The Texans need to make sure that they don't make the same silly, stupid mistakes that Vince Young opponents make. The Giants made it, the Colts made it and the USC Trojans made it. You cannot be afraid of your shadow and go into a shell. You ATTACK Vince Young and you ATTACK this offense. Sitting back and "spying" is just an idiotic concept and must be avoided at ALL COSTS! Why? 1.) You compromise the entire integrity of you defense when you spy. You are taking a defender off of a coverage responsibility, so you are opening up larger throwing lanes. Vince Young is NOT an accurate passer and needs room to throw. He can hit wide open receivers. You are doing him a favor when you lock someone on him and taking that guy out of coverage. 2.) Spying won't work anyway because you aren't going to catch him five yards deep. A spy is usually going to be a linebacker. Big deal... Vince breaks the pocket and now he is one-on-one with a linebacker in space. Advantage, offense. 3.) You are losing a potential rusher / blitzer to put pressure on the QB. No quarterback in the NFL operates at the highest of levels when they are pressured and you put people in their face. Young has constantly shown in both his college career and his pro career to throw balls up for grabs. He will chuck balls up for grabs. but if you don't put a clock on him and he can sit back there and find a place to run, you've got trouble. 4.) Just the very notion of incorporating a spy in the scheme changes you entire defense and the defensive philosophy. To paraphrase the immortal words of Dennis Green, "we are who we think we are!" You can't have an attacking defense that gets after people and then go into a shell and give in to people. Game Plan Overview: No one...and I do mean NO ONE has been able to run the football at Mario Williams for the past five or six weeks. The Raiders tried five times last week and went for four yards and two holding penalties. We build our rock and lay our foundation on Mario and go in with the philosophy that the Titans will not run the ball effectively to his side. Having established that, we are going to bring pressure packages from the other side with Greenwood and Orr and even Babin rotating in at the weakside linebacker position. The key is that we are bringing five and six EVERY PLAY while occassionally blowing seven and eight. The best look would be to have Mario working on the left tackle Michael Roos. This is Young's backside. So what you are creating are blitzes in Young's face from the outside in. This cuts off his favorite running lane which is running and scrambling to his right. For him to escape, he must go right and this is to his blindside and Mario Williams. Young is also not as quick going to his right, so this gives Williams the ability to keep Young to the inside easily as well. Although Faggins has struggled, I am comfortable manning him up against Brandon Jones, Dunta draws Bennett and locks him down. This will give us the ability to bring one and sometimes two safeties down to do a number of things. 1.) Robber coverage. One or both of the safeties read the QB's eyes and jump the routes. By bringing pressure, you can force a young QB to telegraph his throws...which Young does a lot anyway. They are free to roam and read his eyes and get a pick. 2.) Blitz. Bringing safeties up generally means they will be unaccounted for. Wil help in the run game to stuff run lanes as well as in the pass game providing pressure and getting Young out of any comfort zone. We must vary our fronts and coverages to keep him guessing. The bottom line missed in the defensive philosophies of those teams playing Young is that they have all had MAJOR success against him and the Titan offense. Where they have been hurt is at the end of the half, at the end of games and on third downs. Why? Because they go into a prevent mode and "play it safe". They get no pass rush whatsoever and enable Vince to run around and create. The FACT is he is creating something that ultimately is NOT there! Why spend 1st and 2nd down putting the Titans in a bad situation and then let the foot off of the proverbial throat by playing prevent and spying? Idiotic. Compress the pocket with the defensive tackles being very disciplined in their passing lanes, bring pressure frontside and vary your looks in the secondary to confuse him and put VY in a nice little bow just into for the Christmas turkey...or as is the case in Tennessee, the Christmas squirrel! Offensive Game Plan to come later tonight or early tomorrow. GO TEXANS! BEAT THE TITANS!