On offense I think JH is going to give the Saints a heavy does of Gore, Hunter, and Dixon to control the game and minimize the opportunities for Brees to operate. Say what you will about our offense but we do go on 7, 8 minute drives a lot. That will keep him on the sidelines for as long as possible. Beat that D-line up pretty good. Also, look for Alex Smith to get out of the pocket more in the play-offs; do not be surprised to see Greg Roman and JH install naked boots 3 or 4 times for Alex, that will supplament the playaction. That will keep the Saints D honest and guessing. And I still think JH and company have been holding no huddle back so I expect to see it at some point in the playoffs. On defense I expect to see Aldon Smith A LOT more. Watch for us to run a lot of nickle. We have one of the best - if not the best - nickle D in the league. Becase our LB's can cover well, and Aldon and Brooks rushing, we take away a lot of what teams want to do deep
in the passing game (the Saints live
on consistant chunks of yards). If we impose our will on the Saints d-line their offense will be swimming against the tide against our D. But the key will be Brooks and Aldon. The Saints wont be able to double both. If the do
(i.e double Aldon and
Brooks via T w/RB) that will make coverage even easier. But I expect the Saints to actually force the issue, especially if our run game eats up a lot of clock. Finally, I expect to see some exotic blitzs used, but strategically.
[ Edited by 9ersLiferInChicago on Jan 4, 2012 at 9:41 AM ]