Stopping the Run with 4-3 Over / Cover 4 Defense

by Pat Narduzzi


  • Run a simple base defense that allows your players to play fast and physical
  • Make easy adjustments to defend any offensive formation
  • Play aggressive defense while maintaining gap integrity

With Pat Narduzzi, University of Pittsburgh Head Coach;
former Michigan State University Defensive Coordinator; 2010 Big Ten Co-Champions;
Michigan State Ranked #1 in the Big Ten and #8 nationallyin 2012 for Rush Defense.

Pat Narduzzi has elevated Michigan State's defense to one of the top run-stopping units in the country. Using their base over defense, Michigan State's defense allowed only one 100-yard rusher the entire 2010 season.

In this instructional football course, Narduzzi outlines his philosophy and principles for stopping the run by using a simple base defense. His "chalkboard" discussion shows how to keep it simple, which allows the defense to play fast and physical.

He demonstrates how using the over front gets nine men in the box, allows linebackers to run to the ball, and easily adjusts to any offensive scheme. With simple front adjustments, your opponent's favorite run plays can be stuffed at the line of scrimmage.

Narduzzi uses game footage to show how Michigan State's defense ""builds a wall"" at the line of scrimmage to stop the run. The sideline and end zone clips give you a great visual of how this defense allows for aggressive play while maintaining gap integrity.

The 4-3 over defense presented by Coach Narduzzi is sound against any scheme, easy to learn, and will no doubt allow your defense to play fast and physical.


The Coach


Pat Narduzzi

Head Football Coach at University of Pittsburgh


Patrick Narduzzi (born April 22, 1966) is an American football coach and former player. He is the head coach at the University of Pittsburgh. He was formerly the defensive coordinator at Michigan State. He attended Youngstown State University and the University of Rhode Island. He earned his master's degree from Miami University.

Ratings and Reviews (1)

Gabriel Marcoux

Awesome course on, imo, the best 4 down front for today’s game.

Mar 4, 20 07:31 AM

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Course Info

Rating: (1)
Caterory: Football/Team Defense
Bookings: 11
Videos: 10