We are well into our offseason review of the various offensive and defensive principles used throughout the NFL. We’ve even shown you the details of the special teams playbook. Recently, our Jim Miller reviewed defensive coverages and how the QB’s recognition of what the defense is doing is critical to his success. Today, I thought I’d pull out a great segment I did with former Steelers head coach and current studio analyst on CBS’ NFL Today show Bill Cowher, giving the defensive perspective on playing coverages.
Cover 1 is a man to man principle that features one single high safety in the deep middle of the field. His main responsibility is to diagnose the play and where the deep threat is, if any, and provide coverage help to his teammates where needed.
Many times, a defense will use a single high safety when they drop an extra player into the tackle box to defend the run. But against the pass, to be effective, that free safety has to be smart enough to key and diagnose the play quickly, and athletic enough to cover a lot of ground and get himself into position. He also usually has good ball skills and can be free to roam in a “centerfield” type of coverage.
Cowher said the real advantage to the Cover 1 is the ability of the defense to cover two backs and the tight end with four defenders without compromising the integrity of the front. Check out the video and let us know what you think.
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