Originally posted by redmanc07:
It appears as if it was maybe a cover 3 and Mays and Clements didn't get back. Spencer has to be in his zone so that's not his fault. Its really hard to tell but it appears he was trying to communicate with Mays about Lloyd hitting his zone. We got burned on a similar play by the Texans last season where Spencer followed the WR and left his zone wide open for a TD.
Yeah, this sounds the most plausible. Goldson was playing in the box. He still bit hard on that play fake if he wasn't run blitzing.
If this was the call, Mays is responsible for the deep center. He was way too far left, so he may have bit on the fake as well.
Who's stupid f**king idea was it to put Mays deep in a cover three? I guess he did save the TD.
I hate our coverage schemes so much. Our players are so much better than this if utilized properly. My opinion anyway.
So that I'm not one of "those guys" who b***hes without a solution, I'll give mine. If you don't enjoy reading, skip to the next post.
1. Bench Goldson
2. Move Mays to FS
3. Start Reggie Smith at SS
Now, I'm not a defensive coordinator. I don't have any experience calling plays (except in Madden, lulz). I have a limited knowledge of scheme, as I'm sure most of us do.
That said, I think we should run what I think would be (at least similar to) a cover 6. Clements plays man coverage, in the WRs face, jamming him all day. This also puts Clements in position to take advantage of (IMO) his best attribute as a corner... his play against the run. It helps against the outside runs and screens we've been burned by. Reggie Smith at SS plays close to center field in deep zone, almost in cover 3 position. I think he is our best pure cover safety and would be best suited to picking up TEs running deep down the seam and most importantly, providing Clements help over the top because we all know Clement's penchant for biting.
On the other side, Spencer plays a short zone (shorter than our lame duck four shell) and does what I think he does best, which is shadow receivers. Mays would play FS, also in a short zone. This maximizes his ability to roam the field without leaving him as the last line of defense. He'll be up and ready to Blitz, pick up a TE on a short route, and play run defense. He has the speed to drop deep from a blitz position, which is crucial to creating confusion (why run a damn 3-4 if you aren't trying to confuse your opponent?). Now, Spencer and Mays primary responsibility would be working in tandem to cover the right side WR. Spencer keeps his man shadowed and covered very well, but hasn't shown the best ball awareness. This would be where Mays would take over, becoming an enforcer and perhaps even a play maker when a QB tries to beat Spencer's coverage. So, they would play almost like a quarters style coverage, but more aggressive with Mays closer to the line, but both still technically responsible for the deep quarters of the field. With Mays playing a short zone closer to the line, it will help limit those screen passes and outside runs we have such trouble with. Plus, who isn't salivating at the thought of Mays blitzing from the QB's blind-side
The line backers are then free to do what the 3-4 does best. Create as much confusion as possible. No need to send them back in coverage on every play anymore because the middle has a safety with corner speed and linebacker size roaming it.
This scheme puts a lot of pressure on Reggie Smith, though. He'd have to pick up Clements man quickly over the top, but also watch for plays that force Mays up in coverage and Spencer deep. I don't know if he's up to the task, but I do feel he is the best pure cover safety we have.
This alignment can also be inverted, depending on the type of WRs the offense has. You don't always have to play Clements on the #1 WR... he should take the guy that has the most trouble with physical corners.
Sorry for the long ass post. Our coverage scheme has been pissing me off all season and I've b***hed about it, so I felt obligated to sack up and provide a solution. Mostly though, it was just me venting. If you read the whole thing, thanks. Feel free to rip it apart, I've got no ego here.