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Short-passing game giving defenses problems

The success of short-passing offenses is giving Cover 2 defenses problems. But not the Bucs, who continue to excel using their version of the Cover 2.

Updated: December 1, 2002, 12:18 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

This has been a season for the unconventional.

Scoring is at a record pace. Rich Gannon could break Dan Marino's record for passing yards in a season (5,084). Marvin Harrison is on pace to shatter the single-season reception record. Quarterbacks, working the short-passing attacks, are completing more passes at a higher percentage and the trend isn't chilling in the lowering temperatures.

So many teams have incorporated parts of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers "Cover 2" defensive concept ...

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