Preseason Prognostications?

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    MVP, I am shocked at that number. They really aren't a blitzing defense. And I don't remember that many 5-6 man rushes going on. Maybe some were zon blitzes where they peeled a DE? On the other point. The confusion is that 2-gap is an assignment and not a scheme. You can be in 3-4 without having your nose 2-gap. Blitzing usually precludes covering two gaps because a player is blitzing through one.
    Posted by zbellino
    I was at the Super Bowl, and the Giants Blitzed alot more than usual. More than in Week 17 against the Pats. They ran alot of single coverage on Moss to try and put more pressure on Brady. Spagnuola did a great job of disguising his Blitzes. 35% still seems high. But the Giants absolutely Blitzed more than you think.
     
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    In Response to Re: Preseason Prognostications? : You can peel off a DE and simulate that. SF was the king of running that tweener defense with Chuck Haley. When I look at SD's current iteration of the 3-4, it looks more like a glorified 4-3 to me anyway, because Merriman just isn't a 100% OLB. It isn't just protecting the lead either. It is protecting a small area. A quality 3-4 should post better redzone digits because of the versatility it offers.  But you are 100% correct. The Belichik defense is, at its core, conservative.
    Posted by zbellino


    Understood but no DE is going to have the mobility and athleticism of a LB so it won't be a true zone coverage.

    SD runs the modern Phillips one gap version that depends on aggressive linemen with LB support, so agreed that it is more of a modified 4-3. If Merriman was in our system, his injury would have far more consequences, but out in SD he is the second wave.
     
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