Linebacker Drops in the
Traditional 3-Deep Zone

Chadd Braine
Defensive Coordinator, Northern Michigan University
NMU Team Clinic

There is a reason that the traditional 3-deep zone is one of the oldest and still most used coverages at all levels of football - because it works.

The 3-deep zone is an important part of our defense, and the under-coverage is the key.

Here is an overview of linebacker play in the 3-deep zone including adjustments to one-back sets and trips.

In our base 40 front the linebackers are responsible for four basic underneath landmark zones: curls and hooks.

However, formations and routes will have an affect on defender alignments and assignments. ... To read this article, and for full access to all CLN resources, get your MEMBERSHIP NOW.