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mesaSteeler
02-08-2009, 10:24 AM
Prevent defense never works
Brent St. Germain/Staff
Published: Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 8:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 11:46 p.m.
http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20090208/OPINION01/902070287/1180/SPORTS?Title=Prevent_defense_never_works

Every Super Bowl has moments that people will never forget.

Super Bowl X had Pittsburgh wide receiver Lynn Swann making several acrobatic catches.

The Chicago Bears will be remembered for doing the “Super Bowl Shuffle” in Super Bowl XX.

Buffalo kicker Scott Norwood missed out on a chance to be a hero of Super Bowl XXV when his potential game-winning 47-yard field goal sailed wide right.

Super Bowl XXXIII will always be known as the time when Denver quarterback John Elway finally won the big game.

Finally, Super Bowl XLII’s lasting memory is of the New York Giants scoring a late touchdown to defeat the previously undefeated New England Patriots.

This is only a handful of memories from all 43 Super Bowls.

What will be the lasting memory from Super Bowl XLIII?

There are many to choose from, but the one that will stick with me is a dreaded two word answer: prevent defense.

The Arizona Cardinals deserve credit for mounting would could have been one of the greatest memories in Super Bowl history.

Trailing 20-14 late in the fourth quarter, things appeared to be bleak for the Cardinals.

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger appeared to throw a 20-yard completion to Santonio Holmes on third down, but Steelers center Justin Hartwig was flagged for a holding penalty in the end zone, resulting in a safety.

That play gave new life to the Cardinals, and they quickly capitalized on their newfound momentum.

Two plays later, Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner hooked up with wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald on a 64-yard touchdown pass for a 23-20 lead.

With 2:37 left in the game, the Cardinals had the lead and the momentum.

All the Cardinals needed to do was pin their ears back on defense and pressure Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense.

But that’s not what the Cardinals did. Instead, Arizona switched to a prevent defense, and well, the results were not too favorable.

Roethlisberger guided the Steelers down the field, completing 5-of-7 passes for 84 yards. Holmes was the receiving end of four passes for 73 yards, including the game-winning touchdown with 35 seconds left to play.

The drive gave Holmes the Most Valuable Player award, but more importantly, it gave the Steelers a record sixth Super Bowl championship.

The Cardinals defensive coaches basically gave the Steelers the game-winning touchdown on a silver platter. By not blitzing, Roethlisberger was able to find the open receiver and pick apart the Cardinals defense.

Throughout the fourth quarter, the Cardinals used various blitz packages and schemes to pressure Roethlisberger. The plan worked as the Steelers were held to 16 yards of total offense and were sacked twice until their game-winning drive.

But for some reason, the Cardinals decided to play prevent defense with the Super Bowl on the line.

When Arizona tried to mount a comeback in the final seconds, Pittsburgh didn’t play prevent defense. The Steelers stuck to their game plan of constantly pressuring Warner. That plan worked as the Cardinals’ comeback ended when Warner fumbled the ball on questionable call with less than 10 seconds remaining.

Sometimes playing a prevent defense works, but for the most part, it’s usually results in disaster. Unfortunately, the Cardinals learned that lesson the hard way.

Maybe NFL teams will learn a valuable lesson from the Cardinals. The prevent defense doesn’t insure victory. It only prevents a team from winning a game.

Brent St. Germain is sports editor of The Courier and the Daily Comet. He can be reached at 857-2239 or 448-7600 ext. 2239 or by e-mail at brent.st.germain@houmatoday.com.

All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

SMR
02-08-2009, 10:41 AM
Prevent defense never works
Brent St. Germain/Staff
Published: Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 8:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 11:46 p.m.
http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20090208/OPINION01/902070287/1180/SPORTS?Title=Prevent_defense_never_works

Every Super Bowl has moments that people will never forget.

Super Bowl X had Pittsburgh wide receiver Lynn Swann making several acrobatic catches.

The Chicago Bears will be remembered for doing the “Super Bowl Shuffle” in Super Bowl XX.

Buffalo kicker Scott Norwood missed out on a chance to be a hero of Super Bowl XXV when his potential game-winning 47-yard field goal sailed wide right.

Super Bowl XXXIII will always be known as the time when Denver quarterback John Elway finally won the big game.

Finally, Super Bowl XLII’s lasting memory is of the New York Giants scoring a late touchdown to defeat the previously undefeated New England Patriots.

This is only a handful of memories from all 43 Super Bowls.

What will be the lasting memory from Super Bowl XLIII?

There are many to choose from, but the one that will stick with me is a dreaded two word answer: prevent defense.

The Arizona Cardinals deserve credit for mounting would could have been one of the greatest memories in Super Bowl history.

Trailing 20-14 late in the fourth quarter, things appeared to be bleak for the Cardinals.

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger appeared to throw a 20-yard completion to Santonio Holmes on third down, but Steelers center Justin Hartwig was flagged for a holding penalty in the end zone, resulting in a safety.

That play gave new life to the Cardinals, and they quickly capitalized on their newfound momentum.

Two plays later, Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner hooked up with wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald on a 64-yard touchdown pass for a 23-20 lead.

With 2:37 left in the game, the Cardinals had the lead and the momentum.

All the Cardinals needed to do was pin their ears back on defense and pressure Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense.

But that’s not what the Cardinals did. Instead, Arizona switched to a prevent defense, and well, the results were not too favorable.

Roethlisberger guided the Steelers down the field, completing 5-of-7 passes for 84 yards. Holmes was the receiving end of four passes for 73 yards, including the game-winning touchdown with 35 seconds left to play.

The drive gave Holmes the Most Valuable Player award, but more importantly, it gave the Steelers a record sixth Super Bowl championship.

The Cardinals defensive coaches basically gave the Steelers the game-winning touchdown on a silver platter. By not blitzing, Roethlisberger was able to find the open receiver and pick apart the Cardinals defense.

Throughout the fourth quarter, the Cardinals used various blitz packages and schemes to pressure Roethlisberger. The plan worked as the Steelers were held to 16 yards of total offense and were sacked twice until their game-winning drive.

But for some reason, the Cardinals decided to play prevent defense with the Super Bowl on the line.

When Arizona tried to mount a comeback in the final seconds, Pittsburgh didn’t play prevent defense. The Steelers stuck to their game plan of constantly pressuring Warner. That plan worked as the Cardinals’ comeback ended when Warner fumbled the ball on questionable call with less than 10 seconds remaining.

Sometimes playing a prevent defense works, but for the most part, it’s usually results in disaster. Unfortunately, the Cardinals learned that lesson the hard way.

Maybe NFL teams will learn a valuable lesson from the Cardinals. The prevent defense doesn’t insure victory. It only prevents a team from winning a game.

Brent St. Germain is sports editor of The Courier and the Daily Comet. He can be reached at 857-2239 or 448-7600 ext. 2239 or by e-mail at brent.st.germain@houmatoday.com.

All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

Nah. The credit actually goes to the Steelers back to life offense.
Thank you.
:helmet:

Stevo
02-08-2009, 10:57 AM
That article was embarassing. Someone doesn't really watch football.

"By not blitzing, Roethlisberger was able to find the open receiver and pick apart the Cardinals defense."

The Cards DID blitz Big Ben. And he was 10/10 when that happened. Bringing 5 or more and forcing him to run out of the pocket is the worst thing you can do.

Just watch any sports show or listen to any of the dozens of sports radio segments because that is all they talked about, it was one of the major elements of the game, and it is why Pittsburgh won the Super Bowl.

Dino 6 Rings
02-08-2009, 11:42 AM
That plan worked as the Cardinals’ comeback ended when Warner fumbled the ball on questionable call with less than 10 seconds remaining.

Really. to the Writer of that Article...Go Screw Yourself.

there was nothing "questionable" about the fumble call...just watch the video and look at Warner's face...he knew in his heart of hearts that he fcked it up and DROPPED the BALL!

Mags87
02-08-2009, 12:02 PM
That plan worked as the Cardinals’ comeback ended when Warner fumbled the ball on questionable call with less than 10 seconds remaining.

Really. to the Writer of that Article...Go Screw Yourself.

there was nothing "questionable" about the fumble call...just watch the video and look at Warner's face...he knew in his heart of hearts that he fcked it up and DROPPED the BALL!

are you sure that look isnt, "shit, thats Lamarr Woodley"

fansince'76
02-08-2009, 12:39 PM
They brought 5 on the 3rd-and-6 from the Steelers' 26-yard line. Result: Ben to Santo for 13 yards and a first down at the 39. They brought 5 on the 2nd-and-6 from the Cards' 46-yard line. Result: Ben to Santo for 40 yards and a first-and-goal at the Cards' 6-yard line. The Cards didn't "give" the Steelers anything - the Steelers simply took it. Dumbass needs to learn a bit more about the game before he tries to write about it. :coffee:

St33lersguy
02-08-2009, 02:24 PM
Did this dumbf*** ever consider actually playing close attention to the film study before writing anything.

Hapa
02-08-2009, 03:08 PM
What an idiot. We played prevent defense too.

I don't like prevent defense either, but he's gotta get his facts straight before he becomes a writer. He talks about us pressuring Kurt Warner. We only sent 3 linemen at him!

MasterOfPuppets
02-08-2009, 04:29 PM
wasn't warner sacked on a 3 man rush.......:doh:

SunshineMan21
02-08-2009, 04:36 PM
He doesn't point out that a similar defense led to Fitz's TD . . . the reason for the comeback in the first place.

CargoJon
02-08-2009, 07:53 PM
I agree with the premise of this article, but not the details.

The biased author forgot to mention that the moment the Steelers were up by 13 in the fourth qtr, they started playing prevent, which allowed Zona back in the game to begin with.

Having our safeties 30 yards deep and cheating towards the sidelines allowed Warner to work those passes in the middle.

Duh.

lilyoder6
02-08-2009, 07:58 PM
prevent defense only prevents the def from making stops...

HometownGal
02-08-2009, 08:02 PM
The Arizona Cardinals deserve credit for mounting would could have been one of the greatest memories in Super Bowl history.


Bull puckies. The Cardinals, Haley and Wiz deserve the "Bonehead Award" for scoring that last TD too quickly and allowing the Steelers over 2 minutes after the pass, catch and run by Warner and Fitz. After all of the comebacks Ben & Co. made this season, you'd think the AZ coaching staff would have used better judgment instead of striking that 64 yard pass which didn't eat much time off of that clock. gave the Steelers plenty of time to regroup, energize and get back out on that field to mount their comback. :banging:

markymarc
02-09-2009, 10:36 AM
What a homer. Funny because I recall us going into prevent defense as well in the 4th quarter. And he's crazy for thinking all they played was prevent defense on the last TD drive for the Steelers. For the record we didn't blitz on the last defensive play. We only rushed 3 guys and Woodley ended up getting the sack and fumble. Someone is still bitter about the loss :tt02:

FacemeIke
02-09-2009, 03:48 PM
I thought the article was going to be about the Steelers playing prevent and letting the Cardinals back into the game!