Teams looking for versatility in the secondary
What is the next hot trend on the defensive side of the ball? That's hard to pinpoint, but one place to look is in the secondary, writes Len Pasquarelli.
One of the most prevalent themes before Super Bowl XLI was that the Indianapolis and Chicago defenses were mirror images, units that specialized in the Tampa 2 scheme developed by Colts head coach Tony Dungy during his tenure with the Bucs and handed down to his former protégé, Lovie Smith.
It made for good copy. It made for hundreds of queries from the assembled masses looking for an easy angle. And it made for good laughs from the people who knew better.
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