6 posts.....How did I miss your first five. Definately a great idea for a thread. This gets you bumped a column or two on the ole spreadsheet my friend....... ;)
Sorry to be the pessimist of all things, but our problems need to be addressed.
Couple of comments/discussions points though......
I actually think Leslie has been getting a bit more press out of his CB's, atleast he was prior to Whinny coming back. I kindof got on his bandwagon a bit (I really was hard on him for awhile last year) because of how he uses Griff on thier best WR.
Is it just me or about 75% of the time we drop into a cover 2 or cover 4?
Watch closely and you will see that Griff and Whinny switch sides at times and in some instances, you will see Griff and Whinny on the same side.
That my friend cannot be considered a cover 2 scheme.
I'm not so sure I consider his play calling bad. That Stunt/S blitz that M-will/Rob did was a thing of beauty considering how they dropped JA into the void.
The play calling is getting too predictable to me and I really think leslie frazier needs to address his conservative approach to every game or else his job will be in jeopardy.
I would have to say that I think we show our blitz way to early. This allows the QB time to check out of a play as well as thier OL to adjust to it.
Case in point, almost the whole first half, the Bores had our Offense confused as to were the Blitz was coming from because of how late they actually showed it. Same thing happened in the Panthers and Cards game.
I am not so sure we do have the best DL in the league. I am almost starting to think that at least Kevin was juicing. Only reason I can explain for the huge drop off in his play.
Yes I will say that we do have the best D-Line in the league, but can you expect them to get pressure every play? Our defense has been solid all year, but gets KILLED by the big play. It takes one big play to score and now a days you just can't depend on whinny or griffin to hold a WR down for 4-5 seconds if our D-line just ain't getting in (I will defend our D-Line observing that most games, teams leave 6-7 players to block/double team J.A.).
Phat Pat can still ball, but he really needs to take alot of reps off. That severly impacts what the OL can do with respect to protecting (doubling) against the other DLmen.
I will say that this is the area I think Leslie is at his weakest. For the life of me I don't know why he can't figure out how to rotate guys in based on situations. I don't think we've seen 4 DE's in on 3rd and forevers. If we have, it hasn't been very often.
Which brings me to your "Big Play" point. In most cases the big play takes time to develop and is usually a direct result of the QB having the time to watch it develop and pick his spot when to hit the reciever. Long story short, put some pressure on his ass, make him move, and he can't make the big play.
See my comment above. In addition to that, I think we have the type of corners that the scheme calls for. Lets face it, there just aren't alot of cover/shutdown corners running around out there.
Our corners are on the slow side but aggressive and physical. They just aren't pure cover corners and can't hang with speed. I always see the vikings doing the press bail coverage. Why not bump receivers besides creating a bigger mismatch than there already is.
As to being physical. Griff can be physical if the coaches tell him to, as he showed in the Bores game this weekend.
Let's face it, the tackling hasn't been there this year, and this cover 2 scheme that requires solid tackling and giving the dinks and dunks in order minimize the big play just isn't going to cut it.
This is were I think you really hit the nail on the head. Our defense is designed to keep the ball in front of you and make the tackle. Everyone (and not just one S) is missing tackles.
For this I am on Leslies ass again. I for one hope the Chiller decides to go in another direction this year for his D-coord. If he isn't smart enough to do that, I hope the FO makes him or some team gets real stupid and hires Leslie away from us.
Another solid point. I really don't like the matchups we are gonna have to face in the playoffs.
Even so if we have the best D-Line in the league, when your getting out numbered six to four or seven to four, WRs are going to burn our secondary all day long with the extra time. Teams with big play threats and good passing attacks like arizona, philadelphia, new orleans, and dallas who we will most likely see in the playoffs will torch our corners. We need to apply quick pressure to these teams and be the physical team we are on the line with the recievers and tight ends.
I disagree with you here a bit. I think blitzing is the key to success, but not more of it. I think they need to pick the right time to blitz and they need to disguise it better.
Blitz more guys who can come at the quarterback freely or reduce the pressure on J.A. and K.W. allowing them to use one move on a lineman and get after the quarterback.
Rationale, again goes back to the scheme. When you take a LB or a S out of the pass cover, you open a whole in the zones that someone has to cover in addition to his normal zone.
In short, blitzing in a Cover 2 is a bad thing, as we saw in the Bores game.
Truth be told, if they are going to keep a TE or a RB or both in to help, it should help our DB's as that in turn limits how many recievers are in thier zones.
You know that with J.A. there is going to be a RB and TE helping to block or chip him. Start bringing guys from Ray Edwards side, these guys are going to come in untouched forcing teams to anticipate blitzes on future plays from either side. Blitzing and disguising plays is something we need to do in the playoffs to shut out these big teams. I wanted to know what you guys think of my opinion and whether you agree or not.
Do they get to the QB quickly if chipped? Premier DE's do, not sure why JA can't.
Again, a excellent post and a great idea for a thread. I hope we get some good discussions going.
Feel free to express yourselves.