Koetter plans to use ‘Cover 10’ on Julio Jones 

November 26, 2017 Atlanta: Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones soars into the endzone to score his second touchdown on the day during the second quarter against the Buccaneers in a NFL football game on Sunday, November 26, 2017, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH — In the Falcons’ 34-20 victory over the Buccaneers on Nov. 26, wide receiver Julio Jones caught 12 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bucs are working on a top-secret plan to slow down Jones when they host the Falcons at 8:30 p.m. Monday at Raymond James Stadium.

“We’re going to put 10 guys on him and then just leave one guy over the center,” Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter quipped on Thursday. “You think Atlanta would do anything if we did that?”

When Jones was told that Bucs joked about using 10 players on him, he said, “Is that all?”

Koetter was the Falcons offensive coordinator from 2012 to 2014 and unleashed Jones for some mega-performances during his tenure.

So, the “Cover 10” may not be a bad plan.

“That’s about what it would take,” Koetter said. “I’ve seen Julio have a couple other games like that when I was there. When Julio gets that hot… Julio is good all the time. But when he gets that hot, it’s tough to stop him.”

Koetter said he and Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Mike Smith have discussed matching cornerback Brent Grimes on Jones.

 

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ctfalconsfan
ctfalconsfan

TB doesn't need a cover anything as Sark will game plan Julio right out of the game...

DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

He's just to big for Grimes, Koetter and Smith aren't stupid pay too much attention to Julio and other guys will be open.