Schiano Expects “More Over-The-Top Coverage”October 16th, 2012
Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson are ripping the top off NFL defenses.
Their yards-per-catch numbers are stunning. Among receivers with 10 or more receptions, Williams ranks second (22.1 ypc) in the NFL and Jackson ranks fifth (18.5).
This kind of deep threat is going to quickly draw significant attention, says Greg Schiano. And the head coach expects life to change for “frustrated” (Schiano’s word) Dallas Clark.
“I want to get Dallas [Clark] more involved, myself. But you know what, when things are there you take them,” Schiano said on WDAE-AM Monday. “And I think what’s going to happen here soon, there’s going to be a lot more over-the-top coverage, which is what’s natural to happen when guys are making plays down the field. That opens up the middle of the defense. And hopefully Dallas and Luke and all the guys can have a bigger impact in the pass game.”
Schiano went on to say he knows Clark is down on his lack of action.
“I know he’s frustrated,’ Schiano said of Clark. “Heck, he’s been such a productive player for so long. But you wouldn’t be able to tell it by the way he’s acting on the sideline, and in the practice and in the meeting rooms. Certainly, I’m hoping we can get him the ball and he can feel personal satisfaction as well as team satisfaction. But he knows how much he means to this team and how he’s playing a big, big part. It’ll happen. It always does. It goes in cycles.”
Joe also would expect teams to try and take away the deep ball and make Josh Freeman beat them in the short game and over the middle. But that doesn’t necessarily mean a ton of work for Clark.
More over-the-top coverage also plays to strengths of Jackson and Williams. Neither is a one-trick pony, and both are good on slants and short routes.