Re: Big Al healthy + Andre Carter =?
posted at 10/17/2011 10:35 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Big Al healthy + Andre Carter =?
[QUOTE]Back to the equation...A Healthy Al + ACarter = good things. We saw it today, and I think this is a glimpse of what is possible from this defense should most be healthy and get time to play together. I really loved how BB used Spikes in this game. With Al, Vince, Love, etc. collapsing the pocket and requiring doubles, Spikes was allowed to run almost free up the gut and make plays. I can't think of a game in recent memory where I saw as much consistent pressure as yesterday. It seemed to let up at times because of the scheme, but BB dialed it up when it mattered and the kids executed for the most part. I'm on the fence however with Guyton. For the lilfe of me, I don't know why Fletcher isn't seeinig more reps. Is he not ready to make the calls as this seems like Guyton's responsibility? Could Spikes pick this up?...Fletcher seems to almost always be in the right place and fundamentally very sound. I want to see some more Fletcher going forward and a little less Guyton.
Posted by PatsLifer[/QUOTE]
BB couldn't use Spikes or Mayo this way last season because he was running a different front most of the time, and the talent wasn't there.
The four man front they have been using is buying protection in spots for these guys that simply wasn't there last year.
If this "D" can be this good going down the road, it will be the best unit they have fielded in years.
The fact that BB essentially overhauled the whole thing, top to bottom, including four new d-lineman, among a ton of other players and changed the basic defensive scheme is huge.
He saw the problem the defense had been having, and fixed it two different ways -- or tried to. Different techniques are being taught, and different players were brought in who could maximize those schemes.
If the "D" is this good, it will be enough to get NE over the playoff hump. The "D" will have to win at least one game there.
IF they go back to SB and win it ... we can end all the doubting BB's genius label threads as well. He is basically rewriting the book on this "D" to fix its weakness over the past few seasons ... and it looks like it's working well.