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Combo Coverages out of the 46 Defense

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© August, 2009

by Jonathan “Taz” Randall
Head Football Coach, Clover Park High School Warriors (WA)

When discussing the 46 or Bear Defense, most coaches chalk up the defense with an 8 man front, utilizing blitzes and man coverages to:
•    stop the run;
•    make them throw and make them throw fast.

However, Coach Rex Ryan taught me a few variations of the 46 that looks like a man coverage but is actually a combo coverage. 

    The combo coverage variation has been good to us the past 16 years.  It is our initial adjustment to twins, trips and double tight trey formations.  The adjustment gives the pre-snap read of man free (man coverage with a free safety over the top) with 5 man pressure or man coverage (no help over the top) with 6 man pressure.

    Huddle call is 6, which is our base 3 deep – 3 under zone.  We give up the flats, but will not let you beat us deep.  If you throw in the flats, we’ll come up and rock you and dare you to do it again. We believe that we are more patience than the offense and that they won’t dink it down ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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