Originally posted by DarthNiner:
I don't know if you guys are aware of it, but we are playing the Bears, a team that plays strictly a cover 2. You can't go 'deep down the sidelines on a cover 2 because there will be a safety waiting on top if you do.
The way to beat the cover 2 is down the seams (hashmarks) and behind the MLB. Urlacher is not playing so the way to beat a cover 2 is with a fast TE (to attack the middle) or a good slot WR (to attack the seams). Another good way to go against a cover 2 is to run it. Since there will be two safeties back, there should be seven defenders (in the 4-3) and seven blockers (5 oline, TE, FB) so the Gore should be on the second level by the time he's tackled.
You can't just make a sweeping generalization that we should 'throw the ball deep'. You have to know the scheme of the team you are playing and know how to beat it.
You have a point, but are you saying that no team that uses the Cover 2 has ever been beat deep, ever?
Then the following week we play a team with good safeties, so we can't go deep either. Screw it. Let's just not throw deep the entire season. I don't think you can think this way. I mean, I don't think the entire game plan should be to throw deep down the sidelines, but I don't think it's a bad idea once in a while. Even if it doesn't work, at least it gives the defense another thing to think about. I don't even remember the last time we attempted a deep pass to one of our WRs.
Plus, LBs and DBs bite on play-actions sometimes, regardless of what scheme they're using.