from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Marked by candid interaction between men.
- adjective Sports Of, relating to, or being a system of defense in which a defensive player guards a specific offensive player.
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direct, forthright, and honest
- adjective sports
directly, forthrightly, and honestly
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- adverb directly
- adjective being a system of play in which an individual defensive player guards an individual offensive player
- adjective forthright and honest
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There's some evidence that playing schoolyard man-to-man may be the long-sought antidote to the pass-happy, spread-the- field offenses that have been causing massive scoring and yardage inflation in the NFL.
As the Patriots' man-to-man defense has given way to zones, they've been especially vulnerable underneath; 139 of the 190 passes they've allowed were thrown 10 yards or less and a full 38 gained more than 10 yards.
One thing is for sure: If man-to-man coverage sweeps the NFL, football will be a lot less mystifying to anyone who has ever played a game of touch football at the park.
But after years of watching other teams throw every imaginable variation of defense at them, the Patriots' plucky receivers are proving vulnerable to the most familiar defensive scheme of all: Good-old-fashioned man-to-man coverage—the kind you'd see in your average schoolyard flag-football game.
But when the Pittsburgh Steelers lined up in man-to-man coverage against them two Sundays ago, the Patriots receivers barely got open, limiting quarterback Tom Brady to a measly 170 passing yards—a third of his total in the season's opening game.
Moss's de facto replacement, Chad Ochocinco, has the talent to beat man-to-man coverage, but has, by many reports, struggled to grasp the Patriots' offense.
But the Steelers lined up in tight, man-to-man coverage with only four pass rushers.
They intended to make the Macedonian king abandon his military advantage of a disciplined line of troops and fight them man-to-man amid the rocks and trees in true barbarian style.
But when the Patriots came to Pittsburgh, the Steelers' defense did something nobody expected from them: They lined up in man-to-man coverage that a high-school coach could have drawn up.
It also remains to be seen whether this man-to-man strategy will work against other offensive powers like the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints, teams that have better receivers and have the two highest-scoring offenses in the league.