Re: The Defense
posted at 10/5/2012 4:11 AM EDT
"I want to know why the CB's never turn to look at the ball when it's coming to the receiver they are covering. Are the getting burned too bad and don't turn and look for the ball because they let their receiver get behind them or is this the way the Pats want them to play?"
No...none'a that. It's because Professional Football worthy starting NFL quality Wide Receivers are rude people: Whenever NFL CBs stop and/or just slow down in order to check and see long enough in order to get a good recollection as to where the pass is, Those Rude and Selfish NFL caliber starting WRs, neither stop their route trees and precise timing patterns in order to wait for their friend, the defensive CB covering them at that instant... Honestly, not only that, But they don't even tell them which direction as to where they're going, or even what point as to where they're ideally attempting to end up...
J#s#s Khr#ssst....(somebody fax this cherry newsflash over to Greg Bedard, 'kay?).
RE: Pats blitzing more often... As it stands right this 2nd, I'd LOVE it. It made sense to be EXTREMELY conservative in the blitzing department during NE's greater dependance and useage of the 3-4 set, during a great many past seasons as to their "overall" (I know, sooo many sub-packages)- favored D look. In those days of heavy relaince on that Fairbanks-Lebeau 3-4 "Class 101" scheme, it made WAY more sense. 3 Massive stud D-Line guys (Warren/J. Green, Seymour, Wilfork/Washington- minus tiny miniscule Wilfork, you're looking at ZERO guy under 6'5 and 305lbs...beasts); Even IF just 3 guys up front ain't gonna put alot of pressure in fully collapsing the passing pocket and getting a hit on the QB, those Man-Giants were dcent enough in order for the QB to sense at least some heat was inevitably comin' after 3-5 seconds in his passer pocket. The rest of the way, BB banked on Flooding the passing lanes with 8(!) freak!ng defenders. The rest was simply great additionals: 1 EXTREMELY intelligent and long-tenured Vet of NFL Vets Safety, in R Harrison...and 2 smart tenured OLBs ready to exact any sorta opening and/or mistake by the O- the first, like Rodney....smart, smart, and smart in order to smell out 1 slight err for an open opp (in pass d or pass rush as the play developed- M Vrabel)... the other, a 6'5 270lb 4.6 running mutant (wise in his own right, no doubt opportunistically) like Willie Mac. And again, even IF those guys aren't stepping up in a scheme, that is 8- and 8 oftentimes more often than otherwise, long-tenured intelligent NFL vets, sniffing out overall passing play direction and flooding those passing lanes/field en masse.
Again- with THAT personell grouping of players, playing that- "Our guys WILL make you pay for even the slightest of miscalculation" within that vanilla original form of the 3-4, Is a VERY smart bet. Dallas's 3-4 was absolutely more (hold on-SERIOUS brain-freeze) dedicated towards (term anyone?!?!) overflowing 1 side of the LOS on mass designed blitzing <more defenders than O-Linemen...sheez?!?! Word?> (when they did...which was far moreso than NE's 3-4); They worked on freakishly athletic and fast 3-4 (particularly their 3-4 OLBs, vs. 3-4 worthy athletes whom are Mensa scholars as well-NE)... While Pitt's 3-4 on the otherhand, was based on weird very starngely BUT VERY exacting and deliberately designed stunts by everyone in the Steel Front 7- Weird looks, preset prior to the snap at the O-Look. Ex: Pitts NT and LDE would stunt with the NT swinging in front of that LDE, and the LDE skewing back & over the top, going & angling over center-right; Meanwhile, Pitts 3-4 RDE, would do something not even rush, just look to rush prior to planting and angling back and out into the side right flat of the open field off the line. Meanwhile, Pitts ROLB would do something like skew parralellel towards the MLB (the 1 next to him), with that 1 of the 2 ILBs rushing up the middle attempting to collapse the pocket inside. The ILB right over meantime, might cover a TE/RB coming off the line, while that final LOLB just might crowd up at the LOS looking to blitz, before Completely dropping back, thus swinging back & over in order to zone-cover that open side's-middle of the field; Ya add in a heavy-hitting Polamalu in order to hopefully attempt to smaell out any big deficiencies that suddenly pop up in this VERY "gamble-laden" type of design (EX: Coming up over the middle right sideline on top of that wide open space which could occur anywhere and everywhere all the way on back, behind that RDE who swung out into the flat); SD as the other lone 3-4 big player of the past, enjoyed using their 3-4 in an over/under look(s). The front 3 shifting 1 way over the O-Line, and the 4 LBs skewing the opposite way (while deploying a bit of each of the above...but not trully 1 in particular by and large, as the first 3 teams regularly did more often than not as each's particular "generalized" preferences);
But now with NE's 4 man front in anywhere from anything from a 4-3 Over...Or 4-3 Under...or very symetrical-looking 3-4 Eagles look (where every guy appears ideally positioned picture perfect (open center with 2 D-Linemen on 1 side, and 2 on the other...both DTs just shaded over the outside of each of the OCs shoulders/ 1 MLB hedging up 1 step closer directly in line w/ the OC, and the final 2 MLBs/OLBs in between each of the 2 DE/DT groupings on either side (just hedging each, a bit more towards the outsides).
Point is: With NE rushing only 3 guys on average, they oftentimes had difficulty (past NE's very best SB runs when these NE D personell guys were in their promes and clicking on all cylinders)- getting pressure on the opposing QB... But that was the nature of that particular Fairbanks-Lebeau 3-4 beast- Make THEM scr#w up, and have the personell and great number of personell in order to capitalize and be there when they do (i.e. frustrate them through only allowing tick-tack plays <nothing big>, into an error...then kill'em with it>);
But Now?!?! You Can-NOT count on ANY Defense (i.e. as it relates here=Vs. the Passing Game) being successful, WHEN deploying by and large- 4 men up front and rushing the passer...And STILL- And as it occured in this past Baltimore contest, not simply have ZERO Sacks, BUT not even 1(!) (1?!?!) Quarterback HIT...all day long.
That's insane. You're not flooding the passing lanes by having an extra defender off the line in a 3-4...NOR are you affording your Secondary that help which comes with additional passing pressure up front, in the deployment of a 4 men front...
In otherwords...SO BLITZ for god's sakes!!! Send a 5th man more often, IF you're not gonna have that added benefit by having all those additional personell in the span of the passing field (3-4 days). Using a 4 Man front (vs a 3 man front) AND getting zero sacks, OR zero QB hits...Makes it pointless, It makes the benefits of it's usage, one of being in limbo.
As a Final Say: IF NE's 4 man front is still getting little to no pressure on the passing QB, I DO expect to see more blitzing come the 2nd half of this '12 Season... Personally, there's still so many either Totally new individual components up in the Front 7, and/or Just a great many young/new Front 7 components and Vets, but both playoing in pretty new Base Front 7 designs here in NE's Scheme (last year and this...that's really it, minus sub sets of the past). <Personally, I think BB was a bit taken aback and now sorta "gun-shy" upon deploying that nice 4-3 Over and getting Soooo much pressure and heat vs opponents up front during the entirety of the 2011 Preseason...only to start that Regular Season last year, rushing 5, 6, and even 7 guys at times during the first 4 or 5 '11 Reg Season Games, and having next to nothin' in terms of up-front pressure early on last year, while consecutively leaving your entire backfield nearly empty and so easily exploitable as an immediate & direct result>