Zoned Out

NFL teams can't play pass defense like they used to

Originally Published: September 24, 2012
By Eddie Matz | ESPN The Magazine

REMEMBER BACK in the day when fearsome defensive backs roamed the secondary with reckless abandon? It wasn't all that long ago. The Colts had just won Super Bowl XLI using Tony Dungy's cover 2 safety-based zone scheme. They beat the Bears, who'd converted to the same defense under Dungy acolyte Lovie Smith. The Bucs led the NFL in total defense in 2005 using the Tampa 2, their version of the D devised under former coach Dungy. And at least four other teams made the switch that ...

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