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February 2014

February 2014


Why Cover 4? How this alignment can be effective against both the run and the pass.

by: Richard Shepas
Head Coach, Waynesburg College
© February 2014

A Cover 4 alignment allows the secondary to adjust to various formations and personnel groupings and helps stop the run while also defending the pass.

We have found that Cover 4, with certain adjustments, is the most effective defense in today’s world of high-powered offenses. The coverage adjustments that I have made allow the secondary to be more aggressive against the run. Personnel will always dictate the use of any adjustments based on how much your athletes can typically handle. However, vs. sets like twins, trips and Ace TX trips, you can get an extra defender in the box to make an offense more one-dimensional.

Moreover, playing inside technique vs. an outside receiver make reads harder for the QB, which is ultimately why I like this coverage. There are subtle adjustments that can also be made to deal with insi....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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