Miquan Grace- #1 Safety In Ohio - Cincinnati's own
Cover 0: Man coverage- Possibly the most demanding physically. Players must communicate and avoid mismatches. The QB is often looking for these mismatches on his "Pre-Snap" read.
Cover 1: Man coverage by the strong safety and corner, with the free safety roaming the field often feeling pressure underneath and over the top making decision making a must. Players must used mathematics, geometry, and intellect that involves critical thinking to master this coverage.
Cover 2: The high safeties divide the field with zone coverage splitting the field in two halves. This is demanding and requires split second timing and discipline to avoid getting beat over the top. If a safety abandons his zone and bites down on the run then this spells disaster for a defense. Corner backs play the flats in this coverage and often jam the receivers to avoid to disrupt the timing.
Cover 3: Corner backs and free safety divide the field into deep third zone. In the cover three zone coverage, the strong safety checks the flat routes shallow, but has no deep responsibility. The rules often involve not getting beat over the top of your head, keeping everything in front of you, and forcing runners inside to the strength of the line backing core on the outside run plays.
Cover 4: Corner backs and both safeties divide the field into 4 equal quarters and play zone coverage. This is often used on passing downs to avoid the deep threat and to increase the numbers. This is the only coverage besides Cover 0 that will work against 4 vertical routes.