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Old 09-29-2004   #24
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Originally Posted by Fiddy
The Texans. For the first three quarters of the first 3 games the Texans have brought 3 and dropped 8 because they were preventing Holmes and LT from getting into pass coverage but gave up 4-5 yards a carry....
You need to go back and watch those games again because the Texans were not dropping 8 on running plays. Sure if Holmes or LT came out they put someone on him, but that isn't what your original assertion was--that teams drop 7 or 8 guys back rather than leaving at least the normal seven men in the box just (which by the way is not in itself called stacking the line it is base D) to stop long runs by elite RB's--that simply isn't true.

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And reasons that you stack the line against last years Ravens', KC, Miami, Denver:...
Is because they had the elite RB's you said people should not be stacking against. Obviously where a team has no passing threat it makes the decision to stack easier. By the way, KC had over 4000 yds of passing last year--if people weren't scared of their nobody receivers they should have been cause they got burned enough.

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When the Lions stacked the line against the Texans, did Davis still get his 4 yards a carry????
Yeah as a matter of fact early in the game he did. DD's runs in the 1st series--5, 6, 5, 8, 5. Then he got fumbilitis and his play went down hill.

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Until Davis can bust out long runs, teams will continue to blitz...
Stacking the line and blitzing are not synonymous by the way.

To end this debate, I point you to a RB that was never known for his speed or for busting off long runs. Nonetheless he was the focus of an offense and teams commonly had stopping him as their primary game plan, which they did by at least keeping 7 men in the box, and by the way his team had a future hall of fame QB and WR as a threat as well--he also happens to have run for more yards than any other RB--Emmitt Smith.
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