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Anatomy of a Super Bowl Berth: How the Packers can navigate Tampa Bay's zones

Touchdown Wire logo Touchdown Wire 1/19/2021 Mark Schofield
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Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur has pushed all the right buttons this season for the Packers offense. The result? Aaron Rodgers is winding down one of the best seasons of his career and is likely an MVP-winner, and Green Bay was the first-overall seed in the NFC playoffs.

If he pushes a few more buttons, the Packers are going to the Super Bowl.

In crafting his game plan for Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, LaFleur would be wise to have some concepts in the script to attack zone coverage. Why? Because in charting out the Buccaneers defense, of the 51 passing plays this season against them that have gone for 20 yards or more, 30 of those have come with Tampa Bay in zone coverage. Teams have found ways to attack space, exploit coverage rules and create favorable throws for their quarterbacks when the Buccaneers drop into zone.

One thing that LaFleur might want to do? Use Arians plays against an Arians team. We all know that Bruce Arians loves to run flood concepts to one side of the field, often with a shallow or crossing route from the backside that serves as a man-beater or a hot read. Using flood concepts this week will give Rodgers a chance to break down those zone coverage schemes.

In this video breakdown we’ll see some of those flood concepts, as well as just how close the Buccaneers came to giving up 31 passing plays of 20 yards or more…

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