Re: Two plays: It wasn't nearly as bad as you all think
posted at 12/3/2009 1:21 AM EST
In Response to Re: Two plays: It wasn't nearly as bad as you all think
[QUOTE]Would our 2003 defense be good in today's game. I don't really think so. I think our DBs would be suspect with the rule changes that have been put in place. Our LBs were meant to stop the run. Today's passing game has changed so much from five years ago. We would be complaining how bad our LBs are in coverage. I do however, prefer our pass rush with Big Willie and Vrabes of '03 to whatever it is we have now.
Posted by MaritimePatsFan[/QUOTE]
I think that's WHY the team drafted guys like Hobbs, Wilhite, and Wheatley. The game has changed and quicker, more agile guys might be able to cover guys without depending on contact to push them off of their routes. Then, with physical safeties like Merriweather, McGowan, and Chung, they can play over the top and hit receivers hard if they do catch the ball or make a play on the ball from deep. This is why the importance of safety has exceeded the importance of cornerbacks. Great defenses have great safeties: Pittsburgh and Baltimore are prime examples. The Redskins' defense is decent with LaRon Landry back there, and was even better with Landry paired with the late Sean Taylor. Look at the Giants' defense WITHOUT Kenny Phillips.
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Two plays: It wasn't nearly as bad as you all think : NE was actually in Cover Three for most of the night, with man under assignments. Some cover-4 as well. They were trying hard to not get beat deep. The problem was that without someone to contest their WR's at the line, they were making quick breaks, and the DBs got caught peaking five or six times, which is why thery were one step behind most of the night. I don't think it was smart. I would have gone with man cover two BIG dime. Keeping Meriweather, McGowan and Chung in the game at one time.
Posted by zbellino[/QUOTE]
I didn't watch the coverage on some of the shallower plays, but I saw a lot of Cover 2 man under. On one of the big plays, Merriweather was playing the defensive deep left and bit on an out route by the slot receiver, allowing the wideout to run a skinny post and gain big yardage after Wilhite lost his footing and missed the tackle. On the wide open pass to Henderson, Merriweather was alone in Cover 1 and Brees looked him off to Merriweather's right while the defensive left slot cornerback blitzed, leaving the deep defensive left side wide open and the slot receiver (Henderson) uncovered.