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Old 03-24-2008, 09:56 AM   #1
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Default Tomlin values Pass Rush without blitzing

Saw a great comment from Coach T on the official site. I hope he finds a pass rusher in the draft that can play on the line.

...anybody who can apply pressure to a quarterback without blitzing has a chance to win any football game. I grew up in this league in that environment, with a front four that could apply pressure to the quarterback, and when you can do that without blitzing, you?re going to be in every football game

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Default Re: Tomlin values Pass Rush without blitzing

I read this article or Q&A this morning also and I really enjoyed the answers he gave. I would like to see the Steelers use the 4-3 defensive alignment, but right now I dont really think that they have the right players to do so. Its just like everyone else out there that tries to switch to a 3-4 in one season... you just cant do that with just any players. Your DE's must play just like NT's in the 3-4 when in the 4-3 defense your DE's must have the speed and ability to rush the passer. The pressure just comes from different positions in both alignments.
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Default Re: Tomlin values Pass Rush without blitzing

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...anybody who can apply pressure to a quarterback without blitzing has a chance to win any football game. I grew up in this league in that environment, with a front four that could apply pressure to the quarterback, and when you can do that without blitzing, you?re going to be in every football game
I agree with this 100%

applying pressure without blitzing is exactly how the Giants won the Super Bowl
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Default Re: Tomlin values Pass Rush without blitzing

The Giants did use blitzes though, throughout the entire game.

its just a different scheme, if you have 4 downlinemen and blitz, you're rushing 5, but with a 3-4, a "true" blitz doesn't happen unless you send 2 extra guys to pressure with 5.

Any time you can get pressure with 4 guys, that's a bonus, regardless of scheme.
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I agree with this 100%

applying pressure without blitzing is exactly how the Giants won the Super Bowl
Yea, the so called blueprint.

I'm not trying to be demeaning but, isn't this common knowledge. Games are won in the trenches, always have been.

The Giants are the perfect example though with thier matchup with the Pats. Rushing just 4 the majority of the time allowed them to keep the safeties deep while still having a defender for each skill position player on offense. We did a pretty decent job against the Pats, we were just getting to Brady a split second too late. I wouldn't say 4-3 is better at getting pressure than the 3-4, in the 4-3 it's the ends and in the 3-4 it's the OLBs.

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Any time you can get pressure with 4 guys, that's a bonus, regardless of scheme.
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Default Re: Tomlin values Pass Rush without blitzing

There was a time when the Steelers had a very potent front 4. They applied massive pressure, got sacks and stuffed the run. They allowed our line backers to blitz or drop into coverage.

Steel Curtain Defense of the 70's anyone? I'd take it.
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that would be nice to see a pass rusher lineman
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Default Re: Tomlin values Pass Rush without blitzing

I think the math is simple. There are 11 defenders, no matter what the position titles say. If you send 3, 4, or 5 people at the QB, it doesn't matter if they don't get there b 4 the ball is thrown. Many 4-3 teams weren't successful and a few 3-4 teams were not successful either. I think the Steelers will be successful no matter what scheme they apply. It is team philosophy on defense that keeps us near the top.
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Default Re: Tomlin values Pass Rush without blitzing

Yeah, the only problem is if the Steelers only send 4 that means Smith and Hampton dont get pressure because they are really run stoppers. Keisel has no pass rush moves other than bull into the O lineman and try to block passing lands and Harrison cant be expected to beat LT's often unless there is a blitz.

I would like to see a DE in the 3-4 with some pass rush ability replace Keisel. With Woodley on the other side it effectively becomes a 4-3 if you just rush 4 and gives the fliexibility that a 3-4 normally does.
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