UNC Film Room: Mitch Trubisky to Ryan Switzer vs Quarters Defense

UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky finds Ryan Switzer for a touchdown vs the Citadel in quarters defense.

This long TD pass from Mitch Trubisky to Ryan Switzer is yet another example of Trubisky and Carolina taking advantage of quarters coverage as the defense attempts to use the secondary to help the front seven stop the run.

This is the same design we've broken down in this feature before, with a post route on the outside and a curl or dig route on the inside. With two vertical releases on the same side, Cover-4 (quarters) turns into one-on-one matchups, and the cornerback just doesn’t have the speed to defend Switzer on an in-breaking route after taking outside leverage. Switzer does a good job creating width before breaking inside, giving even more space for Trubisky to make the throw. Excellent execution (and better athletes) from Carolina made a big play out of a basic concept.

Let's go inside the ICTV GIF film room for a closer look.


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