New coordinator Tomlin has sizable task
If their LBs aren't up to the task, the Vikings are bound to struggle as they adjust to the Cover 2, writes Gary Horton.
Now, we have 34-year-old Mike Tomlin coming from Tampa Bay to install his version of the Cover 2, and the success of this defensive scheme is central to the Vikings' success in 2006. Although Tomlin has never been a coordinator and is young (he was a college teammate of Vikings safety Darren Sharper at William & Mary), the players seem to like the scheme and have taken to Tomlin's enthusiastic style of coaching.
The basic concept of the Cover 2 is to rush four and drop seven into coverage and pressure opposing quarterbacks without having to blitz a lot. With a mediocre pass rush in 2005 that produced 34 sacks, the Vikings were very inconsistent in pass defense and had a lot of coverage breakdowns. They were 21st in the NFL in overall pass defense.
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