Yesterday my friend and I noticed that the CBs and the SS-type players were playing a few yards behind the only player in their zone. This often resulted in an easy completion followed by an immediate tackle. Is this often how zone coverage works?
It seems to me that if they were to play closer to the receiver, they could easily pick off or bat the pass or at least hit the guy as he's catching the ball to jar it loose. At the very least I would think it would prevent a QB from attempting to make difficult passes on a rollout.
For those more knowledgeable than me: Am I right in my assessment? Should our guys be playing closer? Is this how zone coverage is usually run or are we trying to protect our young secondary?