Stuff You Should Know: Delay of Game & Reading Zone vs Man

Did you know… If you signal for a fair catch and then advance the ball, you will get a penalty for delay of game.  In the Notre Dame vs Michigan State game, Irish punt returner Davonte’ Neal signaled for the fair catch, then bobbled the ball.  When he recovered it, he took off running.  They […]

Zone Coverage Schemes

Includes Cover 0, Cover 1, Cover 2, Cover 3, Cover 4 Please note that these diagrams and descriptions are truly over-simplifications, but they provide a basis of how different assignments and zones work.  In the end, the plays will vary significantly and the personnel used will move around in order to confuse the offense.  Defenses […]

Defense: Man-to-Man vs Zone

There are two basic ways to structure a defense: 1) Man-to-Man and 2) Zone. The true difference between these defenses is Coverage, or how they protect against the pass.  In Man-to-Man, as the name suggests, the pass defenders are assigned to specific players.  But in Zone Coverage, the pass defenders cover a specific area or […]