From Cover 0 to Cover 4, in images.

Reblog by Travis Normand
December 13, 2017

I don’t normally “reblog” other people’s posts, but I enjoyed this one so much that I figured I would go ahead and do it. Hopefully others here will enjoy it as well. If I had more time to write about plays, coverages, and schemes, I would do so. However, why re-create the wheel when someone else has done such a great job already.

Be sure to check out the entire site over at “Code and Football.”

Code and Football

I’ve been getting some decent feedback from the pass defense images I’ve made, so I’ve decided to extend this series for now.

Cover Zero and Man Free

In Cover Zero, all the defensive backs have assignments, and so there is no “free” safety. This is good for blitzes, but can be weak if your defensive backfield lacks the ability to cover for any length of time. In this image, the stippled lines represent an assigned ‘man’.

Cover Zero, Tampa Under front, ace backfield. Cover Zero, Tampa Under front, ace backfield.

The coverage “man free” or “one free” is a defense where the free safety is a free agent, able to defend or double cover or safety blitz, as the need arises.

man free, Miami 43 over front. man free, Miami 43 over front.

Cover  1

Cover 1 keeps the free safety back in a deep zone. Otherwise, coverage beneath is man to man, or perhaps a mix of man and zone.

Miami 43, shade front, man plus cover 1 by the free safety. Miami 43…

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Case closed on McCoy and Hicks

by Travis Normand

I will always wonder what the full story on this was.


And this time, we think they mean it.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, Texas football players Case McCoy and Jordan Hickswill not be charged following a San Antonio Police Department  investigation into an alleged sexual assault.  The alleged assault took place the day before the Longhorns’ appearance in the Alamo Bowl.

The decision to close the case comes two weeks after the lawyers for both players publicly proclaimed it to be closed, while the SAPD stated a short time later the case was still open and active.

The quarterback McCoy and linebacker Hicks were both suspended for the bowl game and sent home after the SAPD confirmed two UT football players were the subject of an investigation.  In mid-January, head coach Mack Brown announced that both had been reinstated to the team.

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Montana to Transfer

by Travis Normand

While I don’t want to judge the Montanas and their collegiate decisions, it certainly seems that they are an impatient lot who are not willing to let the process play itself out.


Transferring has been somewhat of a common theme for the Montana family. For Nick Montana, a commitment to Tulane will hopefully be his last.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Montana will enroll at Tulane following one year at Mt. San Antonio College in California where he threw for 2,652 yards and 22 touchdowns this season. Montana will be a junior in 2013. Tulane has not confirmed the report.

The son of NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana began his collegiate career at Washington, but sat behind Keith Price and eventually transferred after the 2011 season. Montana saw most of his action late last season when Price suffered a knee injury against USC and recorded one start the next week against Oregon State, a 38-21 loss.

Nick’s brother, Nate, has also transferred a few times during his college career. Those stops have included Notre Dame (a couple of times), Montana (we…

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by Travis Normand

I found this over at (Strong and True, The Notre Dame Football Blog) and wanted to share it.  I am not yet making a case for Notre Dame to be in the National Title game, but this visual representation of how well the Irish defense has played this season is very impressive.

Some people will argue that Notre Dame hasn’t been impressive enough (overall) this season.  However, one cannot argue that the Irish defense has been anything less than amazing against the competition it has played.

The next measuring stick for Notre Dame’s defense will come on November 24, when the Irish face USC.  Of all the opponents that Notre Dame has faced thus far, only one of them has a scoring offense ranked in the top 50 (by points per game) — Oklahoma is ranked 13th at 39.78 points per game.  USC’s offense is currently ranked 26th (tied with Georgia) scoring 36.9 points per game in 2012.  Most pollsters will probably wait and see what Notre Dame is able to do against this USC offense before they decide whether or not the Irish have a legitimate claim to one of the two spots in the BCS Championship game.

Notre Dame Football Blog


The Irish are 10-0 after defeating Boston College last Saturday, and both the offense and defense made solid contributions in the game. Notre Dame’s offense scored a touchdown on three of its first four possessions, but methodical drives by both teams kept the overall drive count in the game low. The defense kept the Eagles out of the end zone all night, and recorded four sacks, a fumble, and an interception.

The story of the season has been defensive dominance, as we have documented in our Drive Charting posts all year long. The chart above illustrates one of Notre Dame’s most remarkable defensive stats, preventing opponents from driving the length of the field to the end zone. On 93 opponent drives started at or inside the opponent’s 40-yard line, the Irish have given up one touchdown. That 3-play, 75-yard scoring drive by Navy occurred on the sixth opponent possession of…

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by Travis Normand

Just like the post on said, I know that my own site (OPS) is full of spelling and grammatical mistakes. However, when you are ESPN and you make these types of mistakes, you are going to get called out.  It is that simple.