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Thread: Achilies Heal on Defense - LB's Middle of Field Zone Coverage

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phinatic8u View Post
    Did you know that Dansby and Burnett are actually really good cover LBs?

    Bet you didn't.
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    Achilies Heal on Defense - LB's Middle of Field Zone Coverage

    It seems like every year we get gashed over the middle. But this year seemed a lot better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by signman View Post
    You ever notice our LB's in pass coverage when they're playing zone...????? Thier eyes are almost ALWAYS glued in the backfield instead of the receivers running accross the field in front of, and in back of them. They literally stand facing the backfield instead of taking any angels to cover the receivers.... We NEED better coverage backers and/or better LB coaching!!!
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    They seem kinda average at coverage to me. I recall a couple of things... We were poor in pass defense, and we set a Miami Dolphins record for fewest takeaways ever. Not good.

    I vividly remember two sure-fire INT's of Andrew Luck dropped by Smith (CB) and Dansby (LB), that were harder to drop than catch. Either INT would have won us the game most likely. Dansby dropped a pick six. He gets credit for being in the right position, but that is the sort of play high paid impact LB's are supposed to make. He rarely produces turnovers, ditto for Burnett and Misi. At a minimum I'd say our LB corps needs to show major improvement in the takeaways department. I'll give them an average grade, but I can't see how they deserve to be considered exceptional at coverage.
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