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SpaceTravel -The best coverage to pass against

Cover 3 has been great to our offense. Our best offensive production has been against Cover 3. Three- deep four-under has been a license for single-game 600 yard passing performances. The reason is that 3-deep 4-under creates the most open space – the most quantity and quality of open space that stays open the longest. Cover 3 is too passive, not aggressive enough to stop extreme no-huddle passing and constant motion/shift realignment. We’ve identified four reasons why:

  1. Least pressure on the quarterback.
  2. Least pressure on receiver release.
  3. Flawed execution.
  4. Bad decision-making.

Only four rushers has never be enough to stop a warp-speed no-huddle at our level. Unstoppable pass rushers don’t exist at our level. Our film study shows that Cover 3 leaves our quarterback unpressured the longest of any coverage. If 5 blockers can’t stop 4 pass rushers at our level, we don’t deserve to win.

Giving our receivers free release is a big mistake because it gives them a head start in the race to where they’re going. The only way to slow down no-huddle receivers is to hammer them relentlessly at the LOS. Every hit adds up. Taking away those hits adds up to extreme passing yards.

Film study shows that Cover3 is not created equal. That means that defender’s drops are not the same play after play. They change. Different angles, different depths, different response times. Response time is the time it takes for a dual-responsibility player to recognize pass and change gears from forward to reverse. Cover 3 diagrams look pretty on paper but never assume that the pretty diagrams materialize on the field. They don’t. There’s an abundance of film evidence that proves there’s a big difference between a Cover 3 diagram and what happens on the field.

Not only does response time slow down, defenders don’t react fast enough to match up with 4-5 receivers as a no-huddle drive progresses. Dual responsibility positions are defensive liabilities. Dual responsibility generally divides attention. They won’t excel at both jobs. What you focus on grows. One of our defensive strategies is to minimize two-gear players – forward and reverse. At our developmental level, the less jobs the better. Single-responsibility players shine brighter than dual responsibility.

Our offense calls Cover 3 Space Travel. There’s wide open spaces for 4-5 receivers to comfortably travel without taking any hits. Space Travel turns an ordinary offense into extraordinary offense, even it is the underdog with less natural talent.


Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., NCCP Level 3
Head coach – Niagara X-men football

head coach- Robert Bateman High School – GO WILD.

Owner – X Fitness Inc.

Gino Arcaro is a widely published author. His website, blog, Youtube channel, and list of books are at: His books include: 4th & hell: seasons 1-5, Soul of a Lifter, SWAT Offense, SWAT Defense, X Fitness Workout System, and a 3 business book series called Soul of an Entrepreneur . He also has written 20 editions of 6 law enforcement academic textbooks. A new 8-volume interrogation book series will be released in the spring of 2014. And just released, a new children’s book called “BE FIT – DON’T QUIT.” His latest book on human potential called “Hashtag Peace” is at the editing stage. It will be released soon.

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