By Michael Kist
Bronco, Palms, Clamp, 2-Read, Kathy, Rolex, Trap; the terminology doesn’t matter. Nate Sudfeld got bamboozled, hoodwinked, flimflammed by the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense. Consider it a learning experience for the 24-year old quarterback.
In their first drive of Week 1 preseason action, the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles faced 3rd & 6 from their own 39-yard line. Pre-snap, Sudfeld may think the Steelers are in Cover 4 coverage, which out routes are very effective against, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. This down and distance is custom fit for the Steelers’ coverage. From Breakdown Sports, the good and the bad of the 2-Read coverage the Steelers’ utilized:
“Strengths: Jumps outward routes from #2, which is a common quarters beater. Helps prevent underneath zones from being overwhelmed by having the CB jump #2. Plays like Cover 2 against shorter route concepts, but still has Cover 4 adaptability against verticals.
Weakness: The safety has to get outside over top #1 in the event that #2 runs an out route (pole concept). Cover 2 beaters can be effective (smash, pole, post-wheel).”
Here’s how the coverage matches up before the...