David Jones all by David Jones
David Jones, Offensive Coordinator of Homewood High School, gives this coaching "chalk talk" on countering the Man Free and Cover Zero defenses. But, before you can control the defense, you have to be able to read it, preferably BEFORE the snap. Jones begins this coaching session with a discussion of pre-snap keys to defensive coverage and then covers various strategies your offense can use to counter them. Sometimes it all comes down to being patient and persistent...and making sure your offense has a plan when the coverage seems to give you little room to run.
This football series kicks off with a general overview of Man Free (Cover One) and Cover Zero defensive strategies. Man coverage can be disguised or obvious. Coach offers tips to help offensive players identify the defensive coverage strategy before the football is snapped.
If the defense is disguising coverage well, the offense may have to tip their hand to get a good read. Coach offers some pro-active ways your offense can do just that in this football video.
What offensive strategy is best against Cover Zero? Depends on your teams plan. But, you have to have a plan...and patience. If a defense is willing to go with an all out rush the offense has to accept that not everyone can be blocked. That's where planning and patience comes in. Coach discusses strategies that will give your team both - not to mention the winning score.
When an offense faces a team intent on using Cover Zero all night long, somebody's going to get hurt - and someone is going to win. Coach continues discussion of offensive strategies that can take control against a Cover Zero defense.
Coach wraps up this offensive chalk talk with examples of successful strategies he's used in facing the Cover Zero and Man Free (or Cover One). The best strategy regardless? Patience and Persistence.