We'll be using this play.
The play starts with the Panthers in a pretty simple nickel formation. They've taken out a linebacker to put in an extra corner, in this case Godfrey, who's lined up on top of Cobb. Cason is lined up up top on Adams. Decoud is the single high corner on top of Nelson in the slot. Harper is showing blitz, but will drop back into coverage. Davis is hanging out, keeping an eye on Lacy and playing a short zone near the line of scrimmage.
I've watched this play and I'm pretty sure what we're looking at is a simple cover 2 with Kuechly manning up on Nelson. The idea is to trick Rogers into thinking he'll have space between the safety and linebacker and instead have Luke there for the easy deflection/interception. Cason at the top of the screen is playing for a short pass to keep it in front of him, and watch out Decoud takes off for the top corner of the endzone, ostensibly to provide over the top support.
In this situation, Godfrey would move over to where Luke just vacated, to cover anyone running a crossing route.
THIS IS NOT A COMPLICATED PROTECTION SCHEME. THIS ON THE FIRST PAGE ON MADDEN.
Well, let's hope everyone on the Panthers is on the same page!
You should quickly be able to see where this play is going to go terrible wrong. Nelson takes off in a dead sprint. Adams runs straight into his man and is about to run across the field. Cobb is just going to run a stick route and turn around. The idea is if it's tight man coverage, Cason will bump into either Godfrey or Cobb and free Adams up.
Or, you know, Godfrey has no fuging idea what the play is. Cason very clearly is playing his zone, and Decoud was originally moving to cover him, like I said before.
Plays over at this point. Cason has a "oh poo" moment as he suddenly takes off to i dunno teleport like nightcrawler to make the tackle. Full speed, you can actually see Godfrey realize he's fuged up. Because Luke is locked up on Jordy, he's not in position to see Adam cut in and get wide open. Decoud was moving the opposite way, Davis was covering Lacy. Harper is old and can't close on anyone anymore.
I admit, it's possible it was man coverage and Cason just blew it, but the way Decoud was playing over the top makes me think Godfrey was supposed to cover his zone and just fuging blew it.
Thanks for the memories, Godfrey.