Bates: The 2009 Tampa Bay Run Contain Preview
As we all know, the days of the Cover Two defense are fading fast. After the replacement of Monte Kiffin and his famed Tampa Two, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in for a new defensive scheme.
With Jim Bates taking the spot as the Bucs Defensive Coordinator, we are sure to see a change in the playbook.
As Raheem Morris said in regards to Bates taking over the defense, "He has to do what he does best." -Tampa Tribune
Thus, the Run Contain System.
Stop The Run
The biggest change: The defensive backs role
In this scheme, the DB's ignore the pass rush. The primary purpose as demonstrated is to stop the run.
This is where veteran Chris Hovan and re-signed Ryan Sims come in. It is still unclear how it will play out, but you can bet that with patience, Bates system can thrive.
Threats To The Scheme
The biggest threat: The defensive tackles must be above average.
Bates will have to whip the D-line into shape. If we're up against a good pass game, as Brady and the Patriots are predicted to be this season, there will be a problem.
In this case, the runner could beat the defender and its over.
Implement an acclerated learning curve and it won't neccesarily be over.
That's what Bates is counting on.
Objective: Creates multiple fumble recovery possiblities
Bates is hoping that this will be the ultimate payoff.
Speed will definitely play a factor in this setup. WIth Kevin Carter gone, someone will have to step up and fill that position. High hopes, the defense could be just as good as the Cover Two.
The Theory Is...
Even with the Cover Two gone, all hope is not lost.
If the Run Contain System is performed effectively, it could be killer.
Instead of doing man-on-man coverage, in theory, you could force the opposing player to always run a centerfield game. No out-of-bounds, just tackles and lost yardage.
Tampa Bay's defense may of just climbed to a whole new level.