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How to play Defense in the INFL
How to read a Defense
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Mastering the Defense in the INFL
About Lesson

Cover 4 defense, also known as quarters coverage, is a zone defense where four defensive players divide the field into four equal zones to defend against deep pass plays. This lesson will outline the key concepts and responsibilities for each defensive player in Cover 4 defense.

  1. Key Concept: Field Division
  • In Cover 4 defense, the field is divided into four deep zones, with each defensive player responsible for one zone.
  • The four zones are the left and right sidelines, and the left and right halves of the deep middle of the field.
  1. Key Concept: Deep Pass Coverage
  • Cover 4 defense is designed to prevent deep pass plays, with each defensive player responsible for covering a deep quarter of the field.
  • Defensive backs must maintain proper positioning to prevent any potential deep pass plays.
  1. Key Concept: Run Defense
  • The Cover 4 defense is vulnerable to running plays, so the front seven defenders must work together to defend against the run.
  1. Player Responsibilities
  • The cornerbacks are responsible for covering the outside quarters of the field, playing aggressively on short passes and maintaining good positioning on deep passes.
  • The safeties are responsible for covering the deep middle quarters of the field and preventing any deep pass plays.
  • The linebackers are responsible for defending against any potential runs, filling gaps and tackling ball carriers.
  1. Defensive Line Responsibilities
  • In Cover 4 defense, the defensive line must focus on getting a strong pass rush to disrupt the opposing quarterback’s timing and limit their ability to make deep throws.

By understanding and executing their responsibilities in Cover 4 defense, the defensive players can effectively prevent deep pass plays and limit the opponent’s offensive production.

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