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Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Football 101: Two Jet Aggie
This weeks play of the week is the Packer’s second TD from the Tampa Bay game. After a penalty, the Packers had the ball on the Buc’s 20 yard line, 2nd and goal. (Sherman didn’t identify the personnel package or the protection.)
The Tampa Bay defense was playing a cover two in which the safeties stay back and “get a lot of width”. Sherman drew arrows showing them going deeper and toward their respective sidelines at about a 45 degree angle. He made the point that it was really a three deep zone as their “fast mike linebacker” (M) drops back to the deep middle. So even though it’s called a “Tampa two” (cover two) it may end up being a three deep zone with four underneath (CB, W, B, & C). And on this play, they dropped T1 into coverage to about where M lined up, so the defense on this play was a three deep zone with five underneath. Also on this particular play, M “really cheated” to the wide side of the field toward the offense’s right (the ball was close to the left hash mark) and got a lot of depth. In other words, instead of dropping straight back, M dropped toward where S lined up. Only three defensive linemen rushed the passer on this play
Sherman: “Our receivers have landmarks on this play”. Against zone coverage we want 89 (Ferguson) lining up about four yards from the sideline. Fergy pressed to get outside (to CB’s left), couldn’t get there and came inside and then was able to get back outside. That was critical because they want to hold S1 so he stays to the outside on 89. 85 (Murphy) does the same thing on the other side – his job is to get outside to hold S. Sherman draws 80 and 83's routes: “We’re up in the seam right here”. 80’s (Driver) landmark is the edge of the numbers (yard lines - 10, 20, etc. - drawn on the field and Sherman draws a route that looks like a go route. 83's (Chatman) route looks the same and he, too, uses the edge of the numbers as a landmark. The idea is to stretch the field vertically and horizontally. The RB is a key player on the play. Sherman shows him taking a couple of steps to his right and then running toward where M lined up. His job is to run an option route against M but since M is really playing safety and T1 has taken his place, 30 (Green) runs a route right where M lined up (but where T1 is when he gets there) and then cuts to his right. “If we don’t have it vertically, we have a check down to Ahman Green running away from a defensive tackle”. 83 gets a “great get off” and Favre does a wonderful job of looking off M – that's the reason M “cheats” - goes toward the right of the offense - because Brett "looked him off" in that direction.
On the play, S1 is going to the left and deep, M who ordinarily would be in the deep middle is going deep to the right which, as Larry says on the radio call, “you talk about finding a seam in the Buccaneer zone defense, that seam was about a half a mile wide”. Chatman got behind W on what looked like a “skinny post” route (not a go route) for an easy TD. W, who should have had safety help on the play, made a futile attempt to knock the pass down.