Cover 2 and Why it Fails Against New England.

And, Why the NFL is better than the NHL.

Let’s say you’re a new football fan who is just learning about the game or a long-time fan who wants to understand it at a deeper level. You hear an expert, maybe an ex-player analyst, make a reference to “the Cover 2 defense.” Maybe you want to know more about it. If you Google it, you get a “Football 101” link to the expert columnist on the ESPN site. Exactly what you need to understand the game at a deeper level.

No such thing with hockey. Search the NHL site for “Hockey 101” nothing. Nada. Zip. That is why the NFL beats the NHL. Any day.

When the “Cover 2” Defense Doesn’t Work, and Why


The essence of the Cover 2 defense is release of nearly all defenders to rush the QB. The two safeties are left alone to cover the field, and protect the end zone while everyone else brings pressure. For cover 2 to work, your front defenders must pressure the quarterback to disrupt his ability to pass to a wide receiver. If the pressure is not effective (like when The Pats or Cowboys offensive line holds and gives the QB all day to throw) cover 2 leaves too many opportunities for a good QB and good receiver to connect. A really exceptional receiver like, say, a Randy Moss or a Terrell Owens, will almost always beat that lone safety in a one-on-one match up.


~ by jacqueline1230 on November 26, 2007.

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