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Old 10-12-2009   #1
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Default 2nd Half Defense - What made the Difference?

After the Cards roll up 297 total yards, 21 points, 18 first downs, and Warner going 20-23 in the 1st half, they can only manage just about the exact opposite in the 2nd half. Zero points, only 43 yards total offense just ONE 1st down, Warner 6-15 for 40 yards, all 5 possesions ended in punts with 4 of those possessions being 3 & outs.

What did it? How did the Texans D put up those kind of DOMINATING numbers in the 2nd half?
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Default Re: 2nd Half Defense - What made the Difference?

The DL started pressuring Kurt consistently and we had some tremendous individual efforts in the secondary on 3rd downs. In particular Dunta and Reeves knocking the ball out of the hands of the Cardinals top 2 WRs.

I'm sure part of it can be chalked up to the Cardinals offense falling asleep at the wheel and kind of coasting then not being able to turn it back on when we got ourselves back in the game.

Makes you wonder what the Cardinals could've done had Schaub just thrown it away instead of the pick 6. Would the Cards have driven down the field and scored? Or would we have gotten the ball back and finished them off?

Very impressive flash from the defense, now we need to get consistent everywhere and play complete games the rest of this season!!!
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Default Re: 2nd Half Defense - What made the Difference?

Execution was the difference. Everyone makes everyone else's job easier. When the DB's cover there's more time to get to the QB and vice versa.
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Default Re: 2nd Half Defense - What made the Difference?

I haven't paid close attention to the D, but I would say better pressure up the middle (where I said - before the game - would be the key to stopping the Cards.)
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I haven't paid close attention to the D, but I would say better pressure up the middle (where I said - before the game - would be the key to stopping the Cards.)
When you rewatch it look for the Texans playing more man to man than zone. I think HOU-TEX brought that up earler today.
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Default Re: 2nd Half Defense - What made the Difference?

Jacques Reeves was borderline shut down caliber in the 2nd half, I was very impressed. I don't even mind that PI penalty he had because that call could go either way and if he doesn't play it like that its almost a guarantee that Boldin makes the catch.
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Default Re: 2nd Half Defense - What made the Difference?

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Jacques Reeves was borderline shut down caliber in the 2nd half, I was very impressed. I don't even mind that PI penalty he had because that call could go either way and if he doesn't play it like that its almost a guarantee that Boldin makes the catch.
That was the play that Boldin likely would've had 6, right? I'll take a big penalty over big points any day.
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Default Re: 2nd Half Defense - What made the Difference?

lets just hope the switch went on permanently. amazed by the D in the 2nd half.
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Default Re: 2nd Half Defense - What made the Difference?

Why can't we get that kind of effort for an entire game? These guys are pro's making a ton of money. This D has shown flashes of greatness, but all too often it's too little, too late. Hopefully, we'll see that effort against a Bengals squad that's playing some pretty good football.
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Why can't we get that kind of effort for an entire game? These guys are pro's making a ton of money. This D has shown flashes of greatness, but all too often it's too little, too late. Hopefully, we'll see that effort against a Bengals squad that's playing some pretty good football.
Because we have 2 rookies, a safety signed two weeks ago starting on a defense that is brand new for everybody. It's improved and will continue to improve- particularly if our key players remain healthy. Reeves coming back and shakin off the rust was also a factor.

we got that kind of effort for an entire game last week.
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Default Re: 2nd Half Defense - What made the Difference?

For some reason in the first half, Bush decided that long looping stunts were the best way to get there effectively, giving Warner a crap load of time.

In the second half saw a lot more LB blitzes and pass rushing sans Dline games.
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Default Re: 2nd Half Defense - What made the Difference?

Jacues Reeves shook off the "first game of the year" anxiety and settled in. I've always though he took too much crap from fans and that he's a solid 2nd corner in this league. He and Pollard getting comfortable in this defense are what made the difference. I think we finally have the right combination to sport an NFL-caliber secondary. Not "great", but good enough to keep us in games. With a potent offense like we have, that's enough for now. We still need a premiere safety and another run-stuffing DT. And a better center and RT. We're THISCLOSE to an elite team.
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Because we have 2 rookies, a safety signed two weeks ago starting on a defense that is brand new for everybody. It's improved and will continue to improve- particularly if our key players remain healthy. Reeves coming back and shakin off the rust was also a factor.

we got that kind of effort for an entire game last week.
That's a BS copout of an answer. We started 2 rookies and a safety signed 2 weeks ago because the D sucked ball sacks before we started them. This team either doesn't have the leadership, players or coaches, or the heart to lay it all on the line for a full 60 minutes.
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Default Re: 2nd Half Defense - What made the Difference?

Something is wrong with the coaching. The blame could be put on the players I don't argue, but I still blame the generals, not the soldiers.
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Default Re: 2nd Half Defense - What made the Difference?

I would say because the Cards stopped attacking our weakness - throwing to the RB on screens and stuff to keep us honest. This may have been because they started throwing TDs to receivers and thought they could have their way with us, abandoning what was moving the ball for them.
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When you rewatch it look for the Texans playing more man to man than zone. I think HOU-TEX brought that up earler today.
I'm not a 100%, but I remember several times we're in a zone coverage in the first half getting our asses ripped. It seemed like their WRs were running routes right where the holes in the zone were.

I think there was a lot more man coverage in the 2nd half. IIRC, both of the plays Dunta and Reeves knocked the ball out of the WR's hands were man.
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I haven't paid close attention to the D, but I would say better pressure up the middle (where I said - before the game - would be the key to stopping the Cards.)
Combination of both: Straight-up-the-field pass rush by dline, AND man-to-man by the DBs.

This caused Warner to pay closer attention to the pocket, which was collapsing faster with a straight-up-the-field pass rush by dline, and it made him hesitate throwing the ball because WRs weren't altering their routes and finding empty holes in the field (because there was no longer a consistent zone look by our DBs, like we had int he 1st half).

He was hesitating, pulling the ball down and then trying to put it back up again, and it messed up the timing of both him AND his WRs.

Richard Smith's defensive playcalling would not have made the adjustment at half. Both Shanahan and Bush, IMO, made huge adjustments at half.

That's why I think this team is truly figuring things out. Now if we can just get to the point where we're making those adjustments during the game, and not during half!
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Jacues Reeves shook off the "first game of the year" anxiety and settled in. I've always though he took too much crap from fans and that he's a solid 2nd corner in this league. He and Pollard getting comfortable in this defense are what made the difference. I think we finally have the right combination to sport an NFL-caliber secondary. Not "great", but good enough to keep us in games. With a potent offense like we have, that's enough for now. We still need a premiere safety and another run-stuffing DT. And a better center and RT. We're THISCLOSE to an elite team.
Reeves made some great plays. So did Dunta. If they get rolling, with Quinn as nickle, we could be ok. Pollard looked good, IMO.
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Reeves made some great plays. So did Dunta. If they get rolling, with Quinn as nickle, we could be ok. Pollard looked good, IMO.
i agree, both guys made plays when they needed to. Neither is a #1 cb but they are both solid. Someone said it earlier, but i think we might've found the right combination in our secondary with Dunta, Reeves, Wilson & Pollard & as long as they stay healthy i think we can be serviceable back there for the rest of the season.
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Default Re: 2nd Half Defense - What made the Difference?

Dialing up the blitz. Bush started blitzing Ryans and Cushing up the middle, and Diles and Cushing off the edges. It made a world of difference.
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