Originally Posted by Mr teX
Wade's schemes live and die by the blitz & it's highly probable that if we don't blitz, we get the ball run down our throat; This is b'c our d-line doesn't have that traditional 3-4 Gilbert Brown-esque plug in the middle This is pretty much what the Colts and Vikes did to us in stretches and the Pats did at times with Ridley in the playoffs.
If you watched us all year, our run stopping ability primarily consisted of Watt defeating his guy fast and damn near laying out to get the guy at the LOS (b/c they were running away from him) or blowing the play up enough to where the others could react to minimize the gain...rare if ever it was anyone else doing that.
Having worthless Lb's was only exposed when teams spread us out and put those guys in coverage and Watt's impact was minimized.
I'm glad someone brought this up. Since wade doesn't have that williams or ted washington type of nt,he run blitz a lot to fill the hole. Cody nor mitchell is stout enough to push the pocket or force double teams inside. So wade slant the front and basically create a 1 gap defense like the old bucs. If he had that dude, he wouldn't slant the front and would allow the front 3 to stay standard more. That's why I think john jenkins or georgia and chase thomas in the 2nd and 3rd rd would be golden.
Jenkins is the big,stout nt who actually has good movement and has a power strike against guards and centers. Chase thomas from stanford is similar to cushing. He's probably not as atheltic,but he's super smart,plays hard,and was a pass rusher. Put him inside as the force player next to cushing and now the inside triangle of jenkins-thomas-cushing is hard to penetrate. It also gives wade more blitz options.