heres another example of what our "big quarter" package can do-
2. The four-man rush against the shotgun quick-pass package
More and more teams are neutralizing defenses with a four-man front by utilizing a shotgun or quick-pass philosophy. If an offensive coordinator looks at a defense and sees a 4-3 scheme and concludes that none of the four defensive linemen can convert to linebackers in passing situations, then that triggers a shotgun or quick-pass package. The Titans, Bears, Packers, Redskins and Jaguars among other teams that have forceful four-man fronts. They get after an offense like the front fours of days gone bye. As one offensive coach said, "Whenever we can get a defense to waste a player in a rush look who will not effect the pass play, then by utilizing a quick game from the gun we win." A prominent defensive end in a 4-3 scheme said this week, "We have to start popping one of our linemen out of the rush and occupying an underneath zone instead of wasting a rusher because we just don't get to the quarterback enough the way we do it."
The truth is that rushing three players and dropping eight will get the quarterback to hold the ball. In the end that will give the three man rush a better chance at pressuring or sacking the quarterback. Look at Tennessee, for example. The Titans have an excellent four-man rush but they only have eight sacks and never got to Jeff Garcia of the Bucs last week because he got rid of the ball so quickly. I wonder if dropping an end would have gotten Garcia to hold the ball two seconds longer and allow a three-man rush to get to him? That's the question on the mind of a number of defensive coordinators facing the shotgun quick-pass attack.
b. keisel is our defensive end who can convert to a linebacker in passing situations. infact, in our big quarter package, hoke, hampton and smith line up in the 3 point stance. keisel stands on the line with no hands down and it doesnt tip off if he is rushing or dropping back into coverage.
hoke and hampton need double teamed, leaving 1 lineman matched up on aaron smith one on one. should open lanes for a blitzer (polamalu, townsend or both).
if we rely on just the 3 to get pressure we have farrior and keisel dropping into the underneath zone and still have taylor, smith, townsend, mcfadden, clark, and polamalu in coverage. no matter what 5 any team tries to spread us out in, we have 8 players solid in zone coverage, to combat it.
now most offenses (especially 1 like the colts) will see a team with 6 db's and go spread formation, hurry up so the defenses cant make substitutions, and run the ball against the 3 man front. that works good with most defenses but running against hoke, hampton, smith, farrior, polamalu, and keisel in the box is no walk in the park. especially when the group of db's behind them 1-6 are the hardest hitting, run stuffing secondary in the league.
tomlin and lebeau have correctly anticipated growing offensive trends with the development of this scheme. it shows they are ahead of the curve and not playing catch up.
and to think were only talking about the vanilla base package of 4-1-6 coverage. imagine when they start throwing wrinkles into that such as keisel, polamalu, and farrior moving around and roaming before the snap. we have only seen the baby step stages of what this defense can do.