Ask the Expert: Jerry Angelo

by Gary Shelton on November 12, 2015 · 1 comment

in general, NFL, Tampa Bay Bucs

Thursday, 6 a.m.

Jerry Angelo is a former personnel director for the Bucs and former general manager of the Bears. Each week, Angelo answers your questions regarding the NFL. Send your questions to with "ask the expert'' in the subject line. The most interesting question will be selected.

Can you explain how the Tampa 2 (as the Bucs implement it this year) is supposed to defend the slant pass? I watch and it seems to me most of the time the middle is empty, the slot receiver or tight end breaks from the line towards the middle of the field and catches the ball. I don’t have the knowledge to know if it’s the scheme or the defenders - something doesn’t look right to me, but I’d like to know how it’s supposed to work, anyway.

Cecil DeBald

Look at the Tampa 2 as a bend but don’t break defense. The scheme is designed on keeping everything in front of them, like an umbrella. They are willing to live with those slants and shorter routes you’re talking about. They feel an offense will eventually have a miscue or, because of their zone concept, that their DB's will be in a great position to "jump"' a receiver, getting an interception or stripping the ball from him after the catch. That’s why you hear them talk about and emphasize "take aways."

They are betting on the fact the longer an offense has the ball the more opportunities they’ll have to accomplish those objectives. So they are willing to live with those short underneath routes, because they don’t feel you are going to make a steady of diet of running them effectively for the length of the filed. They key for the Tampa 2 to work the way it did when I was in Tampa has to do with the rush. You have to disrupt the timing of those routes and

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Cecil DeBald November 13, 2015 at 7:19 am

Jerry, thank you for your response, now I at least understand the strategy.


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