Originally posted by pasodoc9er:
Hey ,Command, nice post, as usual , plus liked your thots on what we learned from Balt loss and what we can do to improve/fix it. Concerning fangio, he literally gave balt the 6-10 yd space, and conceded all those passes. Still and all , it is Coach Harbaugh's team, and i suspect he has to sign off on it. If it works, fine, but in Balt game it was impossible to miss we got killed on that loose "coverage"...or non coverage if you wish. As for aldon, I know they have reasons for not playing him earlier, but the kid is getting it and will only get better sooner the more he is out there. So we have 4 guys with their hand in the dirt. So what? I think now it is a mistake not to get him as many snaps as possible, and would prefer to have him out there every snap. I know he is not a coverage guy, but when he had to , i actually think he did well. He is so fast that it seems goofy not to have him in every play.
Hey pas! Yeah, Fangio seems very fearful of the deep/big plays which is understandable in this league (e.g. PI's, getting beat for TD's, etc.). He seems to be overly concerned about speed as we've seen the secondary beat deep. I'm guessing he is asking his corners to respect speed b/c we don't have any back there? In recent weeks I've seen Rogers beat just as often as Brown and Whitner and Goldson. The goal seems to be to keep everything in front of us and tighten up in the redzone which, as we saw, lead to LONG, time-killing drives against the Ravens and a very clean jersey for Flacco.
That said, the best way to keep a QB from going deep is sacking his ass and providing constant pressure (see, Alex Smith). No matter how talented of pass rushers you have, you still need to employ exotic schemes, esp. TEAM schemes. We saw this was the Ravens, overloading sides, bringing safeties and CB pressure, pressure from the DL and LBers, moving OLB's around, on and off the line, etc.
Until we employ and similar mindset, paying straight up like this is wearing our starters out esp. guys such as Justin Smith and Ahmad Brooks who take every snap and generally garner double-blockers. Playing straight up is fine if we are winning the individual battles. But now, this late in the season, an attack-style focus from the whole TEAM needs to creep into the game plans, dictating, playing tighter up at the LOS and more physical, overloading sides, moving guys around, etc. Its safe to say we have the BASE defense down pat.
And just like offense, it's time to evolve and morph into the next level. Do we NEED to right now given the state of the playoffs? Probably not...should we start seeing more wrinkles in preparation for the playoffs? I sure hope so b/c if not, teams certainly have the recipe for success against us, IMHO.
Regarding Aldon, I would think we'll see more and more of him once we clinch the division. It's not like there is a huge drop off in the run game with him in there over Haralson and lets be real, Haralson has only 2 sacks in game one; forced a cople fumbles but lets see what our #1 draft pick has and can handle.