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Old 11-11-2007, 08:10 PM   #11
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Default Re: Defense V.S. Clowns

I was more worried about our awful O line play. Giving up all those sacks to the 32nd pass rushing D? On the bright side, Harrison's monster year continues, credited with 2 FF, only one of which I can remember, but good to see him still racheting it up!
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Old 11-11-2007, 08:15 PM   #12
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i dont hink you can compare randy, stallworth and welker with braylon, juerivicious, and winslow... besides derek anderson with tom brady? i dont kno if we can have the success we had against cleveland with NE
No matter what our conceptions may be about the Browns, the bottom line is statistically, this is a very good offense. You may say, who have they played, though. Well the same thing can be said about the Patriots, save a game or two.

Derek Anderson is not Tom Brady, but their delivery is a lot alike. They were talking about this on DVE after the game. Anderson likes to take a step or two into his passes and if he can push the OLine back into the pocket, then they are taking away space for the quarterback to step into his passes. You don't really need sacks to be successful in stopping the Quarterback.

It is going to be a whole different beast against NE, but the concept should remain a lot like today's game. Yes, New England can dink and dunk us, but they can also go deep. Protecting against the long ball has to be step one against the Patriots or the game turns into a shootout. The more plays their offense is running on scoring drives the more opportunities the defense has to do something. Obviously the ideal situation is three and out.

Forcing third downs and making them march down field is going to increase our chances of causing a mistake instead of blitzing the crap out of them and continuously getting burnt by Welker and Moss on 30 yard slant and run routes. We are going to have to blitz, but I'm feeling confident in our pass defense's coverage.

EDIT: By blitz I mean in moderation
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Old 11-11-2007, 08:49 PM   #13
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Point well taken guys, but I'd like see a little more pressure on the QB than what we saw today. Anderson had an eon back there today to throw the ball.
YEP. I REALLY hate seeing opposing quarterbacks not even hurried.
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Well, this explains why we didn't see much of Woodley:

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With LaMarr Woodley hurt, Tomlin turned to starting outside linebacker James Harrison to replace him on the coverage team for Reed's final kickoff of the game.
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Old 11-12-2007, 01:46 AM   #15
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Well, this explains why we didn't see much of Woodley:



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i thought harrison always played special teams this season.. he's a co-captain on the special teams unit. he is the one that jacked up ed reed last week on the punt return. and when did woodley get hurt?
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Default Re: Defense V.S. Clowns

I am not worried about not getting the pressure. It is a scheme thing. We are so focused on the Steelers scheming to blitz and blitz and blitz. But now, we have the offense focused on our blitz... and then we drop off and cover the passes. Personally, I think it is BRILLIANT.

The problem with blitzing constantly is that when you play west-coast teams... or teams with very good o-lines, you can get burnt bad.

So I love the knew wrinkle. No blitz and lockdown the receivers... then blitz and crush the QB... then what? More wrinkles, more schemes... I think it is perfect. Look at the second half of this game.
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