Do you guys think we will get pressure up front with only our 3 d linemen or will we even get pressure with our 'nickel' package front 4? I am a little concerned about this because of New Orleans' pro bowl linemen. We wont be able to only send 3 all game because Brees will find the holes.
I think a scheme with 3 safeties on the field sometimes with one (Colin Jones #43) maybe shadowing Sproles. Im not too big on making drastic changes because our D is what got us here, but we really haven't seen so many weapons on the field either -- other than Philly. And their fastest player was the qb, and we honestly didn't have matchup problems with the tight end in that game like this possible upcoming game.
First, we need to bracket the Saints Tight End with a safety. He is their go to guy and leading receiver. Meacham doesn't scare me. Henderson is underrated but has had a quiet year. He could be the man if we double Sproles and Graham.
I think our best chances at a win are Aldon and Brooks holding the edge, Ray Mac and J. Smith on the interior, with Willis and Aldon getting to Brees. I want Bowman on the rb unless Sproles is on the field, then Bowman will shadow him out of the backfield. If we can have Whitner or Jones help on Sproles if he gets behind the lb, that would be good.
I really want Graham doubled with Goldson and Culliver. Brees will need time if he can't find his #1 and Sproles is locked down. I can see a few sacks from Aldon coming.
...Because Rogers I think can lock up Henderson, and Brown can run with Meacham. But he wont shut Meacham down.
For sure the X factor in this game WILL BE PATRICK WILLIS. How will he be used throughout? Hopefully some exotic stuff with him. Maybe a middle zone coverage with everyone else manning up. It will be fun watching Willis this game. He may win it for us with a Int or something we haven't seen too much of.