Former East Carolina and NFL coach Steve Logan breaks down what the Tampa 2 and Cover 2 are in the first installment of his Coaching 101 series.
The Tampa 2 is a defensive strategy named after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and first used by then head coach Tony Dungy. The Tampa 2 starts with a 4-3 defense, four linemen, three linebackers, two cornerbacks, and two safeties. The defense was derived from a Cover 2 defense, except the middle linebacker drops into a deep middle coverage. It is typically used on third down and 7 or 8 yards when the offense is looking to pass.
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