Stopping the Pass in the 4-3 Defenseby Eric Kasperowicz
Utilize press quarters coverage in the 4-3 defense to defend against the pass!
Learn the benefits of the press quarters system and how it can prevent your team from getting beat through the air
Get a detailed look at how to coach the stance, alignment, technique, and reads of your players in the secondary
Adjust your coverage to 3x1 formations for when the offense tries to take advantage of favorable match-ups
with Eric Kasperowicz,
Pine-Richland High School (PA) Head Coach;
2018 WPIAL 6A Champions (3rd title in 5 years);
2017 Pennsylvania Class 6A State Champs (16-0 record);
finalist for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Coach of the Year (2017)
Do you have a plan to adjust your 4-3 defense to a team that likes to pass the ball? In this video, Pine-Richland High School head coach Eric Kasperowicz shows how he utilizes press quarters coverage in his 4-3 system to ensure his defense doesn't get picked apart through the air.
Kasperowicz begins with an overview of press quarters coverage, including his belief of why it is effective against the pass. He also goes in-depth about which type of player he looks for at each position. As an added bonus, you'll get a detailed presentation on the technique of the press corner and what routes they should expect based on the split and type of release the receiver takes.
Coach Kasperowicz diagrams the alignment and pass responsibilities of each player that is involved in pass defense. Additionally, he describes how the linebackers and safeties match up against inside receivers, and how the corners match the outside receivers. You'll get examples of the responsibilities of each player using game footage. Kasperowicz shows:
The basic alignment and responsibilities for each defender that involved in pass coverage.
How to run cover 1 from the same look in order to confuse opponents.
Game footage examples of each position executing pattern reads and coverage responsibilities against a variety of offensive looks.
The presentation concludes with Kasperowicz diagramming how coverage can be adjusted to defend 3x1 formations. He also shows several ways to double cover a receiver, as well as how to add a player into a run fit with common adjustments. You'll learn:
How to play press quarters against 3x1 by utilizing the backside safety.
Coach Kasperowicz's "stress" adjustment to 3x1 formations that frees up the backside safety.
Several ways to utilize the backside safety to overload the running game or take away a certain receiver.
Coach Kasperowicz does an outstanding job presenting the press quarters coverage system. With this video, you will have your defense shutting down the opponent's passing game in no time!
Head Coach of the Pine-Richland Rams
Eric Kasperowicz led the 2019 Pine-Richland Rams to back-to-back-to-back WPIAL appearances winning the title 2x. In 2017, the Pine-Richland football team a 16-0 mark and the No. 1 spot in Pennsylvania and No. 10 nationally in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 football rankings. Kasperowicz has been the Rams' head coach for 6 years.
Pine-Richland finished off a perfect 16-0 campaign with a 41-21 victory over St. Joseph’s Prep in the Class 6A state final and the Rams’ leader was named a finalist for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Coach of the Year honor. Coach Kasperowicz was the National Federation of High School (NFHS) Coach of the Year this past season (2018). He was the PA State Coach of the Year, the Post-Gazette AAAA Coach of the Year, and the PA Football News AAAA and PA Football writers AAAA Coach of the Year in 2017 & 2014.
Coach graduated from North Hills High School in 1994 where he was a 4-year starter at Quarterback and Safety. He led the Indians to a WPIAL AAAA Championship and the school’s first & only PA State Championship.
Considered as the best all-around player in WPIAL history, Eric had 6,869 career yards and 20 career interceptions as a defensive back. In 1994, along with Peyton Manning, Eric was selected as a Parade All-American. Eric was also selected as the USA Today and Associated Press Pennsylvania Player of the year and was the starting Quarterback in the prestigious Big 33 Game (PA vs. OH), was later voted as the All Time Greatest Player in Western PA (WPIAL) beating out just great sports luminaries such as Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett, Dan Marino and Lavar Arrington. All of these awards culminated with Eric’s 2014 induction into the WPIAL Hall of Fame.
Upon his graduation from high school, he attended the University of Pittsburgh on a football scholarship lettering all 4 years and was the team’s starting outside linebacker his last two years. After an injury-plagued career and a few NFL tryouts later, Eric was able to return to his high school alma mater to begin his coaching career. Coach Kasperowicz spent 11 years as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator under the legendary Jack McCurry, with each year getting the team to the 9 win mark.
Coach Kasperowicz lives in Pittsburgh with his lovely wife Jennifer, and his three children, Ella, Eric and Emlyn.