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Old 01-03-2011, 04:11 PM   #1
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Default The "KEY" to beating the Patriots

I think the AFC Championship game is going to be between the Steelers and Patriots.

I also believe that the NFC Championship game is going to come down to Atlanta and Philadelphia.

I believe that the Eagles can beat the Falcons; putting the Eagles in the Super bowl.

The question is "Can the Steelers beat the Patriots" in the AFC title game.?

The Patriots lost two pre-season games to the Rams and Giants, and two Regular season games to the Jets and Browns.

It seems to me that the Patriots offensive line handles 3-4 defenses very well. Brady gets all day to pick apart the secondary.

When teams go to a 4-3 front, it seems like the Patriots ofensive line has trouble picking it up, especially if the 4-3 defense uses line stunts and blitzes up the middle.


I think that the Steelers will have to put Brady on his back and hurry him in order to beat the Pats. From a 3-4 front I don't think they will be able to do it.

I think that LeBeau is smart enough to know that the strength of the Patriots is their offensive line. LeBeau is also smart enough to know that the Patriots struggle against a 4-3 front and line stunts and blitzes up the middle.

The question for me is " Will LeBeau tinker with the Defensive front enough to put pressure on Brady if the defense isn't getting pressure on Brady"?


I don't think that the Steelers can beat the Pats, or get pressure on Brady with a 3-4 front. If they mix it up and use a 4-3 at times, and use line stunts and run blitzes, THEN I think that the Steelers can beat Brady.

I just don't think that LeBeau will try to use the 4-3 at all because the Steelers aren't familiar with it. Therefore, I think an all PA. Super Bowl might not happen.

If you watch the film, you will see that the 4-3 gives the Pats fits. I hope that if the Steelers play the Pats in the AFC Championship game, they come out jn a 4-3.
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I hope that if the Steelers play the Pats in the AFC Championship game, they come out jn a 4-3.
Post of the season - switch to a 4-3 despite the fact your linemen and LBs are drafted for their skill sets in a 3-4 and then play cover 2 - the keys to victory

So who sits - Farrior?
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Default Re: The "KEY" to beating the Patriots

it is IMPERATIVE that we put pressure on him. And i don't mean a little pressure...we have to send the house and scare the s*** out of him and play close behind the line. He never plays well when he's under heavy pressure and if we give him those short slant passes again we're dead in the water.
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Post of the season - switch to a 4-3 despite the fact your linemen and LBs are drafted for their skill sets in a 3-4 and then play cover 2 - the keys to victory
Steelers have 4-3 plays. 3 down linemen, and sometimes both harrison and woodley will be in a 3 point stance, so its like a 5-2, but it turns into a 4-3 once either Harrison or Woodley drops into coverage. Essentially it is a 4-3 just its more confusing because the OL doesn't know who will blitz each play. The only time the defense is a confusing zone blitz is when there's only 2 or sometimes 1 defensive linemen and like 4-5 linebackers (sometimes Troy) and it causes a mess of confusion. Especially if they end up only blitzing 3.

Bellichick is a very good coach when it comes to studying film, Brady usually knows exactly whats comming, so LeBeau has to make like a whole new playbook for this game, or use plays he's only used a couple times during the season.
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Actually. The Pats should be worried about how to beat the Steelers IF we meet in the playoffs. I'm pretty confident the team is gonna go up to Boston like the allies did in the Normandy invasion in WWII... THIS time around.
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The really ironic part of this is that the Browns beat them by rarely having anybody down in a stance. Everybody played pretty much upright. It confused the hell out of Brady and the lineman calling the blocking assignments.
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Post of the season - switch to a 4-3 despite the fact your linemen and LBs are drafted for their skill sets in a 3-4 and then play cover 2 - the keys to victory

So who sits - Farrior?
The idea is that you use line stunts to open holes for blitzing LB's to run through to get a free shot at the QB. You don't "sit" anybody, you rotate LB's to keep them fresh.

You use line stunts to open blitz holes.
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Steelers have 4-3 plays. 3 down linemen, and sometimes both harrison and woodley will be in a 3 point stance, so its like a 5-2, but it turns into a 4-3 once either Harrison or Woodley drops into coverage. Essentially it is a 4-3 just its more confusing because the OL doesn't know who will blitz each play. The only time the defense is a confusing zone blitz is when there's only 2 or sometimes 1 defensive linemen and like 4-5 linebackers (sometimes Troy) and it causes a mess of confusion. Especially if they end up only blitzing 3.

Bellichick is a very good coach when it comes to studying film, Brady usually knows exactly whats comming, so LeBeau has to make like a whole new playbook for this game, or use plays he's only used a couple times during the season.
To me a 4-3 involves 4 down linemen, not 4 pass rushers

But I certainly agree LeBeau needs to mix it up - the problem simply may be that Brady is kryptonite for a defense that is based on pressuring the passer and keeping the receiver in front of the DBs toavoid big gains - Brady has the skill set to negate that and just slice his way down the field - a 36/4 TD/INT ratio is insane
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The really ironic part of this is that the Browns beat them by rarely having anybody down in a stance. Everybody played pretty much upright. It confused the hell out of Brady and the lineman calling the blocking assignments.
That was at Cleveland though, its hard to make linecalls when its that loud in other stadiums. In Foxboro, it'll be nice and quiet for Brady.
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we struggle against patriots bc our dbs play 15 yds off of the line instead of at the line and popping the wrs in the mouth!!!!!
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