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4-3 Over / Cover 4 Defense Set

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See more by Pat Narduzzi
  • Currently 4.80/5 Stars.
4.80/5 Stars (5 Reviews)
  • Run a simple base defense that allows your players to play fast and physical
  • Incorporate an aggressive Cover 4 into your 4-3 Defense
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Stopping the Run with 4-3 Over / Cover 4 Defense

with Pat Narduzzi,
Michigan State University Defensive Coordinator; 2010 Big Ten Co-Champions

Pat Narduzzi has elevated Michigan State's defense to one of the top run-stopping units in the country. Using their base over defense, Michigan State's defense allowed only one 100-yard rusher the entire 2010 season.

In this DVD, Narduzzi outlines his philosophy and principles for stopping the run by using a simple base defense. His "chalkboard" discussion shows how to keep it simple, which allows the defense to play fast and physical.

He demonstrates how using the over front gets nine men in the box, allows linebackers to run to the ball, and easily adjusts to any offensive scheme. With simple front adjustments, your opponent's favorite run plays can be stuffed at the line of scrimmage.

Narduzzi uses game footage to show how Michigan State's defense "builds a wall" at the line of scrimmage to stop the run. The sideline and end zone clips give you a great visual of how this defense allows for aggressive play while maintaining gap integrity.

The 4-3 over defense presented by Coach Narduzzi is sound against any scheme, easy to learn, and will no doubt allow your defense to play fast and physical.

82 minutes. 2011.

Stopping the Pass with the 4-3 Over / Cover 4 Defense

with Pat Narduzzi,
Michigan State University Defensive Coordinator; 2010 Big Ten Co-Champions

In 2010, Pat Narduzzi's ball hawking defense recorded 17 interceptions, its' highest total since 2004. Their entire secondary received All Big-Ten recognition. Coach Narduzzi's defenses are almost always nationally recognized for their excellence. Like Coach Bear Bryant said, "Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships."

In this DVD, Narduzzi presents the philosophies, principles and alignments for the 4-3 Cover 4 Defense. Now your defense can improve its pass coverage the same way Narduzzi elevated Michigan State's defense to one of the top units in the country ranking 23rd in the nation for Turnovers & Takeaways. Utilizing Cover 4 and aggressive player techniques has allowed Michigan State to become one of the conference's top defenses.

Using high quality game footage, Narduzzi teaches how to utilize Cover 4 versus a variety of formations and passing concepts. This video is a great learning tool for the intermediate to advanced level coach who wants to improve their 4-3 defenses pass coverage scheme.

Michigan State's 4-3 Cover 4 begins with corner play. Narduzzi's corners use press coverage which is unique in Cover 4. Intense press coverage will force opposing receivers into bubble releases, inconsistent routes, slow routes and will foster aggressive play by your defense. Safety and linebacker play are also covered extensively prior to coach reviewing Michigan State game film.

Gain valuable insight into coverage rules, fundamentals, keys, adjustments, and philosophies of the 4-3 over quarters coverage. Not only does Narduzzi cover a multitude of concepts, more importantly he explains why he believes so strongly in his defensive system. Narduzzi has carefully orchestrated this defensive system over 20 years and it has proven successful at every coaching stop along the way.

Get inside the mind of a defensive genius. Order now and learn how you can better defend the pass and turn your defense into a championship defense. 79 minutes. 2011.

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Ratings & Reviews

4-3 Over / Cover 4 Defense Set
on March 25, 2014
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
5/5 Stars

by Anonymous

Great overview of MSU's 4-3 system. Love the press quarters technique. Would have liked to see Coach Narduzzi go into more description about handling twins routes & some of his other coverage adjustments, but it is a great starting point for coaches interested in installing a modern 4-3 system.

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4-3 Over / Cover 4 Defense Set
on February 14, 2014
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
5/5 Stars

by Anonymous

These are great DVDs. Years ago coaches would teach by drawing defenses up on the white board. Later, they would talk to the audience using a power point outline. I've never been a fan of someone reading an outline to me that I can clearly read myself. Very often I would have to visualize what the speaker was trying to teach. In these DVDs, Coach uses the power point to get things started but then the majority of time he goes over game film illustrating all the teaching points from his lecture. He doesn't just use one or two clips but uses several game clips and goes over and over the teaching points. The DVD is one that can be used to teach the staff but also the players as well. Coach's use of repetition is an excellent teaching technique. It simulates much of what we like to do in do in the film room after a game with the players. I would highly recommend these DVDs not only for coaches but players alike.

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4-3 Over / Cover 4 Defense Set
on February 25, 2013
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
5/5 Stars

by Anonymous

Both of these videos are outstanding and have helped us as we switch from an Under 4-3/Cover 3 defense to an Over 4-3/Cover 4 system. We're making the switch for two reasons- first, we're seeing the Pro Set and Wing T less and the Spread-to-Run and Flexbone systems more. We feel like Cover 4 allows us to better handle running QB's than Cover 3 because we have a 9-man box with both safeties forcing the outside run. Secondly, the Over is more conducive to smaller faster teams that may not have enough size to play Backer-on-Ball defense. These DVD's do a nice job of presenting the overall system with front adjustments, run fits, and pattern-match principles for pass defense. The diagrams are clear, the explanations straightforward, and the cut-ups are relevant and reinforce the teaching. My only negative comment would be that if you are looking to install the whole system and not simply add Cover-4 to your existing system, you will probably need to buy all 3 of the position-specific DVD's from the Michigan State staff in addition to these two videos. Otherwise you will not have the knowledge needed to properly teach and drill all the different components and nuances of the system. These videos are more designed to give a philosophical overview of this simple but versatile system. The position-specific DVDs are more geared towards the coaching aspects of the system than the philosophical or schematic aspects. Schemes without drills are pretty worthless when you really get down to it.

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4-3 Over / Cover 4 Defense Set
on July 18, 2012
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
4/5 Stars

by RBWebb850

Very good and detailed on the 4-3 over front vs run and pass. Excellent buy for any coach at the high school level.

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4-3 Over / Cover 4 Defense Set
on March 17, 2012
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
5/5 Stars

by coachk363

Excellent breakdown of the 4-3 over/quarters coverage defense, it gives you pretty much a complete base defensive package. The only negative I can come up with is that isn't clear from the descriptions which one you should watch first (the "Stopping the Run" film should be watched first because in that one Narduzzi discusses the basic ideas of the entire defense).

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