Originally Posted by Rey
Couldn't disagree with both of you more.
When wade goes to his packages to defend against the pass the OLB's drop down and just become regular ol' edge rushing DE's. The OLb's have very little to do with pass coverage other than providing pressure.
The reason we struggled against those teams is because 1) they have great QB's and it's not unusual for them to play well 2) our edge pass rush has not been all that good 3) we've had trouble covering in the middle area of the field
& again the bolded is part of the issue. He's hell bent on sending his OLB's to pressure the qb no matter what & you're not going to get away with that against competent qbs. You've got to play much more cautious and pick your spots b/c that ultra-agressiveness against spread type offenses/formations makes it hella easy for qb's to read the chain reaction..... especially if you run a ton of man coverage like we do.
You're right, we had issues covering in the middle of the field in those games...particularly in the NE games..However it was largely b/c the 2 guys that are most responsible for covering parts of the middle of the field (MLB, safety) were more often than not busy covering recieving threats 1 on 1 at the LOS or in the flats....voiding their normal area of coverage in the process and opening us up to big plays deep. That, or they were being put in terrible positions coverage wise when it might've made more sense for the play side OLB to take some of that coverage responsibility and drop back in a zone. At least then you don't get a Daryl Sharpton getting shaken out of his jock by a Wes Welker coming out of the backfield running a jerk route
But b/c he doesn't ask his OLB's to do much covering, someone has to pick up the slack.
Either way, Lots of the holes in Wade's defenses are created b/c he doesn't lean on his OLB's enough in coverage. I also doubt we'd run as much man as we do if he leaned more on his OLB's in coverage.