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 Quarterback Training: Reading The Defense 
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Quarterback Training: Reading The Defense
by: Andrew Berkey





Football is an ever changing game and quarterback training is becoming more complex.

Reading defenses is one of most important football skills a quarterback can develop.

Learning to read the defenses is a continuous on the job quarterback training process I will discuss in 3 phases, the film room, on the field and watching football instructional videos pertaining to defenses and quarterback training strategies.

Phase 1 The film room:

1. Study your opponents most recent game films

a. Study what type defenses they run, is it 3-5-3 a 4-3 defense?

b. Identify their defensive tendencies, when do they stack the box, when do they blitz, what kind of blitzes do the use, how do they use the safeties on blitzes?

c. Look for individual player tendencies. I once knew a quarterback/place kicker, who every time he was going to pass, he licked his fingers as he approached either the line of scrimmage or as he lined up for a fake pat or field goal.

d. Defensive players and units are no different. Many players and units will telegraph their defensive strategies by the way they line up. When in the film room look for these idiosyncrasies, they are there, defenses do telegraph thier plays.

Phase 2 During the game:

1 Locate the safeties, where they are on the field and how many safeties are in the game as you approach the line of scrimmage. Safeties are the key to any defensive schemes you will face.

a. If the defense shows two safeties deep, each on the hash mark, this indicates a cover 2 zone defense. With each safety responsible for half the field, the center of the field might be open for the tight end or slot back or use a running play.

b. If the safeties are rotated to one side or moving towards the line of scrimmage, the quarterback may be seeing a blitz or man-to-man coverage. With both safeties on the same side of the field, the quarterback can have a wide receiver in in single coverage.

c. If a safety lines up on a tight end, expect all the defensive backs to be playing man-to-man.

d. Only one safety in the game indicates a cover three defense, the field divided in 3rds.

2. Quarterbacks read the corners. If they are playing close to the receivers, this usually indicates a zone defense. If the corners are playing off the receivers this indicates a man-to-man defense.

3. Look for mismatches. There will be times in a game where the offense has favorable mismatches with the defense. Exploit the situation, get the ball to your best receivers on the mismatch.

4. High school and middle schools are less likely to rotate line backers like the college ranks. When a new defender comes into the game, immediately test him, there is a reason he is not the starter.

Phase 3 Football Training Videos

Does it make sense to study the same football training videos studied by defenses? There are many quality reading the defense videos available. Use the link below to see our selection of DVDs

About The Author
Scoretouchdowns.com is an ecommerce store offering football training aids and football coaching videos. Learning how to read the defense is an essential skill every quarterback benefits from developing. Use the link below and see our positions page to find quarterbacks and so all of our DVDs that demonstrate how to read the defense.
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