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While exploring the defensive adaptations to offensive trends towards "the spread" (Va Tech in the 90s / Saban Cover 3 adjustments ), and not intending to repeat any of the fantastic coverage of TCU defensive tenets done at Run COD Hit, it would behoove us to at least go over how TCU would confront 2x2 / 3x1 formations out of their base split-field coverage, '2 read'. TCU's 42 defense is based out of Cover 2 "Read", which is really just a robber + quarters read out of a MOFC look. TCU will typically not play „2 Read‟ against any 1-back look (preferring Blue or Cover 5), so what we are presenting is just a „worse-case‟ scenario against this coverage. Since they are splitting the formation in half, they are just reducing the concept down to the 1, 2, or 3 receiver matching. Just like the Rip/Liz adjustment covered before, when facing a balanced 2x2 formation, the secondary would have to declare which side they are going to play as the 'read side' (where the FS will be robbing). If '2 Read' is called, versus a 2x1 formation, the FS would naturally rob the receiving strength (2 receiver side). With 2x2, you would have to declare "reading left" to communicate the 'read side' and the 'away side',
the rules are relatively simple and outlined below: . They may not even run this coverage much after installation. To the 'read side'. "2 Read" is the base coverage TCU bases out of (it really is just robber). To get down to brass tacks. but it remains the elementary foundation for all subsequent variations regularly employed.alerting the away safety on how he will handle #2. this is how zone distribution would essentially play out in a nutshell.
vertical by #2 / no vertical by 2.5x1 force on run / pass read: open to flat "swing deep to 3" Free Safety. Corners always play inside leverage. always protecting the post (because you don‟t know if you‟re going to get help from the FS). To get down to brass tacks. Patterson . They may not even run this coverage much after installation. but it remains the elementary foundation for all subsequent variations regularly employed. The post-snap cushion is not enforced. the rules are relatively simple and outlined below: Read Left Read side Corner.alley fit on run / pass use 'Robber rule' . and in fact.1x7 match deep vertical threat Strong (read) Safety . Corners always 1x7 unless #1 receiver is outside of numbers (they never cross the numbers in robber).match #2 weak vertical Weak (away) Safety -run force / pass curl-flat "swing deep to 2" Away side Corner-deep 1/2 (over post of #1) Read Side Communication Corner is 1x7 in press bail shuffle with a man-clue of the #1 receiver.#3 Weak Backer . rob curl-to-post of #1 Strong Backer -match #2 ."2 Read" is the base coverage TCU bases out of (it really is just robber).
the corners are taught to make the post a priority and. Because this is a robber concept. With #1 shallow. the corner will man-turn into the route. This flags man responsibility for the Strong (read) Safety. To get the most out of this coverage. If there is only one receiver split. he will zone-turn into the route. If there is more than one receiver split. a patternmatch communication system is utilized to hasten how the 3 key defenders respond. The corner will communicate pattern response to his area players (FS & read side safety).wants receivers to break the defender‟s cushion so he‟ll only have to play one side now. so the Free Safety will look to aggressively jump the route of #2. Of the read side calls he will make (and responses) are: CHINA If #1 is short/hitch the corner makes a “China” call. with #2 continuing to press vertical. OUT . With these rules. align as much as 4 yards inside the receiver to protect the middle of the defense. A short #1 with a detached #2 receiver typically is going to give you a “smash” (or China) concept. if necessary. Patterson essentially invites offenses to run the post-corner because he feels he can take everything else away and force this difficult throw. The “China” call also help identifies that there is no post threat from #1 and that #2 is the only other possible threat vertical. the corner will declare “China” and immediately look to match #2 over the top (and outside). The read side safety will run under (to) #1 because the corner is sinking (on corner route) to match the first outside short threat (flat).
the FS). he won‟t be giving up much separation on #1. but an emphasis on staying shallow and man- . The „out‟ call alerts the Strong (read) Safety to look to rob #1 underneath at 10 yards out. Since this overhang safety is always aggressively expanding to the flat. Versus a standard tight end or pro look. Strong (Read) Safety The (overhang) Safety aligns 5 yards deep on #2 (removed). he would align 3 yards deep and 7 yards widen (discouraging being reached on perimeter action). IN If the #1 receiver is not shallow („china‟) but breaks inside at a depth greater than 8 yards („dig‟ / „curl‟) . the corner will communicate an “IN” call . This alerts the read safety that there is a threat coming inside over the top (of his drop). so the throw (to #1) would have to be shallow and near the sideline for a completion. On EMOL high-hat pass read the target depth for his drop will be 8-10 yards. Don't get hung up on semantics .If #1 receiver breaks out (he‟s no longer vertical) the corner will continue to sink and look to match #2. He is going to remain shallow on his drop with the intent to expand to the flat as quickly because the FS will be dropping inside of him in the curl (if that is what is threatened).the 'read' safety "swing(ing) deep to 3" is essentially the standard 'curl-to-flat' responsibility. because he‟s got a curl player dropping . The safety should look to become an outside-in player (he‟s going to the flat right now.
Free Safety The alignment of the free safety will be 8-10 yards deep over the read side guard. This allows him to gain a clear read on an uncovered linemen and an quick response path to the inside vertical threat of #2. the free safety immediately turns into the middle of the field (away from the receiver) to rob the post. If the #1 receiver doesn‟t sink his hips.so you have curl-post help (from FS)”. This works even if #2 isn‟t going to wheel that out route. the free safety is communicating “WHEEL” to the corner (see the curl-flat combo illustrated above). This vertical-clue will handle all routes deeper than 8 yards. The rationale behind teaching it this way is to encourage the safety to open up and get to the flat (with no landmarks). The response of the free safety is just like robber. determine the read side and communicate to the other defensive backs. If #2 is out (and under 8 yards). If #1 sinks his hips (for a break) the free safety will drive at the receiver‟s break and step in front of him (interception point). “check 2 – read right” (coverage and what side is being matched). he robs the curl/post of #1. he matches all of #2 inside leverage. This is essentially telling the corner. Once the offense breaks the huddle. the free safety will identify the backs. This methodology helps the defender be less dogmatic and be an aggressive matcher in coverage ( if a man runs through his zone – he's got him vertical ).conscious. #2 does anything but vertical. but it lets the corner know he can now back off of #1 because of the help available. When #2 is no longer vertical (out / out-up). the free safety then reads the hips of the #1 receiver. . “you have an outside route by #2 . with the #2 receiver as his pass key: #2 goes vertical.
then take away the hot (throw). once pass shows he is to middle drop vertical to find/match the final 3 receiver. because they should be thinking draw or screen (off pass-action) initially. These players doesn't have to be anywhere fast. So if you‟re a 4-2. This player is looking to defend his run gap first. he always tries to make #3 go over the top of him. in fact. its all relative if you play this with a 3-3. and from there it just becomes a "man-to-man" zone as in basketball (boxing out #3 deep). The stacked (inside) backers would always match 2-to-3 regardless of formation with the other (away from final 3) being the rat in the hole. the numbers are the same. For read side linebacker. the slower they are at reacting the better.Inside linebackers TCU's rules split-coverage rules mean they never have to displace the 6 in the box. By slow-playing pass action. .
For the away side linebacker. He does not carry #2 deeper than 8 yards and does not reroute. This is actually a great addition to standard robber coverage and the adjustment (with splitfield) principle helps prepare your players for the „breakable‟ scenarios. Typically. This linebacker must replace the former middle-of-the-field safety in the hole. with the exception of matching #2 (away) vertically. this player is the (wider) bubble backer and against any 1-back look. . TCU will be slanting the defensive line. this player will play like a standard curl-to-flat player in cover 3. TCU "2 Read": Adaptation To The Spread (3x1) The robber rules of “2 Read” are rather simple and the biggest part understanding TCUdefensive scheme is just coming to grips and accepting the splitformation concept they utilize. it is essentially the same as the read side linebacker. If #2 pressed vertically after 8 yards. Rather than a „robot‟ reaction away from the „final 3‟ player. He has no immediate curl help and will work in tandem with the corner. but that is the answer for 1 back routes. He should never cross the hash when responding to an inside route. It isn‟t pretty. In the next (soon) installment. he would gain depth vertically on #2. we will go over the very basic trips (3x1) adaptation using this same coverage. as the away side linebacker will be working to that area. the away side linebacker would have to carry him man-to-man regardless if he makes a break deep in his route. Weak (Away) Safety On pass read.
Using the same “2 Read” technique rules we already covered. The primary adjustment becomes the strong safety. we plainly go over adding another receiver (3) to the read side. the free safety and corner will be playing straight drop back and essentially end up in a split field ¼ match. He will . To the trips side.
if three verticals aren‟t run to the trips side. the corner would stick with his communication rules. Feel free to check out the RUNCODHIT articles on their usual 2x2 coverage (Blue/ Cover 5) that we‟ll see a lot of in their push for National prominence this season. so the free safety is free to look of #1. “all verticals”. Versus a standard trips flood (#3 shallow out. With the “IN” call. the strong safety will hang (on the curl) and break late on the out of #2. so he will settle and look to rob any route by #2. #2 sail.be outside of the #2 receiver. . In the worst case scenario. staying on #2 to prevent three verticals. He is going to play standard “blue” coverage rules. the corner will zone turn to bail and split the difference of #1 and #2 receivers. This was just an overview of the split-formation coverage of TCU out of their robber package. He will still “Swing deep to 3” but he is not looking to jump the flats as he was versus 2 receivers. now we're back to the manageable 2 receiver threat. #1 is in). the pattern distribution can easily be accounted for in the rules. The free safety will backpedal weave leverage of the vertical #3 receiver. If #3 runs a shallow out (for example) the free safety is no longer threatened in the middle of the field. The corner will have the post by #1 all day. This is the „jailbreak‟ option versus this coverage. call the “IN” by #1 and gain depth over the receivers. So if #2 receiver or #3 receiver is not vertical.
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