Jamie Dukes: Tampa 2 A "Robot" Defense


NFLN analyst Jamie Dukes just tweeted this on his Twitter. Found it interesting:

Here’s a good conversation between Singletary, Woodson and Myself that will not make the air.

I told the coach that the Tampa 2 D makes robots out of players. I.E. it does not encourage learning offensive concepts.I told the coach that the Tampa 2 D makes robots out of players. I.E. it does not encourage learning offensive concepts.

As a player, Singletary was a student of the game and he agreed with my premise.

FYI, this is why the Patriots are so successful because they put a premium on smart players who can make adjustments on the field.FYI, this is why the Patriots are so successful because they put a premium on smart players who can make adjustments on the field.

Now, since we played the Tampa 2 last year and are moving to a Patriots-style 3-4 where does this leave our defense? Honestly, I’m not sure.

I think Bernard Pollard and Jarrad Page are good enough players to play in nearly any system. In fact, I think both of them are instinctive players who will likely perform better outside of the Tampa 2. Clancy Pendergast did a great job with Adrian Wilson, so I expect both of our young safeties to flourish. Our young corners, Brandon Carr and Brandon Flowers, are young enough to get out of any “robot” habits they picked up playing for Herm Edwards last year. The secondary should be fine in due time.

Derrick Johnson and the rest of the holdovers? It’s hard to say, but I do think Demorrio Williams is one guy who could flourish with the system change. Anybody else remember Bob Gretz reporting that he was damn near unblockable lining up with a hand down D.T. style? Remember him as a Husker? That’s not so different than a 3-4 rushbacker. Call me crazy (or stupid, lol), but Demorrio could end up being the most-improved Chiefs holdover.

Regardless, I hate the Tampa 2, so this is a good thing. I absolutely agree that football is instinctive and that players cannot be robots.

Addicts, thoughts on the defensive system transition?

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