Ultimately, pattern reading is the ability to outnumber the offense to the side of the throw based on the route being executed (e.g., four defenders on three receivers). It is accomplished in an aggressive manner by breaking on receivers’ patterns to allow the defender to get closer to the ball. Coaching Pattern-Read Coverage clearly outlines how coaches should teach pattern reading to their players. The book provides a starting point for teaching pattern reading with information that will stimulate your thinking.
Counting and Identifying
What Is Pattern Reading?
Terms, Techniques, and Communication
Understanding Pass Concepts
Coverages in 4 Under 3 Deep
Coverages in 5 Under 2 Deep
Coverages in 3 Under 4 Across—Quarters
Additional Important Defensive Points