The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: Zone Coverage, Football Assistants, and More

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1) In reading the update the other day about Foster planning to run more zone coverage this year, the quote from Der’Woun Greene stood out to me. He said when playing man, the DB’s are more dependent on the DL to get pressure, however in zone the DL is dependent on the DB’s to make the QB hold the ball. Since our sack totals were down last year, how much of that was player related and how much of it was the fact that we were running man coverage most of the time? In past years when our sack totals were high, what was our zone to man coverage ratio? – Hokie Pride

Chris Coleman: Virginia Tech’s best defenses came in the mid-to-late 2000s when Bud Foster could mix up his coverages as much as he wanted. He had great defensive linemen, great defense backs, and great linebackers, and the experience level always seemed to be up to snuff.

Virginia Tech was forced to play almost all man coverage in 2015 because of their youth in the secondary. However, that wasn’t the only reason that the sack totals went down. They played a ton of man coverage in 2014 as well (remember the ECU game?) and still racked up 48 sacks. That number dropped to 26