Originally Posted by Ace Gunner
no, no they don't. the most successful defenses against SD & Denver play a lot of zone. Every team plays some zone and I don't know why you think the majority of NFL teams play man -- the majority of NFL teams are zone cover teams because there just isn't enough Revis/Sherman type players to go around.
as for disrupting the QB -- zone cover can certainly do so. in fact, there are a lot of coverage sacks created by zone defense.
the advantage to playing zone against Denver is that you have a much better chance of tackling a receiver for minimal YAC using players that aren't good enough to play press.
The Chiefs lost 27 - 17 last time. two of the TD's thrown by Manning could have been stopped for minimal gains had they played zone.
The majority of teams are playing heavy man against Peyton. Or at least pressing the hell out of receivers.
The chiefs were actually excellent against Denver at containing yac. They stopped several plays short with an excellent tackle before the chains. I thought the help defense was excellent for the most part at containing the long play.
The chiefs gave up 2 Tds. One was on a blown coverage which is more due to coopers inexperience than it was talent. Again, if we are talking about Peyton manning and getting upset over a handful of plays... Good. It's Peyton manning. We have a lot less plays to complain about than most defenses do. If we play zone, who's to say Peyton doesn't pick us apart? Given that most coordinators are pressing Peyton's receivers and that every single person from the New England tree says that's the formula to success, the best way is still to disrupt timing of his receivers. You just can't let Peyton's receivers get a free release.
Peyton will pick apart a zone. We will be fine in man. It's not scheme, we just need our corners to play more consistent, especially cooper.