I tried playing CV woodson at SS for a while and he kept getting torched... I play a lot of man and dude was ALWAYS out of position. As for playing cbs at ss, the best luck I've had is with verner and law. Verner was a good cb but has been an excellent ss for me. I agree that awareness is huge, especially for dbs so I typically man the ss that I think is getting targeted most often. Polo just doesn't have the coverage skills or the speed to make it worth my while... at lease when law gets beat he can usually catch the TE to make a tackle.
What is everybody's ratio of zone to man coverage? How much does everybody blitz?
I used to run almost exclusively man - just would mix in zone occasionally. I had problems getting beat deep in the zone defenses. But more recently, I've probably gone 2/3rd zone and I don't really get beat deep anymore. Not sure if that is because I have better players or what.
I rarely bring more than 4 - often bringing just three. Only bring 5+ plus if it's a clear run down or I'm trying to catch the guy unexpectedly. I've found a better approach is to sit back and be patient on defense rather than forcing the play with a blitz.