Stopping the Run with a Cover-3 Base Defense

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Stopping the Run with a Cover-3 Base Defense
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Coverages are the backbone of defensive structure, oddly enough, because they determine how and where the front defenders match their gaps and force the ball to go in pursuit. You cannot reasonably ask a cornerback to have deep coverage responsibility down the sideline while simultaneously containing against the perimeter run game.

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