Double coverage

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Two defensive backs on a Raiders receiver.

In American and Canadian football double coverage is a state of defensive playcalling wherein two defensive players are assigned to "cover" one offensive player. This situation is often seen with standout wide receivers and running backs.[1]

It is extremely rare to have 2 DBs man-cover a single receiver.[citation needed] Commentators who use the term "double-coverage" almost always mean a CB covering a WR man-to-man, with a safety playing "over the top" (typically trying to stay in front of the WR's route) for deep ball assistance.


  1. ^ Association, American Football Coaches (1 January 2000). "Offensive Football Strategies". Human Kinetics – via Google Books.