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Old 12-10-2007, 11:26 AM   #1
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Default Defensive Scheme against the Pats

I thought the Steelers did a few good things against the pats to get pressure on Brady. Although we didn't sack him, we did make him make some bad throws. Unfortunately, he had many more good ones. The problem I had was in the 3rd quarter when you obviously saw them get into a zone throwing to Welcher....why were the Steelers not on top of the slot man when they were obviously running the same 3-5 plays over and over again ?? Welcher's man was 8 or 9 yards deep on every play and they would just snap the ball and throw it to him. I can see it happening a couple times, but 5 in a row is disgusting. Finally, I think it was Harrison who stepped outside and got right in his face and Brady called a time out. Was that adlib from Harrison, because Farrior and him kept looking at each other before the timeout was called. What took so long to figure that out ? Wouldn't jamming the slot man or one of the split ends that were running the interference stop the Brady to Welcher show ?
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Old 12-10-2007, 11:33 AM   #2
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I know we had guys with opportunities to hit Brady and they didn't do it. I'm not talking about dirty late hits either. If you knock him to the ground a few times he is nowhere near as accurate, just like any other quarterback. Defensively we made no adjustments for what they were doing. They pretty much threw every down the last two quarters, yet we didn't change the way we attacked them. Unlike our OC their coordinator saw we weren't stopping the pass and kept doing it. What an odd way to call a game.
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Old 12-10-2007, 11:39 AM   #3
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Default Re: Defensive Scheme against the Pats

i mentioned it in another thread....concerning jamming welker....I looked for it all gme yesterday....disappointed not to see it
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i mentioned it in another thread....concerning jamming welker....I looked for it all gme yesterday....disappointed not to see it
Even if you don't jam him ... jam the split ends that are helping him out ..... just some type of effort to disrupt their timing would have been nice. I think they try to do that with the blitz but you can't be one dimensional like that ... not against that team.
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Lebeau is the man and all, but dam you would think he would have made an adjustment after the 12th bubble screen....IN THE SECOND HALF ALONE!!!!
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We never sacked Brady because he was getting rid of the ball so quickly. That ball was out in less than 2 seconds.
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And it's the same way the Pats have beaten the Steelers before when Lebeau was the DC. Seems to me, at some point he should really have addressed this situation.

The Pats have been using the passing game effectively for years.... YEARS!

There's really no excuse for not coming out and changing tactics to defend against the Pats passing game... absolutely none.
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It was kind of obvious what happened. The Steelers were jamming the WR's in the first half, but the Pats smoked them deep a couple times which forced the adjustment to playing a little softer. The Pats simply took what the Steelers gave them, and in the second half they gave them short stuff underneath. That's a sensational Pats offense, and they will find a way to beat you one way or another. The two trick plays not only yielded 14 points, they forced the Steelers out of their gameplan. Had the Steelers stuck with aggressive DB play NE would have just continued to exploit that as well.
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It was kind of obvious what happened. The Steelers were jamming the WR's in the first half, but the Pats smoked them deep a couple times which forced the adjustment to playing a little softer. The Pats simply took what the Steelers gave them, and in the second half they gave them short stuff underneath. That's a sensational Pats offense, and they will find a way to beat you one way or another. The two trick plays not only yielded 14 points, they forced the Steelers out of their gameplan. Had the Steelers stuck with aggressive DB play NE would have just continued to exploit that as well.
Man, I don't know about that. I've NEVER seen the Steelers jam WR's on a regular basis and I really don't recall them doing it much, if at all in the 1st half. Both deep balls your talking about, the corners weren't jamming. The first Taylor had outside coverage in a zone and Smith jumped on the play action big time. The second was a lateral and there wasn't a CB in position to jam because he would have nailed Moss when he dropped it. Also, Gaffney just lallygagged into the middle of the field then broke it out and deep, he was not jammed.
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Default Re: Defensive Scheme against the Pats

I saw Ike pushing Moss around at the line. I also noticed they were playing a lot tighter than their customary 15 yards. But by the 3rd quarter, they were cheating back again.

If you watch the play-action bomb to Moss, watch the second level of the Steelers. It's kind of unfair to single out Smith. There were at least 4 players caught looking into the backfield, who snuck up to play the run, and almost simultaneously tried to slide back into position when they realized it was a pass. I know Smith and Ike were at least 2 of those 4, and there may have been more than 4. Really, though, the fate of the Steelers was sealed within the first half second of that play.
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