Originally Posted by leebigeztx
Interesting you say that. I wrote a thread called the 3 layers of defense. I would argue lbs who can cover are just as important if not more than dbs in a sense. The lbs,both ilb and olb squeeze the windows on the qbs initial reads. That is one of the main reasons baltimore was able to not only deal with peyton but brady. Neither of these guys want to make a living throwing the ball downfield outside the numbers. Lewis even in his later years was still top notch reading windows. Closing or making those windows really tight make qbs come off that initial read and reset to go somewhere else. If you look a the best pass defenses,most if not all have really good cover lbs. Carolina has luke and davis,sf has bowman and will along with brooks. Seattle has kj wright and wagner. Middle field coverage is very,very important.
No denying that. You need LBs that can fill that window quickly. I think getting the jam at the LOS is the key though. Brady/Manning know their guy will be there so they're throwing the ball early and hot. Ideally you'd want a good jam AND a LB to fill that space. Sadly, we do neither.