They need to jam, keep safeties closer but with proper pursuit (immediate impact) angles, because Brees isn’t going to throw deep. Bucs just need to attack the line of scrim, have the defenders in better pursuit angles but closer to limit YAC which is what the Saints rely on (direct limitation because Brees has a bullshit arm and a Griese brain), and maybe send the occasional 5 man blitz to increase pressure as a result of potential good coverage. Corners have to jam and take the inside routes, while the safeties have to shade that concept but remember the screens.
Saints will throw screen and pull a platoon to either side. Bucs have to diagnose the guards slamming to the left or right, and hit those screen gaps with quickness and end their silly, basic concept offense.
The time is now. If I can figure it out, Bowles better.
Brees has a shitty arm. He cannot be enraged to suddenly have a deep ball arm. Safeties up. Flared wide. Corners up, cover inside hard. Let the linebackers speed and eyes cover the tight ends.
Saints O-line is too good. They’re going to have to mix it up. Unfortunately we’ll probably blow some coverages to go with that, but if we can hit Brees, that’s our best chance. Kill the head. That’s what the Saints’ll be trying to do too.
I am not expecting Barrett or JPP to put much pressure on Brees. Armstead and Ramcyzk are incredible pass blockers.
I want to see EDGE stunts and overload blitzes, I want to see Devin greendog A LOT, I want to see some corner/safety blitzes.
We need to play press man and jam Michael Thomas. Why did we draft these big fast corners if we’re gonna play soft zone all the time? Take away the quick slants, get pressure in Brees’ face and force him to beat us deep.
All Brees wants to do is stay is get into 2nd and medium, he’ll take the 3-5 yard completion on first down cuz it opens up the playbook, allowing Hill to come in, allowing reverses and screens to Kamara, draw plays.. play aggressive on 1st down!
All I know is this is the deepest Tampa has been in the playoffs since 02, it’s do or die time. Send Brees to the retirement home fresh off a loss to our beloved “pewter pirates”. Blitz, stunt, jam, and have a defensive meeting at the QB after the snap! I’m gunning for the S.B., but sending Brees, and the lemon sucker (Payton) home losers is good solace if we don’t make it all the way to the big dance. Leave it all on the field.
The Bucs should put 5-6-7 on the line and send 5 on most plays, let Brees worry about where that 5th is coming from. Rushing 4 won’t work, not enough to pressure Brees. Mix it up. Confuse him. Get in his face. Press the WRs at the line, don’t let them run those short routes without some initial contact.
And Brees gets rid of the ball too fast. Drew Brees is third lowest in the NFL in percentage of pass pressures at 14% behind only . He’s been sacked 13 times in 16 games. He had 15 hurries, again less than one per game.
Wouldn’t it be foolish to think that we can get to Brees when he went through the whole season with 13 sacks and 15 hurries? If we are going to slow down the Saints, its probably not going to be by getting sacks and pressures.
Brees is an intelligent and effective QB who knows how to take what the defense gives him. If you annualize his stats this year (missed 4.5 games), he’d have roughly 4,000 yards, 32 TDs, 8 Ints, and a 71% completion percentage.
Sure, he benefits from a great OL and strong running game, but most NFL QBs would not be as effective as him within the Saints offense. He’s not as good as he was, but he’s still above average.
Like all QBs, he’d struggle with pressure (especially in his face), so I hope we bring a lot of heat up the middle.
[quote quote=1347770]He’s been sacked 13 times in 16 games. He had 15 hurries, again less than one per game.[/quote]
Brees didn’t even play 16 games, so he would have had more sacks. At least one per game.
While Brees can definitely beat the blitz and has the smarts to find the holes behind it, he has proven time and again, like all the great ones, if given a clean pocket, he will beat you.
I don’t think we can blitz every play, but we have to bring pressure with 5 sometimes or even 6 on occaision. Especially getting D. White coming and occasionally LVD. with a few shots from SMB. Winfield.