I am just curious, because I was "over" this defense several years ago. EVEN when it was "humming" back in the day, it was always outmatched by an elite QB, AND that has always been my problem with the whole "bend, but don't break" philosophy. As I understand it, the point of the Tampa-2 is to force the opposing QB to remain as patient and disciplined as possible. Everything I have read on the defense (including many interviews with Bud Carson, Tony Dungy, et. al.) states that it is predicated on the fact that by forcing the opposing QB to constantly check down and "settle for"a extended series of 5-10 yard gains, a defense will eventually "manipulate" the opposing QB into growing impatient and recklessly taking shots downfield. The problem is that truly elite QBs are more than happy to "dink and dunk" an offense to death ALL GAME LONG. How many 10+ play drives have Brady, Brees, Rodgers, Manning, et. al. led their teams on over the years? These guys are uber-patient and disciplined...they are more than happy to "settle" for a 7-yard completion here, or a 9 yard completion there, etc. In my opinion, that is why the Cover-2 has seemingly always failed against these types of QBs. Will "gunslingers" like Favre (or Cutler for that matter) eventually lose their minds (and their patience) against a Cover-2 defense? Of course, but in today's NFL, there are too many QBs who won't. We have all seen teams with very good to elite QBs "dink and dunk" the ball quite effectively against Lovie's Cover-2 over the years, even when it was at its best. If you want to win a Super Bowl, which is obviously the ultimate goal, you ARE going to have to defeat a few elite QBs along the way, and I just don't think that a defense which employs the uber-passive philosophy of the Tampa-2 (we'll just force them to run as many plays per drive as possible, with the hope that they will eventually make a mistake before scoring a TD) is up to that task. Since we are going to have to rebuild our defense in the offseason anyway, why not try something new?