Coming off, arguably, the most impressive offensive output of the season, the Packers turn their focus to the Chicago Bears and their much talked-about Tampa-2 defense. The Bears are the No. 2 scoring defense in the NFL (18.4 points), No. 3 in rush defense (92.1 yards) and No. 10 in total defense (316.3 yards). Coach Mike McCarthy was asked about facing the Cover-2 during his weekly press conference Monday. “It’s not that simple,” McCarthy said. “If they play Cover-2, you run the ball. If it was as easy as that this game would be a lot easier. When they play Cover-2 they have things built into their line for the run game. It really comes down to fundamentals. They do a very good job of playing defense on time. Their line and the way they are coached, the line rush is tied into the coverage.” “They are a veteran defense. Just watching them, like I said before I came down here, they have been playing with the same group all year. So they are playing with a lot of continuity and they are playing with a lot of confidence. They are flying around. They play with excellent vision to the football.” “Cover-2 is the starting point of that. All of the eyes are on the ball and that leads to how many takeaways they have. And they have been doing it a long time. They have a really good understanding. It is important for you to be smart during the course of the game. You may get them once or twice on a concept, but the recognition of what you are doing is very good. They have got veteran players and they are all on the same page.” The Packers had early issues this year against Cover-2 schemes. That was back when there were concerns about Greg Jennings, who was held to three receptions or less in four of the first five games. (He has had four 100-plus yard games in the last six outings.) Generally, the Cover-2 provides safety help over the top of the outside receivers, leaving pockets up the middle of the field where the slot receivers and tight end normally work. “”Well, there are different forms of Cover-2,” McCarthy explained. “The Cover-2 that we’ll see this week is different than what we played against this past week. There is Tampa-2, there is Traditional-2, there is 2-Man, there is 2-Trap, there is corners over 2. It comes in all different forms and fashions. “It’s really how you utilize your formations and the matchups you can create within their scheme. It’s not the dreaded Cover-2 game, but they play their scheme very well. They have done it for a long time. The veteran leadership that they have on their defense, they do a very good job dissecting what you are trying to do to them.”
McCarthy talks Cover-2
Nov. 6, 2013 11:15 AM
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