Beating Cover 2 Teams in Youth Football

There are various defenses used in youth football today. Most youth coaches rely on what they played back in High School or often what they feel the most comfortable coaching. What that means to most of us coaching youth football is most of us will see lots of 5-3 looks or 5-2 with a monster, 6-2’s or even 6-3’s with no real safety. Today we even see a good number of 4-4 guys that really play it more like a 6 man front or even a few 3-5 teams that like to blitz a lot every play to make it more of a 5 or 6 man front.

One look we saw early on this past season from several teams was a 6-3 look. While we won’t go into the details of the alignment and techniques of each player, what was unique about this defense was the play of their corners. The corners were aligned about 12 yards deep and well outside our tight ends. They were playing deep half zone, cover 2. The two outside linebackers were over our tackles with the middle backer just to the strong side of our center. The middle backer was playing at about 6 yards and the other two backers at a depth of about 4 yards.

Obviously both of these teams were trying to stuff our strong side running game. We noticed that anytime the linebackers read run through backfield action, they filled aggressively. When there was an immediate pass read, the middle backer dropped off into a deep third middle zone type read, just looking to swipe any errant pass. Both of these teams had their stud playing the middle backer position.

The “Florida” Solution

At first this defense did seem to give us a few problems, we weren’t getting our normal 7 yards off-tackle. Instead, we had to put together near perfect drives, settling for 3-4 yard gains every time. That all changed once we ran the 16 Pass, this post is primarily meant for those that have the playbook and are running the system For those of you not running the system, this football play doesn’t look much different than the jump pass Tim Tebow has thrown so many times to wide open receivers at the University of Florida in his last two seasons. It comes right out of Urban Meyers playbook, but unlike many college football plays, this is one your youth football players can execute. Maybe you’ve se