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By: Ron Jenkins Offensive Coordinator El Camino College (CA)
Cover 3 Zone Cover 2 Zone Quarters Cover 1 Free Man Cover 0 Man
COVER 3 ZONE
Cover 3 Zone
FS Zone 1/3 C Zone 1/3
Hook Curl / flat
C M M N QB
SSCurl / flat T S
STRENGTHS 1. Three-deep secondary. 2. Four man rush. 3. Run support to SS.
WEAKNESSES 1. Weakside curl / flat. 2. Strong-side curl. 3. Limited fronts. 4. Flood routes. 5. Run support away from SS. 6. Dig routes. (Square-in routes) 7. Four verticals.
COVER 2 ZONE
Cover 2 Zone
Zone 1/2 FS
SS Zone 1/2
C Flat E
STRENGTHS 1. Five underneath coverage. 2. Ability to disrupt timing of outside receivers with 'jam'. 3. Can rush four. 4. Flat areas.
WEAKNESSES 1. Deep coverages; a. fade area, b. deep middle. 2. Strong-side curl. 3. Run support off-tackle.
dbl #1. 2. Be aggressive on all out routes by # 1. Allows corners to play aggresive technique on outside receivers because they have help over-the-top from safeties. E QB STRENGTHS 1. Possible help from SS SS. 4. Possible help from FS. 3. 2. If # 2 goes vertical. If # 2 goes vertical. Ability to double cover outside receivers. if # 2 goes flat or drag. if # 2 goes flat or drag. dbl #1. Double coverage on # 1 can be nullified by having # 2 attack the coverage of safety. Four-deep coverage. 3. Read # 2. WEAKNESSES 1.QUARTERS COVERAGE Cover 2 Zone Quarters Man # 1. Man # 1. Flat coverage. man-up # 2. . Be aggressive on all out routes by # 1. man-up # 2. E Wall off anything that comes T T underneath. Read # 2. Responsible for flat coverage. FS C C W M S Responsible for flat coverage. Safeties are very susceptible to play-action. Run support from safeties.
COVER 1 FREE Cover 1 Free FS Zone Deep Middle C M W T N QB M T S SS C STRENGTHS 1. a. Play action passes. Can rush five. Tight coverage. Help in the deep middle. 4. 2. 3. WEAKNESSES 1. 2. breaking routes. . c. b. No underneath help. 3. Good run support to SS. Out routes. pick routes. crossing routes.
a. 3. No underneath help. breaking routes. Pass rush. Tight coverage. 2. Nobody in the middle of the field deep post route. c. 4. WEAKNESSES 1. pick routes. b. Can rush six. crossing routes.COVER 0 MAN Cover 0 Man C FS W T M N M T S SS C QB STRENGTHS 1. . Good run support. 2.
Swing Read #3 The Dig .Drag Read #4 The Deep Square-in .Medium Square-in Read #5 The Curl .Flat / Swing Read #6 The Sideline Stop / Seam Read #7 The Deep Out – Flat Read #8 The Deep Reads #9 Man (Single-coverage Reads) .Basic Quarterback Reads #1 The Slant .Flat / Swing Read #2 The Stick .Flat Read / Sideline .
Quarterback Pre-snap Always get to the line quickly with your hands under center. they will do it after you get under center. Number of receivers. Is there anyone in the middle of the field? Look for the best side to read. Number of defenders vs. . Look for the safeties. If the defense is going to shift.
or the area of the field the defender must cover. Leverage refers to the defender’s relationship to the receiver.Quarterback Pre-snap Look at the defender’s leverage. Know where your hot routes are. Know where all the routes are going to be run. . Look for possible blitzes.
hit the flat / swing route. Throw away from the flat defender. If he covers the slant. .Flat / Swing Read Key flat defender. OLB. hit the slant.#1 The Slant . Strong Safety or CB. If he goes flat.
.The Slant – Flat / Swing Drop The Quarterback’s specific drop is dependant on the flat defender’s leverage. the drop will be deeper (three-big) so the QB can throw behind him. the drop will be shallower (three-quick) so the QB can throw in front of him. If the flat defender is close to the LOS (Pro 4 – 3) . If the flat defender is way off the LOS (College 4 – 3) .
SLANT .FLAT / SWING READ FS C W SS C QB 3 STEP (READ FLAT DEFENDER) .
Check pre-snap leverage. then the stick.Flat Read Sideline .#2 The Stick . . Look for the flat.Swing Read / Key the strong safety or defender who will cover that area. Vs cover 2. Many times looking at the flat route first will open up the stick route. look to the strong-side fade first.
C FS C 2 W E M T QB T S E SS 1 .
FS SS 1 2 C W E M T QB T S E C 3 BIG HOLD THROW IN THE HOLE TO THE Z RECEIVER .
#2 The Sideline . then the sideline. Look for the swing. . Check pre-snap leverage. Many times looking at the swing route first will open up the sideline route.Swing Read Key the strong safety or defender who will cover that area.
1 C FS 1 C W M S SS .
While dropping back. If they jump or wall the drag. Vs. Quarters coverage. If they drop. take a look at what the linebackers are doing. hit the drag.Drag Read Key the underneath coverage. go for the dig. the drag usually becomes the safest throw.#3 The Dig . .
DIG .DRAG READ FS 1 C B READ B B SS C 2 QB 7 QUICK HITCH (READ INSIDE BACKER) TO GET "DIG" ROUTE OPEN. LOOK AT TE "DRAG" ROUTE FIRST. .
.DRAG READ FS C W READ M S SS C QB 7 QUICK HITCH (READ BACKERS) TO GET THE "DIG" ROUTE OPEN.DIG . LOOK AT INSIDE RECEIVER "DRAG" ROUTE FIRST.
.#4 The Deep Square-in . If LB takes medium square-in route and SS takes flat area. throw to the area they vacate. hit the deep square-in. If either LB or SS takes away the deep square-in.Medium Square-in Read Key outside linebacker to the strong safety.
RB LAST .MED SQUARE-IN READ FS 2 READ READ 1 C B B N QB C SS B 3 B 5 BIG HITCH (READ BACKER TO SS) TO GET WR OPEN LOOK TO TE FIRST.DEEP SQUARE-IN .
DEEP SQUARE-IN .MED SQUARE-IN READ 1 FS 2 C W M S READ SS C 3 QB 5 BIG HITCH (READ BACKER TO STRONG SAFETY) .
hit the curl. hit the flat / swing route.#5 The Curl . Throw away from the flat defender. If he goes flat.Flat / Swing Read Key flat defender. If he drops to curl. . Strong Safety or CB. OLB.
CURL .FLAT / SWING READ FS C 1 READ 2 1 SS C LB READ QB 2 5 BIG HITCH (READ LB or SS) TO GET CURL OPEN LOOK TO SWING or FLAT FIRST .
If the flat defender can get underneath the the route. throw to the stop or seam. Key flat defender. Check corner and safety alignment. Strong Safety or CB.#6 The Sideline Stop / Seam Read Vs cover 2. Check OLB / Strong Safety alignment. the sideline will automatically turn into a fade route. . OLB.
STOP / SEAM READ FS 1 C READ C1 B READ 2 2 SS QB 5 ROLL (READ LB or SS) .SIDELINE .
hit the flat route right away. cover 2 The flat route will hold the corner. . If the corner runs with the WR.#7 The Deep Out – Flat Read Great route vs. If the corner comes off the WR. continue your drop and hit the WR on the Deep Out.
DEEP OUTSIDE .FLAT READ 1 C FS SS 1 2 LB READ READ C 2 VS COVER 3 .
DEEP OUTSIDE .FLAT READ FS C C W SS QB VS COVER 2 VS COVER 3 5 BIG HOLD (READ CORNER TO SAFETY) .
let the ball go to an underneath receiver. If you are not sure where to go deep with the ball on your third step (of a 5-step drop). Realize that deep passes are not high percentage completions. Get a good idea where you have the best chance to go with the ball on your pre-snap read. .#8 The Deep Reads This is a timing pass.
DEEP READS 2 2 FS 1 SS C OUTLET C B T N B T B B OUTLET 5 BIG HITCH (READ FREE) LOOK TO THE SIDE THE BACK RELEASES TO (THIS WILL ANCHOR THE CORNER). TO GET TE OPEN LOOK TO WR FIRST. HIT TE AS HE PASSES THE BACKER DROP. .
Hit the seams as they pass by the linebackers at about 15 yards. Cover Three The inside seams are the first read.Four Verticals Four verticals vs. Throw away from safety coverage. . Look the safety off with a good look at the Wide Receivers as you drop.
HIT SLOT AS HE PASSES THE BACKERS DROP.DEEP READS 1 FS 1 C B B N B B SS C 5 BIG HITCH (READ FREE) TO GET SLOT OPEN LOOK TO WR FIRST. .
#10 Man (Single-coverage Reads) Where is the blitz coming from? Identify your hot route(s). What are the receiver routes? Think about possible safety help. What are the individual match-ups? Does a particular receiver have an advantage against his defender? Which receiver has leverage on his defender? Which defender is in a bad position to cover the called route? .
. The left corner has inside leverage and is in a better position to make the play.FS C C QB Quick Hitch: The receiver to the right would be the correct throw due to the defenders leverage and depth. He would have to go through the receiver to make the play.
.FS C C QB Quick Out: The receiver to the left would be the correct throw due to the defenders leverage and depth. The left corner has inside leverage and would have a difficult time getting making the play.
. Although the corners have equal leverage.FS C C B SS QB Quick Slant: The receiver to the left would be the correct throw. There is a much better throwing lane on the left. the strong safety has a better angle to get into the passing lane.
The corner on the left has a inside out leverage. The backer on the left side can't get into the passing lane. .FS C C B SS QB Twelve-yard Speed-out: The receiver to the left would be the correct throw. He is giving up the out.
. The corner on the left has a inside out leverage and therefore has got leverage on the route. The corner on the right side has outside leverage and the strong safety would most likely be pulled out of the passing lane by a flat or swing route to that side.FS C C B SS QB Twelve-yard Curl: The receiver to the right would be the appropriate throw.
C FS C B SS QB .
The right corner is playing the receiver tighter than the corner on the left and is more susceptible to a counter route. .C FS C B SS QB Post-corner route: The receiver to the right would be the appropriate throw. The corner on the left is playing deep outside and most likely will not bite on the post move.
The left corner is playing deep outside and is giving up the skinny-post. . The underneath coverage is not in a position to get into the throwing lane.C FS C B SS QB Skinny Post: The receiver to the left would be the appropriate throw. The Free Safety should be looked off before the throw.
C FS C B SS QB Streak: The receiver to the right would be the appropriate throw. . The right corner is playing more head up and tighter than the left corner. The left corner is playing deep outside and protecting his deep third.
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The Nine Basic Quarterback Reads in the Multiple West Coast Offense By: Ron Jenkins Offensive Coordinator El Camino College (CA) .
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