doing this, horrible idea in general? Anything is appreciated.
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Re: Zone Coverage
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2017, 02:06:45 AM »
Out of the game this year, but a good chance I'll be coaching 9u next year. At 9u I don't expect much passing and I expect even less good passing. Given that, I hate the idea of my corners looking anywhere other than at the ball. Has anyone successfully adapted this defense to play zone on the back end? I was thinking about putting my best three LB types at the corners and safety and running a cover 3. They likely won't be blocked well from those spots and I would have the OLBs play on the TE if they are the outermost receiver.

Thoughts, advice, past experience doing this, horrible idea in general? Anything is appreciated.

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Re: Zone Coverage
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2017, 12:46:59 PM »
The coverages that rex and rob ran with 46 and zone was similar to a match 3 coverage. The kicker is if there is a TE and there for a 6 or 7 tech lb. He is no longer in the count im the match read and plays flat and back out. The other lb or safety player would read 2-1 and be in the count.

Its 50 nickle essentially if you can find info on it, it was one of buddys many variations.
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Re: Zone Coverage
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2017, 01:01:56 PM »
I believe Mahonz solved this.  Sadly, his boy showed it to me before he died.  I asked him to film it for me.  Obviously, he never did.   :(
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Re: Zone Coverage
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2017, 02:04:43 PM »
CO_Coach_KC and I did it with 5th graders. That particular defense wasn't very good, but we changed a bunch of other stuff too, so we were probably generally unsound.
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Re: Zone Coverage
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2017, 09:03:42 PM »
I don't know if this will help but I faced a team every year for 3 years and they liked to pass.
I usually run Jacks 6-3 and I have ran the KB as well as this one so I made it simple of rmy pea brain and used the crashing line TNT and DEs that hunt had to LBs keying their man in the backfield, and corners in zone like jacks but at 4 yards and instead of the 1 MLB/FS/hybrid I added one more and they worked in tandem if it was run (one in one out) stopping cut back and it ended up being a good run stopper when they did run. But when they passed I had cover 4 with man under. furthest back was about 7 yards.

Basically it was a 5-2 with an inverted coverage.

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Re: Zone Coverage
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2017, 09:33:35 AM »
Faced a team last week, that went from Power I to spread.  Switched to Zone to handle the alignment.   LBs on slots played Bump and chuck.  Corners took 3 step read and react.  I have 2.5-second DEs, so they abandoned the plan quickly. They were 2-5 passing for -7 yards, both Bubble screens hit for a loss.



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Re: Zone Coverage
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2017, 05:08:23 PM »
I will go thru his files. I absolutely cannot remember what he did.

He was in bump but letting them look into the backfield.
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Re: Zone Coverage
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2017, 10:57:13 PM »
I changed something for a team and called it triangle.  The Mike is on the middle RB. The other 2 lbs have played Safety for me so I have them line up outside of the OTs and  3 steps back from the line.  On the snap of the ball them and the Safety take their 3 steps back and find the ball. If there’s a double WR to their side they play out a tad further and still do the same. 

It’s great to start a game with when you have no iidea about the other team. 


I also created Sky. Will drops back with the Safety.  They both line up 8 steps from the ball but  in front of the OTs, maybe a tad wider depending on the team.  The other Lbs get the 2 RBs or SLot.  I’m willing to let the TE be uncovered.  Safeties take their 3 steps back and stop any possible long plays.  Great for 3rd and long or any other possible passing situation. 
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Re: Zone Coverage
« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2017, 09:17:15 PM »
I've done off man before.  Had success with it.  Corners play at 7x1 inside.  Eyes on QB reading three step.  They collision any quick route to protect against double move.  Anything other than quick/three step becomes "eyes on my wr".  Saved the corner's legs a ton.