I ask a simple question. Why do cornerbacks line up 10yds off the line of scrimmage? It happens at all levels. Michigan giving up free yards to MSU and Penn St. has prompted the post, but other teams do it as well. I'm not trying to say I'm smarter than all these d coordinators, I'm looking for an honest explanation, because there must be one. I played corner thru high school and did scouting for another 10 we always lined head up other than prevent and certain situations. I've never really been around coaches that taught this technique. I'm not looking for bump and run every down, but if you line up initially 2 yards off the WR you have all your options open. You can bail, play zone, bump, trail, squat. Personally I don't think it really helps in preventing the deep ball either because the WR has a free release to gather speed while you are turning to run,(D. Warren looked ridiulous on the TD he gave up but it's hard to blame him he was in no mans land out there) unless you maintain that cushion which allows the easy 15yd pitch and catch comebacks Penn St was executing. So assuming some of the basic base defenses cover 2, cover 3, man 2,1 and 0. What are we trying to accomplish?? Nothing is more frustrating than watching a uncovered WR turn to the QB catch a ball and get a free 5-8 yards on 1st down. The defense cannot be designed to allow a minimum 5 yd gain if the QB can execute a 12yd pass to a wide open guy. Sharik?? Anybody else?? Please help it's driving me nuts.
The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.