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Yesterday we discussed the keys to defending the spread offense. Today we will discuss adjustments made which could be a sign of DC evolving to combat the instillation of the spread offense schematics into today’s NFL. Also, we'll recap some of the Giants news leading up to SF on Sunday.
Lovie Smith, much like Perry Fewell, is well known as a disciple of the Tampa 2 base defense. The strength of their defense is their LB play with Briggs and Urlacher who can both cover. But Lovie made some adjustments to combat the speed and the spread concept offense of the Eagles. In Matt Bowen’s article on National Football Post reviewing the Bears-Eagles game Lovie’s “game plan from the Bears surprised” him. Bowen acknowledged that the Bears run “a core Tampa 2 defense” where they rush for and drop 7 into coverage. That changed Monday with Lovie, who "wanted to play man-coverage and bring pressure” versus Vick.
The Bears had a very similar play that we saw against the Patriots w
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