New defensive coaches hedging bets that the man- to- man coverage being
deployed in the secondary will allow for far greater pressure by a re-tooled defensive line. Per John Romano, of the St.Pete Times who caught up with several of Tampa Bay’s new defensive coaches including seasoned defensive coordinator Jim Bates. With the most basic of principles in football, attacking the quarterback or in this case by cutting off the head of the snake the body will soon follow.
The new regime is counting on those few extra seconds a quarterback has to hold onto the football, before firing it down field, will allow for far greater returns from a pass rushing standpoint.
But with a depleted secondary, just how much will the man-to-man scheme really change the relentless rush the team is expecting from it’s front four?