Bucs defensive backs coach Raheem Morris talks about the Cover 2 defense and the responsibilities that the cornerbacks and safeties have in this scheme, which was made popular by former Bucs head coach Tony Dungy and current Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.
Morris also discusses adjusting to different offensive schemes, such as playing a West Coast style of offense compared to a vertical passing offense.
Morris shares some insight regarding the Tampa 2 defense with Pewter Report contributing writer Charles Gonzalez.
“When you talk coverage period, you are talking about your corners. Your corners got to have the ability to eliminate wideouts and that’s what we are trying to do. A lot of people don’t give them credit because they're not cover guys or whatever they want to call them or what they want to say, it’s probably harder to re-route a man than it is to play man sometimes. Some people say that because they like to miss, we are just one of the groups that don’t like to miss our re-routes. If you get a guy re-routed and you get him successfully re-routed, then essentially you take him out of that play and that’s what we are trying to do. If you can eliminate those guys out of the game and you make it a triangle for the quarterback and tackle everything in front of you and be the best tackling defense in the league, then you have a chance to be really good and really special. Make the plays that you are supposed to make and that’s how we look at it and attack people and want to get it done. That’s what the corner’s progression is and how he is supposed to look at it. He wants to create as much distortion as he can on that wide receiver to try and eliminate him on that route. If you hit him early and often and that quarterback looks out there and sees him getting jammed and getting jammed and getting jammed, then he tends to look away and that’s what we want to get done. Usually wide receivers lead the league in Fantasy Football points and have all the stats and all the points and all the hype, so lets eliminate these guys and make them beat us in this box.”
“Our safety wants to cover grass and come knock people’s heads off. We are in the business of capping off and finishing people and that’s what they call safeties for. They have to come up and cap off plays. A legendary guy like John Lynch did it for years and now we have some young guys and older guys mixed in doing it. We have a five-headed monster this year and I’m excited about it. So that’s their job, to cap off plays.”
“No question, when you talk about different coverages and things of that nature of taking things away, we go out there and play a whole bunch of coverages. But you take away certain things with Cover 2, certain things with man-free and certain things with three-deep underneath. You call those calls and try to dictate what you want to take away at that time. If they hit you on something else that you know you are weak at or area soft at, then you can live with it as a caller. When Kiff [Monte Kiffin] calls his calls, if something happens where he knows we are soft at or what we are weak at, then we can understand that and adjust and move on to the next coverage to do what we have to to fix it.”
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