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Lovie Smith's Cover-2 Defense is Obsolete - Like This Stuff

Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On


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The X's and O's of the Cover-2 defense.

I've spent the better part of the last year trying to explain to people that Lovie Smith's Cover-2 defense is obsolete.  It's a dinosaur. A relic. 

It's not to say that in it's heyday it wasn't the goods.  It was once the height of defensive schemes, especially when employed by Tony Dungy's Tampa Bay Bucs in the late 90's (where Lovie was linebackers coach), the Cover-2 has been figured out.

You see, NFL coaches spend the entire offseason studying film and devising coutermoves to each move that's out there.  You defend with Cover-2, I use short passes.  You use quick short passes, we go man-to-man.  I'm oversimplifying it, but you get the idea.

So I was trying to draw an analogy for someone the other day, and I came up with a list of things that are also past their primes.  At one time, they seemed like the very cutting edge, now they're laughably inadequate.



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