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4-2-5

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Solo, often referred to by old-school Quarters coverage guys as "Poach" is basically Blue (2 read) to the
number one and number two receivers on a trips side. In the TCU 4-2-5, the read side corner, strong
safety (SS) and free safety (FS) will all play blue coverage to the number one and two receivers. The
number three receiver strong is handled by both the read side linebacker and the away side safety. The
weak side corner will cover the single receiver man-to-man, and the away side linebacker (LB) will take
the running back in man coverage also.

Here are the individual rules:
Read side:
Corner: All of 1 vertical/Swing deep of 2
FS: All of 2 vertical; 2 not vertical and in, rob curl to post of 1, 2 not vertical and out, man 1.
SS: Curl/Flat/Swing deep of 3.
LB: Strong hook, short wall 3.

Away side:
Corner: Man #1.
WS: Deep 1/2, all of 3 vertical.
LB: Man #2.

Pros of Solo Coverage

Right off the bat you can see that the simplicity of the coverage is that the read side needs no new
teaching (with the exception of the wall off technique by the read side linebacker). This is nothing more
than the simple "X-out" concept many loaded zone coverages employ. The away side is also a relatively
simple assignment as well, since kids have been playing man-to-man since they were first put on
playgrounds. Also, the run support to the read side is very solid, with the SS still being in a great position
to force the football from his normal alignment.

Cons of Solo Coverage

The weak side run support is the biggest issue I know of with Solo coverage. The WS is put in a bind in
that if the number three receiver goes vertical, he MUST honor that release, leaving the force player late
to the party on the away side. However, you must remember, the read side is always set to the wide side
of the field when the ball is on a hash, so there is not much room for the offense to maneuver to the single
receiver side. In the middle of the field though, I would say this could be a recipe for some big gains,
particularly if your opponent is used to sending its receivers vertical. The other issue is the WS's ability to
get over the number three receiver when he is running vertical. Another tough issue, is when the vertical
of three becomes a corner route. There is some much needed seven-on-seven time with Solo
coverage. Another issue that arises is that most times the single receiver in a trips set is the best receiver
of the bunch, and if they pit him against your corner, you could see some mismatches based on
personnel.

Another con is flood routes to the read side. Depending on how you declare receivers vertical, you can
be caught in a pinch if you are not careful. The flood route is as dangerous as one may think, but does
take some work to perfect.

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