“Breaking Down the Alabama Defense”

Smart Football “breaks down the Alabama defense” with this post at Grantland.  Here’s the gist:

In typical Saban style, though, what you see is not what you get. Just before the snap, the coverage suddenly changes. That “press” cornerback bails to the deep third while the other two safeties rotate away from the trips — it’s three-deep or Cover 3, not Cover 2. To make the coverage sound, defensive back DeQuan Menzie sneaks out to the sideline.

Aside from the gratuitously snarky BCS comments at the beginning, it does provide a good illustration of how Alabama’s defensive shifting can wreak havoc on opposing offenses.