Potential Avenues For The Virginia Tech Defense, Part 4: Coverage

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Virginia Tech, Justin Hamilton
How will the Virginia Tech coverages change under Justin Hamilton? (Dave Knachel, Virginia Tech Athletics)

Previous articles on the Virginia Tech scheme: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Let’s close out with what might be different for Virginia Tech linebackers and defensive backs. Coverages are the main issue here, though there are some details, too.

New linebackers coach Tracy Claeys prefers fast, attacking fronts, saying at one point that he’s never asked a defensive lineman to hold up an offensive lineman. His teams attack screens and punish quarterbacks on short drops. In coverage, he prefers spot-drop zones and man coverage, but you’ll see some brackets, too. Beyond the bracketing, there isn’t a lot of matching/route-reading, and he says as much. He likes how pure zones allow players to follow the ball. Watch the