Cover 6 Defense | FBCP S08E07

Use a Cover 6 Defense to Stop 3 by 1

Cover 6 Defense is more widely known as Quarter-Quarter-Half Coverage.  It is primarily used as an adjustment to trips formations and it’s going to be the subject of our deep dive in this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast.

The Cover 6 Defense is a combination coverage between Cover 4 and Cover 2.  There are many ways to run Quarter-Quarter-Half Coverage.  It largely depends on what your base coverage is and we’ll be breaking that down.

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Curl-Flat Passing Concept | FBCP S08E06

Curl-Flat Attacks Cover 3

The Curl-Flat passing concept is one of the oldest and most popular passing concepts in football.  It is a traditional Cover 3 beater that goes all the way back to the passing concepts of Sid Gillman and Don Coryell and into the West Coast offense.  We’ll be talking about all of those beginnings in this episode.

Curl-Flat is a horizontal stretch that is effective against Cover 3 because you put three receivers to one side of the field against a defense with only two underneath defenders to each side. You should always find an open receiver in Curl Flat against Cover 3. Continue reading “Curl-Flat Passing Concept | FBCP S08E06”

How to Defend Counter Read | QC 237

Breaking the 4-2-5 Defense

Offenses are always looking for a new way to attack your defense. Today’s listener question looks at a one of those new ways. Find out how to defend the Counter Read Play with your 4-2-5 Defense using a 1-high Cover 3 coverage.

It comes down to knowing your run fits. The umbrella run fit concept is something that we talk about all the time. This is the simplest way I’ve found to coach up run fits. Continue reading “How to Defend Counter Read | QC 237”

Defensive Line Stunts | FBCP S08E05

Get Aggressive Without Losing Your Umbrella

Defensive line stunts are a great way to be aggressive up front in your play calling without weakening the coverage behind it. We’re going to take a deep dive look at defensive line stunts, including slants and twists.

Every episode in Season 8 of The Football Coaching Podcast is a deep dive into a particular play call, or in this case a family of play calls. I’ll share the origins of the call, why you run the call, and how to coach your players to execute it. Continue reading “Defensive Line Stunts | FBCP S08E05”

Motivating Athletes for Football | Quick Clinic 236

Do Your Players Want to Win?

It’s a big source of frustration for football coaches. Motivating athletes who seemingly don’t want to win. Or they don’t seem willing to work hard enough to achieve that goal, even if they do want it.

Football coaches need to take a step back and stop blaming athletes, parents, administration or society for this big time issue though. You are a football coach. You signed up for this job to coach. To find ways to win when it isn’t easy. Continue reading “Motivating Athletes for Football | Quick Clinic 236”

Counter Trey Run Play | FBCP S08E04

Run Behind Your Best Linemen

I live in Virginia now, and around here the Counter Trey has a certain aura about it. It’s the play most closely associated with the Joe Gibbs era Washington teams that had a dominant rushing attack in the 1980s.

This episode of The Football Coaching Podcast continues our deep dive series by looking at the origins of the Counter Trey run play, then breaking down how to run the play and how your defense can stop it. Continue reading “Counter Trey Run Play | FBCP S08E04”

Screen Pass Defense | Quick Clinic 234

Change Your Thinking on Defending Screen Plays

Defending screen passes is tough. Good offensive coordinators are setting you up all game long to hit a big screen play. It’s a great way for them to get an athlete in space who’s hard to bring down, too.

The secret to defending screen passes starts with removing that word. Stop thinking about a screen pass as a pass. Continue reading “Screen Pass Defense | Quick Clinic 234”