“Ideal Cover-2 Corner From Central Casting”March 12th, 2014
Yes, Lovie Smith doesn’t like being called a Cover-2, Tampa-2 guy. He’s evolved. The Bears defense evolved under his leadership. Times have changed.
That’s all very nice, except the Bucs are still going to be playing loads of Cover-2 this season.
So it felt good to hear Bill Polian, the longtime Colts general manager and current BSPN and SiriusXM NFL Radio analyst say new Bucs Pro Bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner is a perfect Lovie fit last night on NFL Radio.
Polian speaks from experience when he says Verner is out of the Father Dungy/Lovie mold.
“The ideal cover-2 corner from central casting. Very smart. Good tackler. Good run force guy. He’s got the ability to turn the ball over. That’s highly prized by Tony [Dungy] by Lovie [Smith] by any of us that worked with that defense,” Polian said. “Turnovers are the key. And he can do it. And he’s not costing $16 million a year. That’s a great signing. Lovie continues to put the pieces in place exactly as you should for that defense.”
Yes, that was Polian taking a swipe at Darrelle Revis’ contract. Verner comes at half the price.
Joe surely didn’t watch much Titans football last year, so Joe is eager to see how Verner practices and plays. He and the other brand new Buccaneers will meet the media today at One Buc Palace at 3 p.m. The Bucs are back on the practice field in four short weeks.