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October 2012

October 2012


RED ZONE COVERAGES AND PHILOSOPHY To shut down a passing attack near the goal line, consider cover 7.

by: Joe Klanderman
Defensive Coordinator Minnesota State University
© October 2012

To look at pass defense in the Red Zone, it is important to first identify the different areas of the Red Zone. We typically break the Red Zone into three areas from the 20-10 yard line, where offenses have the majority of their package intact, from the 10-2 yard line where offenses are somewhat restricted in what they can do in the passing game, and from the 2 to the goal line, where typically bigger personnel groups are brought in and the style of play becomes more goal line/short yardage. Clearly, these zones differ from team to team, and it is up to you as a coordinator to see where these break lines/shifts in tendency occur.

Im going to concentrate on the area inside the 10-yard line. Defenses have a tremendous advantage in this area when it comes to defending the pass. The field is condensed, which eliminates some pa....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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