Originally posted by NCommand:
Does anyone else have some major concerns about our defense going into Seattle?
Garrard threw for over 300 yards that was esp. successful in a hurry-up. Manusky went to a prevent at the end of the first and gave momentum to the Jags (his propensity) and it carried over in the 2nd half. They had two missed field goals and if not for a couple of clutch sacks, we lose this game. Period. Roman & Brown are still on the field WAY too much. Spencer has fallen off a bit and we have Bly starting now. Our two safeties are TERRIBLE in coverage as are Willis/Spikes in the middle of the field. TE's own us as do below average WR's in that zone. Brooks should add a little extra pass rush but it's still not there from the OLB's. In fact, only Willis right now is a consistent pass rusher and he's rarely used. We rely mostly on the d-line & safeties/CB blitzes to generate any pressure. We're good against the run except against speedy backs who OWN the edge (I'm talking to you Manny/Haralson)! Screen passes still own us and when we tackle, I still don't see team defensive tackling...maybe, one or two guys typically around the ball carrier. We give up a lot of RAC as well.
Should we just ignore these?
These are my concerns but it's encouraging that the offense is starting to carry the D.
I do. Bottom line, the secondary is s**t right now. I'm not happy about them at all. Last time we played Seattle (and Zona) we had great secondary play. That fed the front 7, and the front 7 was able to feed the secondary. They were able to play off each other. This time, we are going to need to bring much more pass rushing pressure from the front 7, because the secondary is just not up to the task, period, IMHO. I'm not confident we are going to be able to do that, without making us overly vulnerable somewhere else.
Seattle is not a good team at all, but I have no doubt they have the ability to chuck the rock on us big time. Hass, is due for a good game, and he's still got it in him. I believe we have the ability to shut their run game down. I also think Seattle doesn't have the ability to grind out an offensive game plan of steady small chunks and a gazillion first downs to win. I think they are going to need to a big play or two on offense in addition to a steady grind, to come out with the win. If it was me running the show, in order of priority....
1)I would game plan to shut that run down first and foremost. We can do that, I don't doubt it. So we go do it 1st, because it is our strongest asset and the Hawks have been running successfully as of late as well.
2) No deep s**t. No middle deep s**t. No Carlson in the seam up the middle deep. Nobody gets behind the d, keep it all in front at all costs. We can do this too, IMHO.
3) Attempt to limit damage from the screen, underneath s**t (emphasize screen awareness, assignment discipline, getting to the ball in number's quickly, and solid tackling), we need to play aggressive in this area..and that should be enough to stop them from turning a small gain into a big one. This is where the rubber is going to hit the road, if we can do the above other two and we stop the small s**t from turning big, we are probably going to give up points, but I don't think it will be enough points for them to win, IF we accomplish number 4, below:
4) Put it on the offenses back....don't abandon feeding the ball to Gore up the gut, give him a steady diet...and that should be enough to open the pass quite well against a poor Seattle pass defense. Seattle will be game planning to stop Gore up the gut first and foremost no matter what it is we are actually doing. They are going to honor plugging up the interior first and foremost. They are going to be putting lots off energy into not letting Gore burn them up the gut. If they don't, they will get burned, if they do..they will be stacking box, with some safety help, just like the last time we played, and that should be enough for us to put enough points on the board through the air to win.
My hunch is, the zone will be going nuts about Raye running the ball up the gut come gameday, but I think it is the best way to attack Seattle....and it should be enough to set up everything else for the win.
[ Edited by Blitz on Dec 5, 2009 at 09:42:49 ]