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Old 09-09-2008   #41
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At the heart of defense philosophy I believe is the addage not to give up the big play, hence the cushion.

I think that our coaches would prefer to die the death of a thousand cuts than be beheaded in one foul swoop.

The reason you don't see many people breaking on the ball and making picks I would suggest is a lack of talent and the aforementioned not wanting to give up the big play. The other factor is that the 2 x S rather than FS/SS approach also detracts from putting a true ball hawk back there.

I personally like bend don't break defense but we have got to stop the run and put some longer down/distance pressure on the passing game.
I think that's an accurate assessment. No big plays and maybe, during the course of a long drive, the offense will screw up. Well, Pittsburgh's offense didn't.

I believe a DB has to know the other team's tendencies (that means lots of study) and have the WR route tree down cold, in order to jump routes. Our starting CBs have neither the experience, the confidence, nor the coaching philosophy to gamble (remember, no big plays & sometimes when you gamble you miss).

A "ball hawk" has the instincts to know when and how to gamble. And we all know we don't have anyone like that at safety. Not yet.
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Old 09-09-2008   #42
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Let's bring back buddy ryan for dc - any takers?
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Old 09-09-2008   #43
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At the heart of defense philosophy I believe is the addage not to give up the big play, hence the cushion.

I think that our coaches would prefer to die the death of a thousand cuts than be beheaded in one foul swoop.

The reason you don't see many people breaking on the ball and making picks I would suggest is a lack of talent and the aforementioned not wanting to give up the big play. The other factor is that the 2 x S rather than FS/SS approach also detracts from putting a true ball hawk back there.

I personally like bend don't break defense but we have got to stop the run and put some longer down/distance pressure on the passing game.
Good post. I was going to mention the part in bold, as well. 35-3, which Richard Smith experienced, seems to have created coaches that gameplan around this exact mantra.

I think there is enough crap to go around for everyone on the team. Lots of manure to spread everywhere in the Texans flower bed after last Sunday.
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I think its called the "lee evans rule" or the "if D-rob can get burnt deep after our biggest comeback what hope do the rest of them have have?" rule

They way they played i considered a third down that did not yield a TD a sucessful third down. My prayer for the rest of the season is " for the love of all things holy, can they please make a stop on third down!! please God I dont ask for much... or do I?"
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I think our cushion on pass plays will work better when our run defense makes people have 3rd and long, not 3rd and short.

Run defense is at the heart of good defense period.
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And what is up with our blitzes?

When we line up to blitz, it is so obvious.

When we don't blitz, you can tell they are not going to blitz.

Disguise something. At least make them guess.
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And what is up with our blitzes?

When we line up to blitz, it is so obvious.

When we don't blitz, you can tell they are not going to blitz.

Disguise something. At least make them guess.
Except the one time they tried to disguise a blitz, our LB's started so far away from the LOS that their unathletic asses couldnt get any where near Big Ben. When we did blitz, Mario forced a fumble. I would rather have to watch a blown coverage here and there than watch people go 80 yards in 16 plays drive after drive.
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