Throwing Against Cover 2

In September of last year, Andy Benoit with MMQB.com wrote a piece that declared “The Cover 2 is dying.” Well worth the read, Benoit outlined how the rise of 3-WR formations (and 11 personnel) coupled with more sophisticated quarterback play has exposed the flaws in this coverage scheme. Benoit illustrated how teams have shifted to…

Anatomy of an Adjustment: A Defensive Back by Any Other Name…

NFL coaches and commentators routinely talk of “making adjustments.” But what does that really mean? This series of plays from the Patriots’ 30-7 victory over the Vikings illustrates how the Patriots defensive coaching staff makes in-game adjustments. Minnesota took a 7-0 lead  early in the first quarter with an 8-play, 80-yard drive. The final two…