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IMG 8099By Andrew Strobel, Defensive Coordinator, Culver-Stockton College

Find out of implementing Press Quarters cut Culver-Stockton's passing yards per game by 50 yards and improved their pass defensive effieciency by 22 points.



By Andrew Strobel

Defensive Coordinator

Culver-Stockton College

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This year we implemented press quarters and had huge success improving our pass defense. Here are a few statistics that we improved on.

Playing press quarters this past season help us have the most successful pass defense Culver has had in over 10 years

IMG 80992012 - 143.8 Yards passing per game 2011= 203 ypg

2012 - 12 INT’s   2011= 9 INT's

2012 - 1,582 yards total passing/ 2011= 2,233yds

Improved Pass Defense Efficiency by 22 points

Why Press Quarters?

  1. Disguise Coverage
  2. Give Safeties more time to read run/pass and help in the run game
  3. Press makes the WR’s uncomfortable
  4. Takes away 3-step timing

In our press quarters our alignments are dictated off of formation and the number of receiving threats. We don’t count TE’s as a receiving threat unless he is their best player. Most of the TE’s we see are big slow blocking tight ends. So, if there is one threat the corners will play inside aligned and funnel the WR to the side line. This allows the safeties to get a better run/pass read. The safeties technique is called walk-out and they literally walk back slowly reading the EMLOS. If the safety gets run his way he will fit outside. Huge coaching point is not going passed the LOS, because it will widen the running lanes. If the run is away, safety will give ground to gain ground. He will open up at a 45 degree angle and track the backside hip of the ball carrier then run the alley. This helps eliminate bad angles.


Here is the angle we are looking to get from our backside safety. It is important because if you give up some ground it will put you in better position to make the tackle. If the backside safety comes flying down he will end up wheeling out and chasing the ball carrier from behind. We want our safeties to come DOWN hill to make tackles.


Next is when there are two WR’s to the same side. The corner and safety will give a “wheel” call which tells the outside backer that  they will exchange routes. The corner with two wr’s to his side will have an outside alignment and he will get his visual key off of the #2 wide receiver. His pressure key will be the #1 receiver. The SS will align either head up or slightly inside the #2 receiver. On the backside the corner has one threat, so he will play inside aligned funneling him to the side line. FS 2x10 of the EMLOS and he is now looking to help the RC or the #2 coming accrossed.


This call is called on the field vs. a twins look with #2 is athletically better than our match player in quarters.  The dall does not affect what we key or how we play 3 step for the three players involved (match player, safety, and corner).  If it is a 5 or 7 step drop, sprint, or dash, we would execute the call.

If #2 runs vertically or inside we just play our normal quarters rules.  If #2 runs a wheel route, the corner comes off his man and mans up #2 on the wheel.  The match player would then go play insde of #1 since he has now become the new #2.  The safety would play inside and over the top of #1 providing a bracket on this player with the match player.  If the #1 went vertical the match player would zone up and get visual.  To execute this call all 3 defenders involved must see #2 for proper execution.


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