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    It seems to me with all this talking about linebackers covering receivers that some people do not understand the system that the Bears run. Linebackers are in charge of the middle of the field and their zones. They are not there to cover Wr's.
    Breaking down the Bears' Cover-2 defense


    January 13, 2006




    The Bears' signature pass defense is the Cover-2, commonly known as the Tampa-2 in the NFL since it was popularized in Tampa Bay under Tony Dungy during the mid-to-late 1990s. Dungy, a former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back, has said that he and Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin merely adapted principles found in the Steelers' defensive playbook from the 1970s designed by Bud Carson.

    The central principle of the defense is to generate a pass rush from the front four to force the quarterback to throw the ball before he can wait for the intermediate and deep perimeter routes that are hot spots against the defense. It is a simple defense that requires top-level talent with speed and athletic ability to play it correctly.

    WHEN THEY USE IT

    The Bears use eight-man fronts on running downs, seeking to force the opposition into third-and-long situations.










    Breaking down the Bears' Cover-2 defense

    It is a simple defense that requires top-level talent with speed and athletic ability to play it correctly.
    Take a look at the Bears' Cover-2



    On passing plays, the Bears switch to the Cover-2, which utilizes the speed and quickness of linebackers and safeties to effectively limit close, easy passing options.

    WHAT THE COVER-2 DOES

    *Divides the field into five underneath zones and two deep zones. Each defensive player is responsible for covering a zone rather than a particular player.

    *The linebackers and cornerbacks cover the five underneath zones and cover seven yards deep.

    *The safeties split the two deep zones, and each covers half the field.

    WHAT EACH PLAYER DOES

    Defensive line applies pressure to the quarterback and clogs up middle running lanes.

    Linebackers must cover their zones, taking away short passes and help cover the run. Middle linebacker must be able to read the play, drop back and cover deep routes in the middle of field.

    Cornerbacks need to be quick and cover side route and come into help with the run.

    Safeties split the deep halves of the field. They must rely on speed and athleticism to cover much ground, help the cornerbacks and make open-field tackles.


    Hopefully that helps everyone now with the confusion.
    Last edited by dabears4654; 02-15-2006 at 07:22 PM.

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    Default Re: Cover 2 explained

    Quote Originally Posted by dabears4654


    On passing plays, the Bears switch to the Cover-2, which utilizes the speed and quickness of linebackers and safeties to effectively limit close, easy passing options.

    WHAT THE COVER-2 DOES

    *Divides the field into five underneath zones and two deep zones. Each defensive player is responsible for covering a zone rather than a particular player.

    *The linebackers and cornerbacks cover the five underneath zones and cover seven yards deep.

    *The safeties split the two deep zones, and each covers half the field.

    WHAT EACH PLAYER DOES

    Defensive line applies pressure to the quarterback and clogs up middle running lanes.

    Linebackers must cover their zones, taking away short passes and help cover the run. Middle linebacker must be able to read the play, drop back and cover deep routes in the middle of field.

    Cornerbacks need to be quick and cover side route and come into help with the run.

    Safeties split the deep halves of the field. They must rely on speed and athleticism to cover much ground, help the cornerbacks and make open-field tackles.


    Hopefully that helps everyone now with the confusion.
    no confusion here, running the same defense over and over just gives the opposing teams offense a better way to beat you. towards the end of the year, teams were able to camp in the holes zone coverage provides, and or run people off creating a iso man situation, usually resulting in 90% of the fanbase bitching at tillman.

    It's why the d couldnt get off the field in 3rd down situations. Well, that and piss poor tackling.
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    Default Re: Cover 2 explained

    I believe I heard some Bears coaches saying they're only in the cover 2 about 30% of the time, it's just their base defense.

    The term is overhyped now, like West Coast Offense. It's just a bullshit word that doesn't mean anything any more.
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