Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/9/14
Breaking down Cam Newton’s TD Pass to Steve Smith Here is a 5 frame breakdown of what the Carolina Panthers did pre-snap to get the look they wanted from the Kansas City Chief’s defense this past SUnday. Down and Distance Situation:  3rd and 3 yards to go for a First Down.  Early 2nd Quarter  Here you can see a Trips set by the Panthers.  This coverage by the Chiefs is basically man, with a few defenders playing “soft man”, with 1 high safety.  This could be called Cover 1 Man.  Notice how some of the defense is slightly shifted towards the running back side of the Panthers formation.  The Middle Backer, the running back side Outside Linebacker, and Free Safety are all cheating over to the side of the formation that the running back is on.  I find this interesting, as it is though the Chiefs are expecting action away from the Trips side of the formation, based on the alignment of the safety and linebackers.  Given that it is early in the game and a 3rd and 3 situation, it’s probably...
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