Originally posted by 49er4life:
In MM's blogs, he has stated that we have been blitzing heavily in practice, and yet we did not in the first preseason game. Wouldn't this lead you to believe that we might not be showing everything we got? Also blitz packages are generaly installed as apart of pre game planning for a specific oppenent and film study, two things that don't happen against most teams in preseason. You state that "We are NOT a dominant 3-4 or 4-6 defense", which is more reason why we do not need to throw everything at our opponents or give up our hand this early in the preseason.
I get where you are coming from, my friend. However, I disagree more with our team approach then I do with your philosophy. We are returning almost every starter from last year and pre-season is the time to try new schemes, blitz packages, etc. We saw the odd shuffling of d-linemen (e.g. Evans at NT) and various other formations that, if successful, we may include in the regular season. My contention is that we shouldn't be too concerned what the offense is doing during pre-season and we should be trying some of these blitz packages b/c truth be told, we haven't seen much from Manusky even DURING the season. Now he has a defense that is returning almost all it's starters so this is the time to open it up a little and get these guys prepared for real games. And technically, this is all a moot point b/c a 3-4 defense is designed to 1) Attack (e.g. blitz) and 2) Disguise where it's coming from. The problem with the first pre-season game is that the defense looked like it did last year (aside from the timley INT's). Singletary brought in a pass rush coach, promoted Manny/Haralson to FT OLB's, Manusky was given the green-light, etc.
Originally posted by 49er4life:
As for you comparison of a power running game to blitzing, it makes no sense. When it comes to our offense, teams know we are going to run the ball, and that it will most likely be between the tackles considering the type of runners we have. These are thing we can not hide, therefor need to show to be affective so that teams will fear the run and open up the passing game. Offense and defense require two completely different strategies, if you do not understand this any argument is a complete wast of time...
It makes perfect sense. When a defense employs a 3-4, the opposition should EXPECT that 1) Pressure is coming & 2) We just don't know where it will come from. So why play vanilla on defense and aggressive on offense. The offense isn't going to stop being a power running team and just focus on the pass all game. So why should the defense stop being a 3-4 and just play a soft prevent defense? That makes no sense at all.
Most teams know where the Chargers, Patriots & Steelers are going to blitz and how much. It doesn't mean an opposition can stop them. These teams are just as aggressive on defense as offense no matter what game it is. You just don't curb your identity b/c it's pre-season...you build on it and add new wrinkles.
The caveat in all of this is that no matter how vanilla Manusky called it, we did NOT beat anyone one-on-one and that was something Singletary was peeved about (much to Manusky's chagrin). Clearly, Mike was hoping to see something or expected something that did not take place. I'm sure Singletary game-plans with Manusky so when it doesn't show up on the field, even in pre-season, it's a problem.
A side note here is that given Mike Nolan's relationship with Singletary, I would not be too surprised to find out that Singletary asked Nolan to dial up a myriad of blitzes to help prepare the o-line. That said, perhaps we dialed it down some on offense while their offense worked on quick short/intermediate passes.
Either way, I am expecting a few wrinkles during the next pre-season game.