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…

Understanding Pass Defenses

This article serves as a primer on understanding pass defenses in the NFL. Familiarity with the concepts here will help you identify these coverages, but more importantly their strengths and weaknesses to better understand why an offense might use them in a certain situation. To break things down into manageable chunks, topics are organized as follows: Basic…