Explaining Lovie Smith’s DefenseMarch 22nd, 2014
This subject came to a head just after Team Glazer tagged Lovie Smith as the next Bucs coach. “How will Darrelle Revis fit in?” the NFL sophists wondered.
Many Bucs fans believed Revis couldn’t play for Lovie because Lovie primarily runs a Tampa-2 defense, which is a zone defense. Revis is a killer man-coverage guy. Of course, Revis was released so we will never know or get to enjoy how Revis played for Lovie.
One cornerback the Bucs signed was D.J. Moore, who played for Lovie in Chicago. Moore took a break from his birthday to appear this afternoon on “The End Zone,” co-hosted by Zig Fracassi and Alex Marvez, heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio, to clear up the confusion over what type of defense Lovie runs.
In short, Moore said, it’s inaccurate to call Lovie’s defense a Tampa-2.
“It is simple. it is real simple,” More said. “The Cover-2 thing [under Lovie] is normally [used] when you are in third-and-long. So, if you are in third-and-seven or longer, 90- to 95-percent you will be in Cover-2. Now if it is third-and-six or less, just about 100 percent of the time you will be in man. It just depends on the down and distance.”
Moore likened the defense to Seattle’s in that the Seahawks are consistent in what type of defense they run, a Cover-3. This way, Moore noted, players are less likely to get confused and suffer from the cliche of paralysis by analysis, and get caught out of position or blow a play.
As to why so many players want to play for Lovie, Moore cited how much he is a stand-up guy and that most players will do anything for him, within reason, such as running through a brick wall.
“I don’t know, I wouldn’t go through a wall for him, geez,” Moore laughed. Lovie “treats you like a grown man. He just tells you how it is. He will tell you what you need to do and what will happen if you don’t do it.”