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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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.

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.

[H/T:] Reblogging this from Great site, and great post.


ESPN is reporting that Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke set the Division 1 single game passing record today throwing for 730 yards in a 64-61 win against New Hampshire.

Heinicke set school marks in pass completions (55), attempts (79), and passing yards (730).

Both schools are in the Football Championship Subdivision which was formally referred to as Div 1AA.

The FBS record is still 716 set by Houston’s David Klingler in 1990.

Earlier this season Sam Durley set the NCAA single game passing record with 736 yards in a Division III game.

Heinicke actually had more passing yards today than Tulane, Massachusetts, Southern Miss, Temple, Hawaii, Kent State, Navy, Texas State and UAB all have passing on the whole season.

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by Travis Normand

Saturday’s game between Michigan and Notre Dame is shaping up to be one of the more exciting games of the weekend.

It will be interesting to see if Notre Dame can get to 4-0 this season by beating Michigan. However, I am also anxious to see if Denard Robinson (QB, Michigan) can finally have his 2012 break-out game like he did last year against the Irish.

Regardless of what happens, all the coverage you could ever want (from a Notre Dame perspective) can be found over at This post is reblogged from their site and I highly encourage you to go over and check them out if you are interested.