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Sunday, June 1, 2014

4-3 Tampa 2

As I watch more film on I am really drawn to the 4-3 Tampa 2 defense. This may be because I followed the Chicago Bears closely in 2006 - 2007 or because Liberty University ran a lot of Tampa 2 when I played there from 2005 - 2008. Regardless of the reason, I find myself drawn to the simplicity and effectiveness of the Tampa 2 scheme.

If only we had a QB in 2006....

 The big theme this year was man coverage (cover 1 or cover 0) in the NFL because that is what the coordinators believe you have to run to shut down spread concepts. Now, I am also a fan of man coverage, but the team that won the Super Bowl (Seattle Seahawks) ran a TON of zone coverage (cover 3). The quarterback has to turn his front shoulder to where he wants to throw the football and in zone coverage every defender can see where that is pointed. The Seahawks' secondary / linebackers used this to CRUSH the Broncos in the Super Bowl because they were keyed into Manning's front shoulder.

Legion of Boom

Two of the most dominant defenses in the history of football used zone coverage to win a Super Bowl (Tampa Bay and Seattle), and they both used simple zone coverage schemes that can / should be taught at the high school level (Tampa 2 and cover 3).

To effectively run a 4-3 Tampa 2 defense there are three things you must have to be successful.
1. A Mike Linebacker who is athletic enough to be the run - thru against a pass
2. A dominant 3 technique (under tackle)
3. Corners that are physical enough to set the edge of the defense versus a run or outside screen

There is your DOMINANT 3 tech

Lastly, any good defense has to be able to mix up their coverages to keep the offense off - balance. Even the Bucs of the late 90's and early 2000's did this well. Check out this article if you don't believe me:

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