Man overboard! Why defenses are getting killed in man coverage

One of the most egregious and eventually most fireable offenses any coach can make is to roll headlong into a new NFL trend without the personnel to make it work. For the rare Bill Belichicks of the world who change their modus operandi from year to year (heck, from week to week and drive to drive ) […]

The Lions play more man coverage than anybody else. Why are they so bad at it?

Last season, the two teams that played the most man coverage were the Detroit Lions and the New England Patriots. Each team put man concepts on the field on 54% of their defensive snaps, per Sports Info Solutions. Not a surprise in that Lions head coach Matt Patricia used to be Bill Belichick’s defensive coordinator, […]

Why The Red Zone Matchups Could Decide The AFC Championship Game

Listen to any football coach talk about which aspects of the game matter most and they’ll undoubtedly bring up performance on third downs and in the red zone. Statistically speaking, those parts of the game are the most susceptible to noise. If projecting performance over a full season, performance on first and second down will […]

Ravens film study: Want to stop Lamar Jackson? Don’t test him with an all-out blitz.

If there is a defensive approach that can stop Lamar Jackson, the Ravens quarterback has not seen it this season. Line up in man-to-man coverage, and he’ll find a tight end against an overmatched defender or find a hole to scramble through. Test him with zone coverage, and he’ll scan the secondary behind a sturdy […]

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