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Team Core Values

Overview Core Values represent the universal, unchanging ethics of a team.   They are the common bond that unites all members of the organization.  They connect each generation of the team to all of those that came before it and all of those that will come after it. Choosing a set of Core Values is no…

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Nick Saban’s Pattern Match Cover 2

Today we are going to take a look at a pattern match Cover 2 concept used by Alabam Head Coach Nick Saban and Michigan Defensive Coordinator Don Brown.  Saban calls this concept Cut and Brown calls it Eagle. Learn more pattern match concepts in our book, Split Safety Pattern Match Coverages, available now in the store.…

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Defend Against Strongside Flood Routes

Every coverage in football has inherent weaknesses.  Cover 3 is no different.  As a coach it is imperative that you are aware of these weaknesses and develop ways to minimize them. One of the weaknesses of Cover 3 is the strong side flood route known as Sail.  In this post we will look at how Sail stresses…

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Protecting the Seams

Defending the 4 Verticals pass concept can be a big challenge for a defense employing a 3-deep zone coverage.  The reason it is so difficult to defend is simple math.  The offense is sending four receivers deep down the field while the defense only has three receivers back there to cover the routes. The play…

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