Cover 3 Defense: Alignments, Adjustments, and Match Up Coverage

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Dante Bartee
54 minutes
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In Cover 3 Defense: Alignments, Adjustments, and Match Up Coverage, Dante Bartee, Defensive Graduate Assistant for the University of California Bears discusses concepts of Cover 3, including formation alignment, zone coverages, and strongside/weakside responsibilities. Coach Bartee outlines the techniques used by all seven of his defensive backfield players. Additionally, Coach Bartee details adjustments to the Cover 3 based on offensive formations, playcalling, and routes run by the offense. Finally, Coach Bartee hosts a question and answer session on the Cover 3 defense.

Topics covered included:

• Zone Matchup Coverage
• Linebacker Responsibilities
• Secondary Coverages
• Safety Support
• “60/40” Technique
• Communication in the Secondary
• Adjustments Based on Offensive Schemes
• Defending WR Route Trees
• Question and Answer Session