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April 2008

April 2008


Techniques for \'Effective\' Cover 2

by: Tim Cooper
Defensive Backs Coach, Miami University (OH)
© April 2008

The topic of this article is on playing ‘effective’ Cover 2 techniques. We need to first look at what our idea of effective means. This is crucial in how you teach the LBs and DBs to play their techniques, especially the corners. I truly believe you have to make a decision on what you want Cover 2 to do for you. Do you want to run Cover 2 to help in the pass game or to stop the run? To play effective Cover 2, I believe you need to emphasize one or the other. You can do both; however, you need to have a starting point that is considered your ‘base’ way of playing the technique. You can always add ‘change ups’ or ‘tags’ to change the technique. For us at Miami we think of effective Cover 2 as forcing the offense to throw to the underneath zones where we can pursue up and tackle the ball carrier for a very short gain.

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