FirstDown PlayBook “Invert” Coverage Explained

By FirstDown PlayBook on Nov 8, 2020

Defensive coaches are always looking for a way to get an extra defender down in the box to stop the run game. Quarters has been the coverage of choice to get this done as of late.

While quarters is a fantastic way to get help with the run game it can be complex and it requires that defenders read and see the same thing. Here at FirstDown PlayBook we are seeing a more simple way to get the extra defender in the box show up more and more.

We call it “Invert” coverage. It’s not new by any means and it can look like quarters unless you know the defensive call. Invert coverage allows you to predetermine that a safety or both safeties will drop down in the box on the snap of the ball.

This is a simpler way to get the extra defender in the box. It, like all coverages, has weaknesses. However, it is a good way to get a more physical defender in the box on the snap.

In today’s short video we explain how you can edit any of our varsity defenses to get to cover 2, cover 4 or cover 6 invert for your defense.

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