NFL 101: Introducing Trap Coverage

June 6, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In this installment of the "NFL 101" series at Bleacher Report, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen breaks down the basics of "trap" coverages to give you a better understanding of the scheme and its execution at the pro level.
Click here for the previous "NFL 101" breakdown: 2-Man coverage.
As we get back into the "NFL 101" series, let's take some time to talk about a specific coverage—or scheme—that allows defensive coordinators to send pressure, force the ball to come out and then go steal one by setting a "trap" in the secondary.
Run at both the pro and college levels, these trap coverages have different terminology, such as "gold", "2-Trap" or "Kathy," but the technique, reads and secondary discipline are the same, with a safety protecting over the top and a cornerback underneath lying in the weeds to jump the first outside breaking route.
The trap coverages (and pressure) are common schemes used in the playbooks of defe...

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