Beating Cover-3

One great way to beat cover-3 is with a post-wheel route combination. Below, you can see that the defense is in a cover-3 defense, with the deep safety and each outside corner responsible for a deep 3rd of the field. This particular post-wheel attacked the corner on the left side of the defense.

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Tight End Greg Olsen’s post route was designed to eat up the deep third defender to that side, which he did.

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Tight End Ed Dickson ran a wheel to the area vacated by the deep third defender.

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This route combination broke down the coverage beautifully.

On a similar play later in the game, the Panthers called another cover-3 beater. This time, it was a post-corner route combination. As you can see, the Panthers got the cover-3 look they wanted again.

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The post on the outside would end up taking the deep third defender to that side with him, opening up a void for the corner route.

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Once again, the coverage was broken down beautifully.

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