Mods, you can merge with the Troy Smith Trolley, I suppose, but maybe this thread can stand separately as a specific discussion of how opposing D's will try to neutralize Troy Smith and force us into the same predictable run, run, up the middle, pass, punt offense we all know and love. Opposing D's now have two games worth of film to get a good look at him.
Just off the top of my head:
Opposing D-linemen will make specific efforts to jump and try to block his passes instead of straight rushes all the time. If they manage to deflect 2-4 passes, one can be a backbreaker pick 6.
Deeper coverages along with outside LBs keeping him in the middle of the field. Force him to throw short-intermediate passes towards the middle where his passing lines become more obstructed.
Heavy blitzing because he holds the ball too long sometimes and his run of good luck will eventually run out and he starts to puts balls on the ground.
I'm no speculative chair-bound whiz on Defense so anybody with more exotic/creative ways out there?
You know it is coming, especially with Tampa which still has the DNA of a great defense. So we can blindly go with the hubris that Troy Smith will keep on piling up good numbers or acknowledge that opposing defenses will react to him and he'll come back to the middle of the pack, if not worse.
[ Edited by Bluefalcon61 on Nov 16, 2010 at 07:38:01 ]