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2 Read Coverage -Why 2 Read? It is the best of both worlds.

It is quarters and cover 2 mixed together, sprinkled with robber concepts. How can you go wrong mixing some of the greatest coverages together? What I like about 2 read is has little to no weaknesses, b/c you are running a pattern reading coverage it can become straight man, or squat 1/2's cover 2 simply based on what the distribution of receivers are doing. Isn't that what we are trying to do...cover receivers? So long as I'm in a 2 high safety defense, I will run 2 read. Yes, I mix in some robber and some true squat 1/2's cover 2 from time to time and the occasional cover 3 (rotational), but once I switched to 2 read I ran it 90% of the time. Best coverage in all football... -2-Read-TCU Blue Coverage -I like 2 Read vs a displaced #2 (twins) and robber/Cov4 vs a Tite #2 If you build these rules into your secondary, they can call the coverage rather than yourself. Any 2X2 or 2X1 set can be handled with these rules and then you build in your trips checks. Makes your base calls very easy. I just call Base Check coveragere and we are rolling from here. Obviously, i dont do this everydown, i will implement blitzes and what not but this is our pure alignment based of the above rules -I call our 2-read Zone Auto and I base the coverage call on the split of the #1 & #2 wr. Blue is Cover 2 Orange is Cover 4 If the wr's split are far apart then my safety's call orange coverage to that side, if they are close or "normal" distance then we call it Blue....Blue can change to Orange based on the route of #2 but Orange stays orange. I love this coverage -We called it 4 Read and ran C-4 (robber) unless #2 was removed and it cured a ton of ills. As most have stated, as a base, this coverage handles 90% of what the offense is trying to do. Rep it, rep it, rep it. Essentially, (in 4-3) you gain your OLB as a run first player as the corner and safety read #2's release. If #2 out now = C-2, if anything else = C-4. The issues are as coachdub2911 has said, wide splits between #1 & #2 making your safety uncomfortable getting over the top of #1 = check it to C-4. You are a tad bit slower with the safety in read as a run fit player because he is looking at #2 and not the Tackle for run/pass read. I think the fact the backer isn't stressed to play wide flat helps over all though. -Basics: CB - you have #1 until #2 comes to you FS - there are three things from #2: -vertical -in -out we define vertical as anything by #2 that clears the heels of the underneath coverage man (S$/OLB) I don't care what route you call it; does #2 go in, out, or vertical? If a player blows the coverage, ask this question: What did #2 do? Don't ask why did you do ______? If he can't tell you that #2 went in, out, or vertical, then you know that he wasn't reading his key.

If #1 goes deep. you say m2m on #1.. the safety is the run force. -It is that simple. -The only time you have to worry about the 'final' #2 is if there is motion. so rather than dropping to a 1/4 afterwards.. If #2 goes deep or threatens his zone.. If #1 releases outside or goes deep. If #2 goes deep. They read #2 off the snap. If #2 goes deep and #1 goes short. but it works like cover 4 because the CB will be dropping to his deep 1/4. the safety drops and looks to #1.. As he drops. the CB takes him.. the CB leaves him and continues dropping to his 1/4.. he now looks to #2. Now who has the flats if #3 (RB) runs a out route to the flats??? SS or olb has flat swing deep of three. . -CB's read #1. Normally the rules are something along these lines: #2 Out: CB cover #2 Safety over the top of #1 #2 In: CB m/m #1 Safety look for work #2 Vertical: CB m/m #1 Safety m/m #2 It can really be that simple. The read is #2 at the snap. or runs a short route. So. If the CB ends up looking off to #2. but he looks for crossing routes and backs releasing. the safety will end up looking at #1 and a dbl team will occur between the safety and CB on #1. If #1 goes short. the CB has him technically m2m. the CB will be helping the safety dbl cover #2 (unless #2 goes inside. he'll cheat up a little to take crossing routes or QB scramble. For the safeties.. in which the CB will now look for crossing routes and backs releasing). the CB leaves him and drops. and #2 were to run a slant or drag. If #2 releases outside.-Basic rules for Safety: 2 out=Get on top of #1 2 in=flat foot read QB eyes/underneath #1/look for crosser from backside 2 vertical=Lock him up -2 Detached WRs. This buys the safety some time to get on top of #1.. The only thing I would add is to tell the corner to stay with #1 until #2 tries to cross his face. If #2 goes shallow/inside. the safety picks him up. it's the opposite. We would rather rally to the throw in the flat than give up something down the field. if #1 were to run a fade/streak. he follows the same rules. If #1 releases inside or runs any type of short pattern. the safety looks back in the middle for #3. CB and Safety will look at the 2nd WR. In this coverage. -Now let's say #2 goes in or even goes vertical and #1 goes vertical.we taught to 2 read to our DB's in the wrestling mat room during summer ball when a thunder storm forced us inside. the safety goes and helps the CB with #1.

then those receivers have exchanged numbers. If #1 goes deep. If #1 is short. I guess one way to look at it is as an "if-then" coverage. the OLB's will only follow them so much. Drop and Read #4 (#2 opposite) if #2 goes deep. The MLB reads #3. #3 goes short. Similarly if #2 from your side ran a drag. They are picking up short routes. they basically jump the route. then you're new #2 could come from the backfield or possibly the backside drag. If #3 goes deep. the OLB looks back inside for crossing routes and RB's releasing. Cover #1 OLB . then goes back to the middle. If he's running a drag or a slant.Read 2 if #2 goes short. Drop with him while Looking for #1 short if #1 and #2 are deep. then the guy who started out as #2. Instead.Read 3 if #3 Blocks . Cover #2 ILB . A lot of people relate it to match up zones in basketball if you're familiar with that. They cover a particular area/player depending on what their read does. For the OLB's: They read #2. it's the opposite of the secondary.Read 2 if #2 goes outside. MLB has him. and leaving deep routes. -we pattern read our cover 3 much like bluedevil4 does: CB . So regardless of the shell for right now. the OLB looks out at #1. Cover #3 if #3 goes vertical. if I told you to find the final #2.Read 1 if #1 goes short. For the LB's in this particular cover 4. They don't cover a man if they enter their zone. Cover #2 if #2 goes inside. If #2 goes deep. he reroutes him. or out route. MLB reroutes #3 whenever possible. if #2 and #1 at the snap of the ball run an out route and a slant route. If the receiver you were assigned ends up running his route horizontally across another receiver. Say I assigned you to the #2 receiver on the strong side. you would find #2 before the snap and work towards him. The original #1 has become #2 after he has crossed the other receiver. Drop hard and Read #2 FS . . and some receiver from the other side also ran a drag. When #3 runs a short crossing route. everyone reacts/covers according to what their read does. For example. they are on him. If #2 runs a short route. then looks for #2 or #1 coming inside. Pattern matching simply assigns rules for players to figure out which man they should be covering. If your vision shows you another receiver coming towards you who is going to cross your receiver then you need to let your original guy go because you're getting a new #2. Drop and Watch for #1 or #3 if #2 goes deep. if #1 goes deep.So basically.Drop and Read #2 if #3 goes outside. Drop and Cover #2 -1) a 3 deep shell for matching is slightly differnt than a 2 high shell. let's him go. Drop and watch for inside route if #3 comes inside. then pass them onto the MLB. becomes #1 after the receivers have crossed. Drop and Look to #2. They don't drop to the flat and pick up the first guy they see. the MLB feeds him off to the OLB's. pattern matching assigns you a receiver. Narduzzi also has his OLB's reroute #2 whenever possible.

It may be a bit harder to teach but very similar nonetheless. etc. Make the QB throw it over you or around you" STAY IN THE CURL! *Most 2 read teams make some adjustment to trips -Coach Woodall’s Rule for 2 Read Divide the field in half. If #2 continues on a wheel. The corner and safety both start out by reading #2. STAY IN THE CURL! Only worry about RB/#3* in the flat -STAY IN THE CURL! Don't worry about getting beat deep. in cover 4.. . They need 5 DBs on the field to execute SCF or MCD and don't want to make OLBs do it from a 4-3. It's really a very long topic to discuss. RCB and RFS are paired together. In a cover 3 scheme. but it works well for us. Both CB and FS read the #2 WR. and the safety mans up #2. If #2 goes in. The OLB or safety in cover 3 normally matches the original #2 receiver on any vertical or out routes. If the LBs don't get any shallow routes to cover. the corner picks him up and the safety finds #1.. the corner mans up on #1. We will often play our WS on the hash at 10 deep versus 10 personnel. The #2 defender can let the #2 receiver go if #2 releases inside because he has a hook/curl player inside of him who can pick him up. The 4 DBs are responsible for deep routes typically. You may have field/boundary CBs an FSs. But of the 2 concepts. MCD probably best represents what it means to follow your original receiver until another receiver overlaps him and becomes your new responsibility. we essentially bracket #1. If #2 goes vertical. LCB and LFS are paired together. -Rule for LBs in 2 Read Reroute is good. This is to help out in case the offense runs 4 verticals at your 3 DBs. Really depends on your personnel in my opinion. and #2 receivers. I'd recommend buying that book by Tom Olivadotti called "Coaching Pattern-Read Coverage" There is no need for both SCF and MCD in my opinion.then" deal. Because cover 3 schemes used to be vulnerable on 4 deep routes." -We are a 4-2-5 team that plays split field coverage.Anyhow. MCD is better or possibly more sound. Our cover-2 is more of a match-man type coverage. If #2 goes out. It's not perfect. the corner has him. The OLB/safety player that must play these techniques needs to be a true athlete. but each side works with their partner. #3. They zone off. From there. MCD holds the essence of pattern matching a bit more accurately than SCF does. get in a throwing lane. You could but I think many coaches don't trust it for a Sam or Will backer. So many coaches are using these ideas and that's why so many coaches are going to 4-2-5 or 3-3-5 defenses. the DBs can handle only 3 deep routes and the LBs and rolled up safety can match up to 4 shallow routes: 2 flats and 2 hooks. then they spot drop to the flats. but don't lose your spacing to run over and tap somebody. some coaches came up with SCF (Seam Curl Flat) and MCD (Match Carry Deliver). or hook/curl. we go to an "If. SCF is an easy way to explain a cover 3 pattern match of the slot defender. the 3 LBs (assuming a 4-3 defense) are responsible for finding the final #2.

unless he sees #2 out at him. FS has to work hard to get over the top of #1 on a fade. the CB takes #2. If #2 runs a crosser/under route then the FS buzzes his feet and can rob the post/dig of #1. He must also play with enough depth to cover over the top of #1 on a fade. and bubbles. FS aligns on the hash at 10 yards. You can make this rule what ever you feel is good based on what you see (we will tweak this if we see a tendency on film). the better he is let him creep up. -Depth is sometimes tough to tell for defenders while the bullets are flying. CB can feather the quick out by #2 and help on the fade to help protect this and help protect the check by #1. This is a D&D or tendency call for us. 15 yd out? We have had a little trouble with seeing 2 verticals followed by a deep (10yd) out by #2.com/2011/07/cover-3-green. not as good. I don't care about what the route is called those are the only 3 things we are looking for. The FS will not be able to make a play on the fade drilled in the window at 18-20 yards. -That's pretty much what we do. then he looks for the over routed from the other side. Cover 3 Green http://ruthlessandrelentless. Also on an out by #2. 5 yd out. He can ability align. outs. The FS immediately opens his hips and runs at a 45 degree angle to gain depth of 30 yards and below the numbers. or is #1 runs a shallow cross. whatever.. the CB must be ready to run with the wheel by #2.html -does anyone use a depth to declare that #2 is vertical and safety takes even if an out. up. If #1 is vertical. If #2 runs out. FS must be in position to protect the post between him and the other FS. This is our general rules of thumb. as our vertical declaration. I am thinking of using 10yds as the vertical limit and the Safety will "ME" call it and take #2 out. This is why we don't double #1 on a fade/crosser combo. FS can cheat off the hash up to 2 steps to try and apex between #2 and #1.There are only 3 things #2 can do: out.blogspot. the safety lets him go. CB knows he will have #1. -If #2 gets behind the LB. 10 yd out. 5 yd. crosser. normally you play outside leverage. but inside only because we like to play some off man and we use this alignment with both. We play CB as 6x1 inside. . he is the safety's. The FS is trying to make a play on the lollipop fade at around 30 yards. If #2 breaks inside between he LB and the LOS. let him gain more depth.. You can tinker with all of these to suit what you see and the ability of your kids.8-12 yards. in. which he must assume if #2 is out. Now our rule for #2 going vertical (and the FS taking #2) is this: once #2 clears the heels of the underneath coverage (LBs). We use 7-8 yds. I have used bluboy's way of doing it with much more success than actual numbers. BEWARE the sluggo by #2 if you see this on film.. It plays so much like true quarters that our corner normally only sees speed outs/arrows. regardless of where he goes.

if the offense is able to sit back and throw this consistently. Now that's from the 4 man front version. -When we run our Cover 4 and see a lot of outs that are deeper than our normal read. -If they are giving us trouble we will play either Blue me and have the OLB take the out. all of #2 vertical. then you probably have some issues with the pressure. Also. so idk what you do with the Mike in the 3-3. we will align the $ outside of #2. I know this is opposite of what you call it) and keys the $ into the out/wheel from #2 and mans up #1. opposite of your calls I believe). We had a lot of trouble in our "Read" check taking a deep out by the corner. Duece -how would this look? -----------------------------3------------------------------------2------------------Q-------------------2 1-----------------T---G---C---G---T-------------------1 -------------------E--------N--------E ------$-----------B--------M--------B---------$ C------------F------------------------------------------C -Coach.Duece -like bluboy and duece have said we don't use a specified yard amount. Usually if both DB's communicate properly neither of these is an issue.. or we will will check into bronco and have the safety take the out. That puts us in an "Alert" check (jgordon. Another thing we have done is make a cloud call and play normal Cover 2 to that side. that's 2 (Robber) coverage you just described. . swing deep of 2. Another thing is what is the S$/LB doing? Would he not be getting depth and working to the throwing lane of this deep out? he has no curl threat holding him. This would be more of a problem to the field than the boundary. In my version of the 3-3 (from the 4-2) our nose is the Mike. I tell my safties that once the #2 has cleared the heels of the underneath coverage. AB: Slice (fast to curl). FS: Blue reads of 2.. Again. that's not 2 read. Now if we see on film that the opponent will run this concept then we may tinker with that read a little or we will simply go straight C2 or a Tampa 2 coverage with the CB playing funnel/force and getting underneath the deep out. then #2 is vertical. It plays more like true quarters. 2 read would be: RC: Blue reads of 2.. Our FS then is a true robber aligning at 8 yards and reading 2-to-1. Our "Read" check is basically a soft cover 2 (again jgordon. SS: Curl/Flat/Swing deep of 3. WS: Blue reads of 2. so he's going to whatever A gap the Tackle (in a 0) isn't going to. all of 2 vertical RB: Hook-All of #3 vertical AC: Blue reads of 2/swing deep of 2.

Run support rules are simple: To read side: SS: force FS: Alley/cutback RC: Secondary force WS: Boot/Reverse/Cutback AC: Insurance To away side: WS: force FS: alley/cutback AC: secondary force SS: Boot/Reverse/Cutback RC: Insurance Duece . they will play 2 blue. Duece -TCU Cover 2 Robber Read side Corner: 1x7 match deep Read Side Spur: Curl/Flat (follow Vert #3 strong) Read Side Backer: Final position of #3 strong Free Safety: #2 vertical OR #1 Curl/Post Weak Side Backer: Final position of #2 weak Weak spur: Curl/Flat (follow vert #2 weak) Weak Side Corner: 1x7 1/2 -Here's what TCU does: Cover 2: True robber (rules you have mentioned) Blue: 2 read (rules I mentioned) Cover 5: True squat 1/2's. As far as I know they do not do this.this is playing 2 read across the board or what is known as "blue" to TCU folks. They call theirs 2 Blue so that the read side plays 2 and the away side plays blue (which is what I'd do if I were you). which is robber to the read side and blue to the away side.