The other eight players not responsiblefor the other three elements of End RunForce. All pursuit players must maintain aninside-out relationship on the ball carrierand have the awareness of other defend-ers’pursuit angles. Our basic rule in pursu-ing to the football is to close to the nearshoulder of the ball carrier while not follow-ing your own colored jersey.Each defense we call will have one ofthe four End Run Force schemes:
1. Sky Support:
Free safety or rover is“force” player.
2. Cloud Support:
Corner is the “force”player.
3. Bronco Support:
Linebacker is the“force” player.
4. Easy Support:
End is the “force” player.Diagram 2 (Sky Support), Diagram 3(Cloud Support) and Diagram 4 (BroncoSupport) demonstrate how our defensivebacks and linebackers support the end run.
Zone Coverage (Base)
Zone coverage is the backbone of ourdefensive coverage package. Our basezone coverage is a very flexible package inwhich we align in a four spoke secondarywith the philosophy of dropping sevendefenders in coverage. The free safety(strongside) primarily works with the Samlinebacker, Mike linebacker, and corner. Our
rover (weakside) works with the Will line-backer and corner to the weak side. The cor-ner’s base alignments are at seven yardsand head up. The free safety and rover alignat a depth of 10-12 yards deep (dependingon coverage) and are given a landmark ofaligning two yards inside or outside the hashdepending on ball placement and formation.Our base coverage is simply called“zone.” In Zone, each safety has the option ofmaking one of three calls; Sky, Sink, orFunnel. In order to make the proper call, thesafeties are given rules in which they use tocontrol their side of the formation. The safe-ty’s call to each side will depend on the num-ber of receivers to their side, the receiver(s)alignment, or the receiver(s) splits. In num-bering offensive personnel, we count fromoutside in to the ball.The following rules are given to oursafeties to use in Zone:
Sky call given on the strong side byfree safety when the No. 2 receiver is in the“C” area (tight end position) and there is anormal split of No. 1 receiver. Sky call isgiven by rover on weak side when there isa normal split of No. 1 receiver.
Sink call given by free and rover whenthere are two receivers outside “C” area.
Funnel call given by the free safetyand rover if the No. 1 receiver takes a shortsplit or motions to a tight split for releasingpurposes or for blocking purposes.In each coverage Sky, Sink and Funnel,the coverage name not only tells the sec-ondary and linebackers their pass responsibil-ity but also dictates the run support scheme toeach side. Even though there are strengthsand weaknesses of each coverage, we feelthe coverage called based off these rules giveour players the best coverage to be most suc-cessful both against the run and pass basedoff offensive alignments and formations.
Sky Coverage is a quarters-based cov-erage where the primary support of the runis handled by the safety (Sky support). Thecorners in Sky are pass defenders first andhave the role of secondary support versusthe run. Sky is a run-based coverage whichaggressively allows your safeties to getinvolved in the running game. When oursafeties support the run in Sky, it enablesus to involve nine players against the run.Sky pass drops can be seen in Diagram 5on both the strong side and weak side.
Corner Progression: SkyAlignment:
Seven yards deep andhead-up.
Back peddle to inside-postposition.
Ball to No. 1.
Man-to-man concept on alldeep routes (take off, post, post- corner) ofNo. 1. Intermediate routes of No. 1 (curl, dig,crossers) corner becomes halves player.
Free/Rover Progression: SkyAlignment:
Ten yards deep; two yardsflexibility off hash.
Ball to No. 2.
As sig n me n t :
Free safety on strongside. Read No. 2. Vertical release play No.2. Flat release No. 2, play curl to post. Dragrelease of No. 2, route recognition.Rover on weak side. Read No. 2. verti-cal release play No. 2. No vertical release,curl/flat drop relating off No. 2.
Linebacker Drops: SkySam:
Hook/stretch to curl (all threereceivers outside).
Sink coverage is a coordinated coverageran against a two wide receiver set. This typeof read coverage can turn into either truequarters or a Cover 2 concept based off therelease of the No. 2 receiver. The primarysupport of the run is handled by the corner(Cloud support), but is a wide force concept.With a three over two look on the outside,Sink offers a safe and sound answer to boththe run and pass. The safety and corner’sresponsibility versus the pass can changewith the release of the No. 2 receiver.Diagram 6 demonstrates Sink pass drops
Diagram 2: Sky SupportDiagram 3: Cloud SupportDiagram 4: Bronco SupportDiagram 5: Sky Coverage