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Teams find it's time to man up

Multiple-receiver sets have forced defenses out of their (comfort) zones

Originally Published: August 15, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Thanks to the combination of tight end Jimmy Graham, quick running back Darren Sproles and good wide receivers, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees shredded Cover 2 and other zone defenses last year.

Leaguewide, the Cover 2 looked outdated in 2011. Rules to protect defenseless receivers have allowed smaller receivers such as Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson to run the middle of the field with limited fear of being physically blown up by a safety. Offensive coordinators continue ...

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