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Old 08-12-2005, 11:07 PM   #1
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how you beat a cover 1,2,3 and 4?

how you beat each of the following?

Cover 1

Cover 2

Cover 3

Cover 4

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Old 08-13-2005, 12:21 AM   #2
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Re: how you beat a cover 1,2,3 and 4?

I'll take a Stab at this...

Cover 1 is primarily a man defense, with one safety helping deep over the top. For Madden, good plays to beat this defense are plays that have a TE running a medium to deep route to take up the safety, and then its just one on one on the outside, so you can pick who you want to throw to. Also, with Cover 1, there usually is some type of blitz coming, so you will need to make a good presnap read. Another option would be to have one of the outside receivers run a Post or a Deep Dig route, and than have the TE/Slot receiver run a route to the area of the field that the player running the Post/Dig vacated.

For Cover 2, regardless of where its a zone or man play, you are going to want to attack the middle third of the field. With the two safeties playing over the top, they are trying to take away your deep outside options. The best way to do this is to use a deep route with your TE, and try and run some crossing patterns underneath with your outside guys, or run the outside guys deep to make sure the safeties are out of the way, and just have the TE get open with all the space in the middle to work with. The key is to be patient, because if you try to take chances that aren't there, consequences will be harsh.

For Cover 3, Short crossing routes are your friend. Because the defense will have 3 players taking away the deep thirds, going deep really isn't a viable option unless they are ungodly slow, or they bit hard on a play-action. But because you have 3 defenders deep, and usually 4 defenders rushing the passer, you only have 4 defenders to worry about (usually slower LBS) in the medium range part of the field. Try to run routes that flood an area of the field, and make the defenders make a decision on who to leave open because there will be holes to take advantage, again remember to be patient. As a corrolary, a lot of plays like to have zone blitzing with cover 3 coverage, because it provides some sort of protection against getting beat over the top. In this case, you are going to want to use your backs out in the flats, and use very short routes with your TE/Slot receiver to take advantage.

For Cover 4, it is pretty much the same concept as a cover 3 defense, only much more slanted to covering the deep pass. In this situation, going deep is pretty much not an option, unless its a grossly blown coverage. In this defense there will only be 3 defenders covering the medium range of the field, so short to medium range routes will have a lot of space to operate, and don't forget the backs out of the flat if the LBs drop too much.

Well this pretty much sums it up, hope this helps a bit.
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Re: how you beat a cover 1,2,3 and 4?

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I'll take a Stab at this...

Cover 1 is primarily a man defense, with one safety helping deep over the top. For Madden, good plays to beat this defense are plays that have a TE running a medium to deep route to take up the safety, and then its just one on one on the outside, so you can pick who you want to throw to. Also, with Cover 1, there usually is some type of blitz coming, so you will need to make a good presnap read. Another option would be to have one of the outside receivers run a Post or a Deep Dig route, and than have the TE/Slot receiver run a route to the area of the field that the player running the Post/Dig vacated.

For Cover 2, regardless of where its a zone or man play, you are going to want to attack the middle third of the field. With the two safeties playing over the top, they are trying to take away your deep outside options. The best way to do this is to use a deep route with your TE, and try and run some crossing patterns underneath with your outside guys, or run the outside guys deep to make sure the safeties are out of the way, and just have the TE get open with all the space in the middle to work with. The key is to be patient, because if you try to take chances that aren't there, consequences will be harsh.

For Cover 3, Short crossing routes are your friend. Because the defense will have 3 players taking away the deep thirds, going deep really isn't a viable option unless they are ungodly slow, or they bit hard on a play-action. But because you have 3 defenders deep, and usually 4 defenders rushing the passer, you only have 4 defenders to worry about (usually slower LBS) in the medium range part of the field. Try to run routes that flood an area of the field, and make the defenders make a decision on who to leave open because there will be holes to take advantage, again remember to be patient. As a corrolary, a lot of plays like to have zone blitzing with cover 3 coverage, because it provides some sort of protection against getting beat over the top. In this case, you are going to want to use your backs out in the flats, and use very short routes with your TE/Slot receiver to take advantage.

For Cover 4, it is pretty much the same concept as a cover 3 defense, only much more slanted to covering the deep pass. In this situation, going deep is pretty much not an option, unless its a grossly blown coverage. In this defense there will only be 3 defenders covering the medium range of the field, so short to medium range routes will have a lot of space to operate, and don't forget the backs out of the flat if the LBs drop too much.

Well this pretty much sums it up, hope this helps a bit.
I would like to add...good strategy.

For Cover 2, attack middle, also with attacking the deep sidelines of the field.

Cover 4, attack the sidelines.
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Old 08-13-2005, 02:18 AM   #4
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Re: how you beat a cover 1,2,3 and 4?

thanks so much

any tips in reading what defense there playing quickly before and after you snap the ball?
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Old 08-13-2005, 06:59 AM   #5
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Re: how you beat a cover 1,2,3 and 4?

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thanks so much

any tips in reading what defense there playing quickly before and after you snap the ball?
I haven't checked if you can tell presnap this year what coverage they are in but post snap look at the LBs then through to the safeties. You will get a feel for what the defenders do for each type of zone after awhile and then you will learn the best place to look to find an open WR. Just run your offense against each defense in practice mode. You should get a feel for them no problem.
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