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So is this defensive scheme flawed then?
Now I'm not going to pretend that I am an expert at the x and os of the game since I never played past junior high. I was a 6" string bean in high school. But I've read some post from several posters who I respect that this defense isn't designed for the front four to generate a lot of pressure. More of a contain the gaps up front and let the back 7 make plays and utilize blitzes. Well wouldn't a back 8 be better than a back 7 then? With a couple of different moves I think we could have converted. Give us a big ass NT, move McCoy to DE and maybe draft more of a pass rushing LB and we would pretty much be there. Just seems to me what Schiano wants to do goes against the grain of what all other NFL teams are doing.
Quote from: Skull and Bones on May 08, 2013, 11:54:32 AMSo is this defensive scheme flawed then?yes and no. The scheme was flawed last year because they didn't have the guys to run it and it requires a huge commitment to the run leaving the secondary exposed. If theres not quick pressure, it breaks down quickly if you don't have great coverage guys. Add in the play calling was very questionable at times, it made it even worse. Selling out against the run and playing not to lose with a lead in soft coverage a single high Ss will get you the results we saw last year. #1 run and #32 pass Ds. The only way they can continue to run this scheme with positive results is to have guys like Revis and Goldson. Even then, its puts a big strain on the secondary if the pressure isn't there. Especially when your blitzing LBs on top of the front 4 and Schiano did a good amount of that too. I think Schiano needs to adjust his scheme some, but I also think Revis and Goldson allow him to run it more to what they ran last year and have a lot more success. How much that improves is going to largely lie in the hands of the pass rush and situational play calling. It allows them to keep the aggressive defense and they shouldn't be getting torched anymore. Last year they were aggressive, but didn't have anyone on the backend who could make it work effectively. On paper it looks like they will still be able to be aggressive with much more success.The only thing then would be the situational play calling and that's all on the staff. They had a quite few points last year where they got too aggressive or too conservative and it cost them games. There were tons of small things like that. I remember a few games where they were so commited to the run, that it would be run, run, pass on 3rd and 7+. Freeman would throw 1 pass every 6-7 minutes. Run commitment is fine but you have to get your QB in some sort of rhythm. There were times when Martin was struggling and getting tons of carries and never spelled him even for just a few snaps to reduce his wear and see if someone else could get something going. On defense there were games where the opposing team drove down the field because the were in sift zones and the there were games where they blitzed ineffectively with sing high Ss leaving every defender on an island to be burned.Hopefully they have learned from these situations, but they had several chances last year so Im still a little worried. A years worth of tape and playcalling should hopefully improve this area. im not surprised either as it was Schianos first year in the NFL and he came in with questionable game management. This is one of my only worries this staff.
I think that was the direction Raheem envisioned, but we never had the right personnel to come close to making it work...