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      Success of Cover 2 hinges on ability to reroute receiverssuccess_zpsqxxyg7ay.jpg The Bucs failed to knock Titans receiver Kendall Wright off his route on a 52-yard touchdown. By Ira Kaufman | Tribune Staff Published: September 15, 2015TAMPA — Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn, winner of 363 major-league games, had a simple explanation for his success.“Hitting is timing,” he said. “Pitching is upsetting timing.”The same holds true for the Tampa 2.The base defensive scheme employed by the Buccaneers relies on the concept of rerouting receivers, knocking them off stride and steering them where you want them to go, rather than their assigned paths.“If it’s Cover 2, it’s everything,” Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said of the art of disrupting pass patterns. “The cornerback must make the No. 1 receiver go inside and make him slow down. If not, I don’t think there’s a safety in the league good enough to cover two people.”Bucs coach Lovie Smith learned Cover 2 principles as a member of Tony Dungy’s original staff in Tampa. He took the system to St. Louis as defensive coordinator and two years after arriving in Chicago as head coach, Smith guided the 2006 Bears to the Super Bowl.While the Bucs are blessed with two key components of the Tampa 2 in Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and weakside linebacker Lavonte David, the success of the scheme is largely dependent on how well Tampa Bay’s corners can disrupt the timing of receivers.“Rerouting is the biggest aspect of it because the Tampa 2 essentially ends up being a three-deep zone, with the middle linebacker covering the middle of the field,” said five-time Pro Bowl corner Ronde Barber, who will work Sunday’s Bucs-Saints telecast at New Orleans as an analyst for Fox. “You have to be able to disrupt the vertical release of the receivers.“You have to get your hands on that guy because when you don’t, it puts too much pressure on the deep defenders. If there’s no disruption, the seam defenders have no chance to make plays underneath. You absolutely must disrupt the vertical release — this defense can’t work without it.’’Look closely because this cat-and-mouse game takes place in an instant.Defenders are allowed to get their hands on receivers only within a 5-yard area past the line of scrimmage. Beyond that distance, you are penalized for illegal contact.And because the NFL’s Competition Committee has made that 5-yard zone a point of emphasis, the challenge for Cover 2 corners just became even more formidable.“If we don’t hinder the receiver, he’s going to get to his spot and our defensive line won’t have time to get to the quarterback,’’ Bucs cornerback Alterraun Verner said. “And remember, we’ve only get 5 yards to get the job done.’’That job is especially important Sunday afternoon at the Superdome, where quarterback Drew Brees and the Saints have averaged 40 points against the Bucs in the past three meetings. Brees is 13-6 in his career against Tampa Bay, with 41 touchdown passes, and he thrives in the pocket.Like Brees, wide receiver Marques Colston arrived in New Orleans in 2006. He has tormented the Bucs with 88 catches for 1,153 yards in 17 games, and Tampa Bay is determined to prevent Colston from getting to his assigned landmarks.“Almost every team plays a form of Cover 2 and as a receiver, you’ve got to be prepared,’’ Bucs veteran wideout Louis Murphy said. “They always want to play outside leverage because they don’t want you to get outside on them. Cover 2 corners always want to steer you inside, because that makes it easier on the two safeties. They can get their hands on you and really jam you up, but once you get past those 5 yards, you’re home free.’’Barber and fellow corner Brian Kelly were exceptional in rerouting receivers for the Bucs during their 2002 championship season, helping pass rushers like Simeon Rice and Warren Sapp reach the quarterback.Last Sunday, when Kendall Wright of the Titans lined up in the right slot and enjoyed a free release, the result was a short pass that turned into a 52-yard touchdown, the opening score in Tennessee’s 42-14 rout.“The hardest part about the 5-yard rule is they are now calling it so tight,’’ Barber said. ”When I was playing, you could get away with being physical about 7 yards down the field. The teams that are good at rerouting can play Cover 2. Struggle with it and you have no chance.”Roster movesThe Buccaneers waived (injured) linebacker James-Michael Johnson and released three players from their practice squad, including draft pick Kaelin Clay, a sixth-round choice out of Utah who was supposed to solve Tampa Bay’s kick-return woes. Clay was originally released Sept. 5 in the final cutdown to 53 players and was signed to the practice squad the next day. Also released from the practice squad Tuesday were tight end Cameron Brate and guard Martin Wallace.ikaufman@tampatrib.comTwitter: @IKaufmanTBO

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      I think they tried that and the flags started flyin.

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