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August 2008

August 2008


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Confusing the Quarterback & Offensive Coordinator
by: Tony Pierce
Defensive Coordinator, Alabama State University
© August 2008

“Everyone knows that Peyton Manning knows where to throw the ball vs. Cover 2.” This statement was made by Brian Urlacher, All-Pro linebacker with the Chicago Bears after the loss to the Colts in a recent Super Bowl. Brian was right. As a matter of fact most high school quarterbacks know where to throw the ball against a Cover 2 defense. So why are defenses still lining up in a 4-3 Cover 2 set and letting the spread offenses move the ball while the defense still runs the same front and coverage?

Having been fortunate to spend time on the offensive side of the ball coaching running backs under Don Nehlen at West Virginia and Mark Richt at Georgia helped me to learn some of the mindsets of quarterbacks like Marc Bulger and David Greene and what their reading progressions were. I realized how the defense was making it easy on th....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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