Re: A Good Pass Rush Makes All the Difference
posted at 12/20/2009 10:31 AM EST
In Response to A Good Pass Rush Makes All the Difference
[QUOTE] Exhibit "A", of course, was the SB 42 loss to the Giants. Exhibit "B" is the win by the Dallas Cowboys tonight over the previously unbeaten Saints, 24-17. Great QBs like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, and Philip Rivers can be stopped, if the opposing defense can pressure them. Dallas OLB/DEs Demarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer were all over Drew Brees all night...and the Cowboys only needed to rush 4 guys to bring the heat. Please, my friends...write letters to the North Pole, asking Santa Claus to bring the Patriots an outside speed rusher who can get to opposing QBs.
Posted by TexasPat3[/QUOTE]
certainly, it is ONE piece of the puzzle.
1) Decent pass rush as part of overall defense
2) Decent Red Zone Offense AND Defense
3) Good Takeaway/Giveaway ratio
4) Good coaching/play calling
5) Not just good players, but Playmakers
6) A little luck along the way
The Cowboys succeeded where the Patriots failed. They put pressure on Brees, they successfully ran the ball (and controlled the clock - giving Brees FEWER chances to score), they actually scored....