By Doug Langley
Avon Grove High School (PA)
Teaching your corners to read through the 3-step is a must, especially as the high school passing game gets better each season. I’ll start by asking this question: Do you want your corner to be able to react to the QB’s release on the 3-step drop and be able to tackle the hitch as it’s caught or even break it up? I know your answer would be "yes." You can’t take away everything, but if you could stop it in its tracks you would be happy, right? As you work your coverages according to your game plan you know you’ll complete a hitch or a slant but if you can tackle it or maybe take it away completely, that could change your opponent’s thought process! If you teach your corners to read through the 3-step drop you will be more confident to leave your best corner alone on the backside of trips. You will also be more confident in taking away the 3-step drop when you are not in a Two-deep or in press coverage.
Once the QB is beyond the 3-step drop point the coverage dictates the corner’s drop. I teach the corners to read through the 3-step drop in Quarters coverage and in Cover Three. Teaching them to read through the 3-step drop is something that requires attention to detail but is not difficult to execute if it is taught correctly and consistently practiced.
Drill 1: Out/Slant with Cones
Coach these are great techniques and details versus the passing game. How do you incorporate a run technique and a play action technique into these concepts. And I am assuming these techniques are for a cover 3 concept?
We use this technique for cover 4 and cover 3. It works best in cover 4 because we have an inside alignment. The next phase to work is a 3 step route and a 5 step route (ex. 3 step out/ 5 step post) having the corners recognize the 3 or 5 step drop, react to the 3 step or get into coverage vs. 5 step. We will do the same thing with a 3 step route and run or play action.
Thank you for a good explanation of “Reading the Three-step Drop and the practice drills. I am going to add this to my practice plan and game plan. In addition, I have forward it to my defensive back coach as part of our instruction for our players this spring.
what do you teach to offset the slant and go in quarters
These are excellent fundamentals you are teaching to you players. It reaffirms many of the techniques I teach to db's