"singersp" wrote:
"midgensa" wrote:
This really makes sense when you think about it. As stated by some others, Winfield is as good a tackling corner as there is in the NFL, so you can run those short slot routes and he will take them down before much of a gain if any. Also, it is tougher to burn the slot-corner on a deep route than it is the outside corner, and we all know that Winfield has a little trouble with downfield-coverage.
He also would be very effective in the run-blitz or a straight pass-rush spot from the slot-corner. Not a bad spot if McCauley, Griffen and/or Gordon can hold up their ends of the bargain.
And there in lies the problem with Winfield & our other DB's. Sure, they keep the receivers from getting the YAC a lot, & Winnie will tackle them on the spot, but they also allow them to catch it in the first place.

People claim "Big Deal", they only got 5-6 yards out of the play, but exactly how many of those does it take to move the chains? Last time I checked, it was 2.

Teams have been absolutely killing us with those types of plays for years & we let them march down the field slowly but surely. I see that happening even more with Allen on the team. The balls will come out quick & for short yardage, but if we still allow them to catch it, they are going to move the chains.

It's exactly what we try to do to other teams with our WCO.

If our defense continually allows 5-6 yard passes to be caught, teams are going to take advantage of it. If a defense allows a RB to get 5-6 YPC, those teams are going to run the ball.

Give me DB's who can bat the ball away for an incompletion & then we have something.

With the addition of Allen this year, I see teams using the quick slant on us a lot more this year. When's the last time Allen got a sack on a quick slant?

Where I see him having an impact on those plays is the coverage he will draw. Hopefully it allows our inside guys to get in the face of the QB sooner.

We were worst in the league for yards given up last year. 4,225 yards given up. Of the 646 catches we gave up, only 46 of them were for 20+ yards & 6 of them for 40+.

That means 594 of them were short passes where we allowed our opponents to catch the ball w/o much YAC. 170 of them were for first downs.

The yards add up quickly don't they?
They won't add up as quickly as that when the LBrs are allowed to drop into those short zones so the QB doesn't throw the short balls to the WR's that you want the CB's to bat down.

From our good friends and Wiki.....

Cover Two - By far the most complicated zone coverage with the safeties playing deep and covering half the field each. In cover two the cornerbacks are considered to be "hard" corners, meaning that they have increased run stopping responsibilities and generally defend against shorter passes, although if two receivers run a deep route on a certain side of the field, that side's corner has deep coverage responsibility as well. It also relies heavily on the Mike (Middle) Linebacker's ability to quickly drop deep downfield into pass coverage when he reads pass. The advantage of cover 2 is that it provides great versatility to the defense as the corners can play run, short pass, and deep pass with the confidence that they have support from two deep safeties, while the disadvantage is that it leaves only 7 men in the "box" (area near the ball at the snap) to defend against the run. In contrast cover 1 and 3 usually leave 8 men in the box. A variant of cover two is the inverted cover 2, in which either right before or after the snap the corners "bail" out while the safeties come up - in effect switching responsibilities. This strategy may be employed to trick a quarterback who has not correctly interpreted the shift.

From our good friends and Geocities....

"Cover 2" is identifield with two safeties and the two corners playing tight. The two safeties cut the deep field in halves, while the corners cover the flats. The linebackers cover the middle of the field. The passing hot spots lie short in between the corner and linebackers and long by splitting right in between the safeties. This is perhaps the strongest defense against the pass, but in turn it is weaker against the run.

Long story short, the cover 2 hasn't worked because we didn't have the right personnel to execute it.
Now, under the assumption that JA makes everything better on the DL (front 4 get pressure), our LB's can now do thier jobs and that is to assist the CB's in taking away those quick slots/outs that all of us hate watching.

Heres hoping JA is everything he is all cut up to be.