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'Simple' scheme nets big gains for trio of defenses

Tony Dungy perfected his version of the Cover 2 in Tampa Bay. Now, the Colts, Bucs and Bears are riding the scheme to the playoffs.

Updated: December 28, 2005, 11:05 AM ET
By Michael Smith | ESPN.com

When Lovie Smith took over as Chicago's head coach last year, one of the first steps in installing the Tampa 2 defensive scheme was to change the way the Bears practiced. If a ball lay on the ground, Smith wanted his players to swarm to it like ants to a crumb, pick it up and carry it to pay dirt. And not just fumbles, mind you, but incomplete passes as well. (Per the rules of football, incompletions cannot be returned.)

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