Originally posted by thl408:
Jonnydel. Check out the play in post #99. It's like some sort of hybrid coverage. CAR mans up on Crabs (top of screen), but at the bottom of the screen it's zone. I open this question for all of us. I'm open to interpretation.
Carolina runs an unusual cover 2 look. It's a cover 2 zone with a strongside rotation, they're trying to run a cover 2 zone while still bring a safety down into the box.
You see how the SS is down in the box. However, when the ball is snapped the strong side corner doesn't drop straight back in a true 1/3 coverage, he heads more to a half field type of zone. The underneath defenders are clearly in zone coverage and the weakside corner drops in "cloud" coverage, "Cloud" being a flat/curl zone.
Note the underneath defenders in zone and the weakside corner clearly not in a deep 1/3 zone.
When you look at it just before Boldin gets thrown the ball you can see how it looks just like a cover 2 zone, it's just the strong side corner becomes the safety.
This is a really unusual type of defense, that's great recognition by Kap to read this defense and make the right throw.