Re: Brady - Work/Life Balance
posted at 5/17/2010 4:38 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Brady - Work/Life Balance
In Response to Re: Brady - Work/Life Balance : The bears team the colts played in the superbowl were #2 in points scored, #3 in points allowed and 13-3 in the regular season. Yes the colts D has been better. Not great but better. As others have noted, it is built to keep a lead but has never been like the D's the pats had when they won their SB's. Those D's were special and will go down in history, IMO.
Posted by underdoggg
Good post here dogg
... Furthering your thoughts RE: Colts Defense- The poster who noted how the Colts D, isn't designed in it's Tampa 2 strategy, To be some ALL-powerful game-changing Defense, WAS correct. Now, This is NOT to say 1 single bit, That The Colts D isn't or has never been dominant. This has to do solely with the overall Tampa 2 (or Cover 2 formation) set-up. It IS, an absolutely IDEAL fit for the Manning led Offensive juggernaut, which ideally (and often) itself, WANTS to get out to that couple score lead in a game, and then hold on for the W. Ya send those 4 D-Lineman, 1 gap speed rushing the ball, and ya pretty much throw every other LB and secondary player into a coverage bubble zone. It's containment pure and simple, built on speed, reaction time, gang-tackling to overcompensate on the smaller size of the D players, AND it is an TOTAL complement to a Manning led Offense, whose main function is to score early and often and almost force the other O to keep up quickly by abandoning the run game in order to pass just to keep pace.
Now the Pats D being the original version of the 3-4, Is itself a containment D, but it's a 3-4 Containment D- More versatile and the schemes are far, far more complicated (or can be). Here's the thing: For EACH of our teams D to be successful, It's success depends VERY much on the type of player used. A VERY specific type of player is almost always, a neccessity for BOTH of our D's to work well... Belichick sorta made this mistake in recent years, by concluding that the overall versatility and adaptability of both his D knowledge within his 3-4 Pats Defense, WAS the all-pervading factor which trumped ALWAYS, really- whomever he decided to place in his defense. I think BB's realizing nowadays that he DID actually have some good players and playmakers on his Superbowl Defense's and that it wasn't JUST an outta this world scheme that did the trick. Ya, there's not very many 6'5 290lb DEs as is like Richard Seymour, and probably a few less of these guys smart enough to play in a Belichickean system, and just maybe 1 or 2 less-Selfless enough to be 2-gapping multiple O-lineman and giving their ESPN cover stats to the LB, YET are STILL enough of a force to require the 2 O-lineman and make plays themselves, yet...
Even though BOTH systems are based on TEAM play, whether it be Colts guys knowing precisely WHERE someone else's zone coverage bubble ends and them gang-tackling the ball-carrier, OR Pats defenders knowing precisely WHEN and HOW another one of their D teammates is doing some adaptation shift that WILL affect exactly what, where and how the other players do as their jobs on any given specific play, One CANNOT underestimate the overall skills of having a D unit WITH playmakers on it. The Colts HAVE to get to the passer, and those 4 D-Lineman rushing an offensive line in the Tampa 2 Defense, usually are NOT the beneficiaries of getting extra blitz help, because all the other guys need to be in their coverage zone area... Guys like Dwight Freeney, who CAN get to the passer withOUT help, ain't a dime a dozen; Likewise, Safeties like Bob Sanders who are small because often small guys have that insane reaction skill fluidity, YET who can pound & perfectly wrap-tackle and take down a ball-carrier themselves because they're IN that big zone island space...well, these fellas ain't a dime a dozen either. Long-winded point is thus: BOTH our Defense's are based on team-play, YET BOTH our defenses DO suffer when those very few, very specific players that our D's are correct for, get injured, cut, or are overall lacking and without. BTW, You guys managed a small coup securing in the draft, an UTTERLY perfect Dwight Freeney, speed rushing DE clone and ideal in several other ways for your Tampa 2 Defense, In getting TCU's Jerry Hughes...hate you (lol).