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Old 01-08-2013   #61
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Defensive keys:

* Punch them in the mouth up front. Bury Brady every chance you get. If he hands off and fakes a rollout; hit him then too.
* Get pressure. I really don't care how.
* No missed tackles. Swarm tackling.
* Knock the crap out of their slot receivers. No free releases. Disrupt the timing on those 3-step drop patterns.
* Mix up coverages.
* Brooks Reed, Cody containing their running game.
* Great safety play.
* JJ Watt doing another Forrest Whittaker from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" impersonation. Yes, release the Kraken!

Offensive keys:

* Punch them in the mouth up front. Brandon Brooks, your time is now!
* Establish the pass to get Schaub's confidence up. We can do quick-hitters too. Hit Posey and K-Mart on those. Put those young legs to use!
* Work over the Patriots LBs with the tight ends and James Casey. Nothing that takes forever to develop though. TE screens would be good.
* Spread the ball around. Don't over focus on Andre. I just said that.
* Arian Foster continuing to play like he owns the playoffs. Might be nice to share some carries with Tate, though.
Pretty much agree with the bolded comments.
On that last one, I'm for using Forsett over Tate unless we get the lead. Forsett's quicker and more elusive.

We can't start burning clock until mid 4th qtr. The Niner game showed me you can take your foot off Brady's neck too early. Score like our BCS standing depended on winning big.

While I'm on the subject of scoring, when we have the ball inside their ten, certainly inside their five, that's four-down territory.
...UNLESS that FG gives us a two-possession lead.
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We still played a lot of man coverage though and that's what Brady eats up. 76 is good at finding film on games so maybe he can find the 2010 season divisional matchup with the Pats and Jets. Rex went against everything he believes in in that game and did not blitz hardly any and played zone a good majority of the time which he doesn't do often. Just saying I wouldn't be surprised if we went with a similar strategy.

I will say though that Shaun Ellis played the game of his life that game. He was able to get pressure on Brady even when they were only rushing 3. One of the best performances I've seen from a 3-4 DE in a playoff game in a long time.
Correct but at that time the Pat's had no running game to fall back on. They have a pretty good one now.
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As much as you THINK we need to run it down their throats, we need to actually pass, and pass a lot to our tes and casey. They are 6th overall in rush yards per game, and like 9th in rush tds given up. They are VERY stout vs the run.

Against the pass, they are 4th WORSE in yards per game. They are right around 10th WORSE in tds given up through the air. Their secondary is not good and we need to exploit that. But in order to do this, we need creativity. Get OD, Graham and Casey in space, use Arian like we have in past years, throw screens, both rb and wr screens. Run draws, NOT ON 3RD AND LONG, but on 1st and 2nd downs. Don't abandon the run, but don't be scared to throw it.

Schaub has to bring his best game in order to win the next few games. He needs to play like against Denver, great PA fakes and nice accurate throws. This will allow us to win.

Defensively, stop the run early and don't let it become a problem with PA later. We need to be able to focus on stopping the pass and it starts with stopping the run.
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Correct but at that time the Pat's had no running game to fall back on. They have a pretty good one now.
And thats ok. Reed should be a welcome addition here. The whole key is to not give up the big plays. They are going to score, and we will have to match them... But the longer the drives for each team the better. DO NOT bite on the damn play action! Leave the front 7 to handle the running game... DO NOT bite on the play fake no matter what!!!
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Get the ball to Foster via running or passing.
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Correct but at that time the Pat's had no running game to fall back on. They have a pretty good one now.
That has nothing to do with how we rush Brady this game. In 2010 they used Woodhead quite a bit and he was effective running and receiving. They're much more dynamic now, but the same strategy can be used regardless of how much improved the running game is now.
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