Originally posted by SolRebe1:
While we are at it, what is a Tampa-2?
Is there a Tampta 1?
Tampa 2 is a variation of Cover 2 defense. Cover 2 has been around forever and traditionally has two deep zone safeties with short to mid zones assigned to CB's & LB's.
Bill Walsh picked traditional Cover 2 defenses apart by constantly attacking the deep seems between the two safeties or the gaps between a safety & CB.
The "Tampa 2" means the MLB plays a deeper drop to cover the seem between the two safeties, which allows them to shift slightly outside to close the seem with the CB's on their side. This deeper drop is sometimes called "Cover 3" as well.
The deeper MLB drop also shifted the OLB responsibilities slightly which made a "Tampa 2" team play differently from a "Cover 2" team. Even though both play essentially the same system otherwise.
So you could say Bill Walsh inspired the Tampa 2.