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March 2011

March 2011


Tight Quarters – Progression Technique in Trinity College’s Quarters Coverage

by: Kurtis Von Bargen
Outside Linebackers Coach Trinity College
© March 2011

At Trinity College, we are a base 3-4, cover 4 defense. In this scheme, the two outside linebackers act as the adjusters of the defense and are required to play their assignments from a number of different alignments. At Trinity, we put an emphasis on stopping the run with an aggressive attacking-style defense, forcing the offense to become one-dimensional.

    When teams throw the ball, our base coverage is a true quarters (cover 4) pattern- read scheme. While all coverages have a strength and a weakness, we feel that being a zone coverage pattern read team allows us to be fundamentally sound against any look our players might see. The way we teach our base coverage, we are able to give offenses multiple looks, based on their sets, and not have to adjust our coverage.

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