Four essential keys in playing (off) man coverage from the corner position.
Over the past couple of years, many defensive coordinators A defensive coordinator typically refers to a coach on a football team in the National Football League or college football who is in charge of the defense. This position aids the head coach a great deal in many ways by delegating play calling to other coaches and allowing the head have become comfortable with playing man-press coverage. As the offensive coordinators An offensive coordinator typically refers to the coach on a football team in the National Football League or College football who is in charge of the offense. This position aids the head coach by designing and scripting plays, delegating work to offensive position coaches during become more astute as·tute
Having or showing shrewdness and discernment, especially with respect to one's own concerns. See Synonyms at shrewd.
[Latin ast in their schematics such as crossing routes, bubble screens, and crafty pre-snap motions, it becomes difficult not to play man press against them. Fortunately, every team you line up against isn't going to present problematic screens or line up with an array of four or five receivers. So, from a defensive standpoint The Standpoint is a newspaper published in the British Virgin Islands. It was originally published under the name Pennysaver, largely as a shopping-coupon promotional newspaper, but since emerged as one of the most influential sources of journalism in the , you still have to give yourself an alternate package that will give the opponent a different appearance. One alternative to the man-press coverage is the use of off-man coverage.
The alignment of the cornerback cor·ner·back also corner back
Either of two defensive halfbacks stationed a short distance behind the linebackers and relatively near the sidelines.
Noun 1. plays an integral role in putting himself in position to make a play. Football is a game of angles and inches. If the corner initially aligns wrong, he could take himself out of position to make a play. If the misaligns by just an inch, it could make the difference between a deflection deflection /de·flec·tion/ (de-flek´shun) deviation or movement from a straight line or given course, such as from the baseline in electrocardiography.
1. and a touchdown.
When playing off-man coverage, the corner's alignment should be 7x1, which means seven yards from the receiver and approximately 1 yard from his inside shoulder. (See Diag. 1.)
The alignment should be six or seven yards from the receiver simply because this will give the corner enough cushion Cushion
In the context of project financing, the extra amount of net cash flow remaining after expected debt service.
See call protection. on the receiver. Depending on his speed, the corner can adjust accordingly.
However, he should not be aligned any deeper than 9 and nothing shorter than 6 yards from the receiver. If aligned under 5 yards from a polished or experienced receiver, the corner would be in what we call "no man's land"--meaning that the corner has no chance in reading the QB, receiver, or the route. It also denotes that the corner has not put himself in the best position to make a play.
The second aspect of playing off-man coverage is the ability to read the QB's drop for 3-Step. Some coaches do not teach the corner to read the QB drop. Certain coaches employ the corner just to eye-up the receiver.
The main reason for reading the QB's drop is to gain an advantage of where the ball and the receiver could potentially end up.
While playing off-man coverage, the corner already has a strike against him: he has no idea where the play or the receiver is going.
Why not take advantage of certain keys and opportunities that the QB and the receiver will give you? When the ball is snapped, the corner should use his peripheral vision peripheral vision
Vision produced by light rays falling on areas of the retina beyond the macula. Also called indirect vision.
Peripheral vision to find the receiver and lock his eyes on the QB and look for the three-step drop. What is so intriguing in·trigue
a. A secret or underhand scheme; a plot.
b. The practice of or involvement in such schemes.
2. A clandestine love affair.
v. about it is that it usually indicates some sort of short route.
There are only so many routes that can be run from a 3-step drop. The hitch hitch
to fasten by a knot, usually used to describe tying a horse to a post. , out, and slant are the most highly used patterns from the 3 step drop. And most of these routes will be run within 5 to 7 yards. (See Diags. 2-4.) You may also occasionally see a fade route, but many coaches and coordinators will often call on the fade route when in or near the red zone.
The start of the corner's pedal pedal /ped·al/ (ped´'l) pertaining to the foot or feet.
Of or relating to a foot or footlike part. should be unhurried and slow, giving the corner ample opportunity to read the QB and sustain his cushion on the receiver. Whenever the QB demonstrates a 3-step drop, the corner must instantly recognize it, break to the ball, locate the receiver, read the route, and make the play.
It's imperative for the cornerback to get his eyes back on the receiver because the receiver will take the cornerback to the ball.
Once the cornerback has caught up to the receiver's hip or back pocket, he should then look for the ball.
If the QB continues to drop back after three steps, the corner should, while back-peddling, shift his eyes immediately to the receiver, and proceed to the next level of man coverage--which is reading the route and the body language of the receiver.
The third component of playing successful off-man coverage is the ability to cover your man by using good positioning and reading the body language and alignment.
One of the many objectives of a well-coached receiver is to push vertically up field to get the corner thinking that the receiver is running a deep route. In pushing vertically up field, the corner will open and turn his hips once he feels his cushion has been broken.
The premise for this is to get the corner out of position, when in actuality ac·tu·al·i·ty
n. pl. ac·tu·al·i·ties
1. The state or fact of being actual; reality. See Synonyms at existence.
2. Actual conditions or facts. Often used in the plural. the receiver is in route to only run a curl curl
In mathematics, a differential operator that can be applied to a vector-valued function (or vector field) in order to measure its degree of local spinning. It consists of a combination of the function's first partial derivatives. or a comeback. A good corner must be able to stay low in a back pedal and when forced to turn his hips, he must be able to stop, plant and come out of the break to close on the receiver to make a play.
Once a receiver is in route, the corner should focus on a particular area of the receiver's body. Initially, the corner should focus on either the inside shoulder or the inside waist of the receiver. He should, ideally, be head up or maybe slightly inside of the receiver.
When the corner feels that his cushion has been broken by the receiver pushing vertical up field, the corner must turn, open at (180) and go, staying on the inside hip of the receiver. (See Diag. 5)
If the receiver pushes vertically up field to run a post, and the corner's cushion is broken, the corner must still turn and open, but this time toward the outside or up-field hip of the receiver. (See Diag. 6)
When the receiver is in route, the corner must sustain head-up to (slightly) inside leverage on the receiver to put himself in the best position to make a play on the ball.
In football today, many receivers are taught to "stem" the cornerback, especially at the collegiate col·le·giate
1. Of, relating to, or held to resemble a college.
2. Of, for, or typical of college students.
3. Of or relating to a collegiate church. and pro levels.
The stem finds the receiver trying to gain inside leverage on the corner by bending inside the corner at the beginning of the route. By putting himself between the ball and the corner, the receiver has a good opportunity of catching the pass.
The receiver also decreases the corner's chance to make a play on the ball. While in his back-pedal, the corner is taught to (weave) in order to sustain or regain position from the receiver's stem.
If the corner can (weave) back to his head-up or slightly inside position on the receiver (depending on location of the ball), he has put himself in the best position possible to make a play on any route. (See Diag. 7)
Some unpolished or inexperienced in·ex·pe·ri·ence
1. Lack of experience.
2. Lack of the knowledge gained from experience.
in receivers have certain tendencies, especially at the high school level, to indicate what route they are running. It could simply be a head motion into the receiver's break or his eyes dictating where he will run his route at the line of scrimmage line of scrimmage
n. pl. lines of scrimmage Football
Either of two imaginary lines extending across the field parallel to the goal line at the ends of the ball as it rests prior to being snapped and at which each team lines up for before the snap.
Some receivers will even echo their route by their alignment in the formation. For instance, the slant. Some receivers have a tendency to line up wider than normal due to the fact that they know that he has to come inside to run the slant ... and so they will create room by aligning a·lign
v. a·ligned, a·lign·ing, a·ligns
1. To arrange in a line or so as to be parallel: align the tops of a row of pictures; aligned the car with the curb. wide. (See Diag. 8)
A corner can take advantage of these minute tendencies by reading the alignment and body language of the receiver. If the receiver is running a curl or come back, he will often exaggerate his torso torso /tor·so/ (tor´so) trunk (1).
n. pl. tor·sos or tor·si
The human body excluding the head and limbs; trunk. when settling in the break.
The receiver will subconsciously sub·con·scious
Not wholly conscious; partially or imperfectly conscious: subconscious perceptions.
The part of the mind below the level of conscious perception. Often used with the. raise his torso and arms instead of being tight into the settling of the break.
Another example of an unpolished receiver is the speed at which he runs his route or pattern.
If the route is a streak or post, many unpolished and experienced receivers will immediately come out the gate at a high velocity as opposed to a curl or out. They will not come out the gate as fast or at a high speed since they know that they have to settle, break and maintain balance in order to execute the curl or a comeback. The seasoned receivers have the ability to come out the gate fast, settle, break and maintain their balance to execute the curl or out.
In essence, good receivers have the ability to make all of their routes and patterns look identical. If the corner can read body language, tendencies, and peculiar alignments, he'll be able to exploit the unseasoned receiver. In order to do this, the corner must learn how to observe and study his opponents.
A corner can learn this by either practice or by watching film. A good film will familiarize the corner with the receiver's tendencies, body language, and patterns. However, the study of film at the high school level isn't usually a top priority. It is also difficult for most coaching staffs to produce and use largely because of time constraints In law, time constraints are placed on certain actions and filings in the interest of speedy justice, and additionally to prevent the evasion of the ends of justice by waiting until a matter is moot. .
Once the corner has placed himself in the best position to make a play, he should simply make the play. It does not always mean intercepting a pass. It can also be a pass deflection, staying with your man so that the QB will be discouraged dis·cour·age
tr.v. dis·cour·aged, dis·cour·ag·ing, dis·cour·ag·es
1. To deprive of confidence, hope, or spirit.
2. To hamper by discouraging; deter.
3. , or it can simply mean coming up to make a tackle to prevent a first down.
The corner can be successful in off man coverage if he will learn the importance of alignment, positioning, and reading.
The four keys to playing great off-man coverage are:
1. Understanding alignment.
2. The ability to read the quarter-back's drop (3-step).
3. Coverage (positioning, reading body language, and alignment of the WR).
4. Making a play.
By Forrest Foster, Head, Access Services
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