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Old 10-18-2018, 03:39 PM   #1
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Defensive schemes that people have used. Everyone remembers in the 2000's after the Ravens and Bucs won using the Tampa/Cover 2 schemes. Everyone jumped to switch to the scheme and the offenses adjusted. The scheme just wasn't near as effective as offenses adjusted.

2012 Seattle lit the league by storm with the cover 3 CB bail. This was to counter the Manning/Brady spread you out short rub route offenses. It put 8 in the box to stop that offense and the run game. Single high S and bail the CB's deep as routes required. Another popular Defense today is the Zimmer single high with lots of guys in the box. The 2 defenses are similar in a lot of way. I heard some talking heads talking about how over half the league plays one of the 2 defenses either the Seattle cover 3 bail or Zimmer single high. Offenses have adjusted and are lighting these defenses up. They are having to do less game planning when everyone is playing a similar D. Even the Jags can't stop anyone with their talent using this system. Makes sense to me.
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I don't think anyone relies on a single front or coverage. You always have to mix it up and see what types of things will work against each weekly opponents favorite pass combos and runs based on their formations, personnel groupings and down/distance tendencies.

You also have to take personnel into account as well when determining your package of coverages. Everyone is complaining about how we are playing more "bend but don't break" zone coverages. To the extent that we are pattern reading more than playing press man, it's probably because our personnel in the secondary is not the strength they once were and we can protect them better in matchup zones rather than straight man under. That is also true re: LBs vs TEs and backs in the pass game. We do not have the personnel in the box to play a steady diet of man coverage against the backs and tight ends we frequently see.
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Old 10-19-2018, 08:20 AM   #3
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I don't think anyone relies on a single front or coverage. You always have to mix it up and see what types of things will work against each weekly opponents favorite pass combos and runs based on their formations, personnel groupings and down/distance tendencies.

You also have to take personnel into account as well when determining your package of coverages. Everyone is complaining about how we are playing more "bend but don't break" zone coverages. To the extent that we are pattern reading more than playing press man, it's probably because our personnel in the secondary is not the strength they once were and we can protect them better in matchup zones rather than straight man under. That is also true re: LBs vs TEs and backs in the pass game. We do not have the personnel in the box to play a steady diet of man coverage against the backs and tight ends we frequently see.
Denver had one of the worst nickle defenses in the league which in today's NFL needs to be your best. Denvers base defense is a Zimmer version and the LBs cant cover anyone. I feel the idea that half the league runs one of two defenses primarily along with the rules favoring offense have upped the scoring. Offenses have adjusted to the Seattle and Minny style of defenses and throw down the field more. Drinking and dunking plays into the strengths of these defenses. I thought it was an interesting idea that seems to make sense.
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