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March 2008

March 2008


Safety Play in Cover 4

© March 2008

The Army defensive scheme uses zone coverage 99% of the time and the reason for this is simple: it enables the secondary to keep everything in front, make the tackle and play another down. Since switching to a zone scheme four years ago, the number of big plays surrendered in the passing game has been greatly reduced. Army employs multiple coverages: 2, 3, 4 and many variations. However, the coverage which Army hangs it hat on is Cover 4.

No coverage can defend everything and Cover 4 is no exception. Some advantages of Cover 4 are that it enables the defense to heavily involve the safeties in run support; it protects the deep seams vs. a vertical passing game; and it takes the pressure off the LBs in jamming and protecting the underneath seams.

Cover 4 has its weaknesses as well. One drawback is that there is no deep ....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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