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Routt Says Raiders Play Almost All Man to Man Coverage

Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt admitted the Raiders play a lot of man-to-man coverage in an interview on SiriusXM radio with Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan. When asked about playing press coverage every down, Routt said, “Basically, you just hit it on the head. We basically play man every damn down.”

Ryan challenged Routt with a 2009 game against Philadelphia when the Raiders blitzed Donovan McNabb heavily and backed it with more zone than usual.

Routt said “we ran a little bit of zone that game, but predominantly, (man) is what we do. If we play 60 snaps on defense, at least 56 of those are going to be man coverage. Everyone in the league knows what our game plan is. For the most part, they want us to be in the receiver’s face and disrupt them off the ball,” Routt said.

“It’s just the way we do things. We believe in cutting down all the air. From playing tight coverage and seeing up close, the quarterback is going to have to be pinpoint accurate.”

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