I've been playing in a league with 4 of my friends. We're in our fourth year and although I'm having fun on the ride it's getting frustrating because I keep losing to the same guy every year in the conference finals or divisional by a FG or less. I've tried skills trainer, YouTube videos, and running audibles in practice mode. But, it's not translating well to in game. I've tried curls, comebacks, and out routes to mixed results. TE up the seam is high risk high reward with either big catches or tips leading to picks. He's mostly running Cover 3 Sky and Cover 3 Mable. I'm just here to see if you guys have any plays or audibles that I could try out. Sorry for the long post. Thank you in advance.
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TL;DR Need help beating Cover 3 Sky/Mable.
Got a question, a buddy of mine runs bench and bench switch A LOT a long with corner strike whats the best defence against that?
It's a complete joke that you can (truthfully) say this.
You're not wrong. You should be wrong, but you're not.
Cover 3 with hard flats to stop the out should have no trouble with bench (CB has corner route as only assignment), but instead deep zones do nothing in this situation and it's an easy uncontested catch.
The NFL-strategy calls vs cover 3 are flood, curl/flat, spacing, spot, 4 verticals, stick, drive, shallow cross, fin, dagger, and more. It's asinine that a designed cover 2 beater will easily allow 2 routes to beat 2 zones, with one the zones ignoring their assignment to cover nothing.
vs cover 3 sky streak the slot wr and out route the outside receiver and then have the out route go to the sticks. the streak will prevent the purple zone from getting underneath the out route. if he adjusts to this by cloud flatting his purple, the slot streak will be open down the seem right after snap.
vs cover 3 mable verts works well as well as flooding the middle of the field with multiple crossers. Mable is designed to cover the sidelines, not the middle.
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also try levels plays. the linebacker usually break off on the first two routes across the middle. my best advice to you is to pick your way down the field bit by bit.
Cover 3 Sky or Cover 3 in general I would abuse the flat (simple hb's out of the back field) while running a 3 WR set and force my opponent to respect that high percentage pass play. Also what is he running Cover 3 in formation wise? Don't forget to run the football if he is only showing 3 DL. simple curl/flat concepts should work as well.
What will end up happening though is he will probably start shading underneath (i.e. cover 3 hard), this is when you throw the flag or comeback routes.
I love seeing my opponent run Cover 3 Mable. I immediately start setting up a WR set with my inside WR running a Wheel with the outside WR running a deep curl, post or slant — basically this is an auto-touchdown if the inside WR receiver has good speed.
i used to play too much cover 3. things i struggled with.
deep middle posts from TE on left or right side. with a vert on the outside.
TE cutting across field and the WR running a post to the middle above him.
WRs being stacked 3 on one side, works esp well when other side drags or crosses to the stacked side a few seconds into the play.
Also for less high risk high reward. are flats covered? when i had to run c3 and cover them i would make one olb purp zone a flat instead and user the mlb to cover mid or flat on other side. abuse flats if you can. c3 inherently has purp zones and no flats.
also im 100% sure you can youtube how to beat cover 3 sky/marble so not sure why that didnt help.
Screens out of shotgun can also be very effective. If they're in cover 3, nobody is in the flats and linebackers struggle to commit. Once in a while a nickel corner or linebacker will shoot and get through your blockers…but you usually end up with 2 offensive linemen against 3 dbs. Make one miss and it's a td.
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Verticals work well too, hit the slot receiver in between the middle and outside zone once they get released usually 8 or 9 yards down field.
Have either the slot WR or TE run the seam route, with one of your wideouts running a slant underneath it. It is an easy 6-8 yard pick up against any cover 3 (all you have to do is beat the linebacker/s), so much so that it will frustrate your opponent into changing coverage.
seams, over/under combos, lots of stuff really…what adjustments is he making? are they soft flats? if so, attack the flat. If they're hard flats, corner routes. Mable defense is very vulnerable to crossing routes.
PA Y Drag Wheel gets you at least 18 yards if you throw it to the receiver on the crossing route against cover 3.
Verticals with a 2 receiver set each side. Don't read your receivers, read the one high safety. As soon as you see him favor or turn his hips to one side of the field, throw it to the vertical seam route opposite of that. One of my core plays for DESTROYING cover 3
Another thing you can do is go to practice (I'm assuming this is connected franchise) and on your offensive gameplay, select “Attacking cover 3” and instead of simming the practice, go in and practice the concepts that work against cover 3.
PA WR In – http://maddenfocus.com/play.php?t=25&pid=17857 streak the slot, motion the TE across the line and motion snap to gain an extra blocker. Throw to the post when clears the middle of the field.
PA Slot Options – http://maddenfocus.com/play.php?t=25&pid=17824 Streak the inside receiver on the Post side, motion the the outside wr on opposite side & hotroute LT/L2. Hotroute Right stick Zig the inside receiver on the motion side. Throw to post after it clears the middle.
Edit: Call these outside of 40 yards so you have room to get behind the far side deep zone. These are 1 play C3 beaters for TDs.
Looks like you have a lot of good tips here. My 2 cents would be to get your TE the ball. Up the seam, flood plays, out routes TE's are a matchup problem especially if they have any speed. Also pitch plays can work on occasion as the corners will be bailing at the snap and usually play off coverage. Last thing is get your speed guys the ball in space. So drag routes, crossing routes and stuff like that can really shred a cover 3 if you can get some pass protection. Cover 3 wants to take the big play away so you have to beat it with consistent 4-8 yard plays and stay out of 3rd and long.
Though if you have some stud WR who has really good spectacular catch running a shot play with 2 WR's running verticals up each sideline can work as the deep safety will have to choose which one to guard, so you can get 1 on 1 deep.
Oh and just getting a consistent run game in general can work wonders as the other player might start guessing run and blitzing so you can then burn them with play action.