Originally posted by TheRatMan13:
Once again, we see things on TV that are so glaring, but he does not call them. Against Carolina, they were begging to give up some big plays with a screen play. Now, against the Saints, they were begging to give up the play action pass out of I-form. He just does not recognize these things, and does not capitalize.
I will give credit where it is due. He called a few more plays to get Kap moving on the edge, and they seemed to work. The problem is that he does not stick with these things, and he continuously resorts back to old plays that do not work. See jumbo packages and read option plays.
Spot on. Here is the difference between a good DC and a poor OC. Iupati gets hurts and in the critical drive from the 20 (to get in FG position with over 2 minutes to go), their DC calls a blitz right where Iupati would have been resulting in a 9 yard loss. Brilliant. Denver is facing KC and game plans to target the youngest and newest CB on the team in Marcus Cooper (won more than lost). Brilliant. Goldson knocks out Brown in the NFC Championship game, Eli immediately goes after Brock for a TD.
Roman? We try a deeper pass with Baldwin (s/h been a P.I.) and the Saints CB blows out his knee. Do we target his replacement one time after that? You already highlighted how real teams counter the blitz, or stacking the box and run blitzing, etc. And I don't want to hear any crap about personnel or the QB's indecisiveness or confidence. Even in this basic college offense, Roman can scheme an AR each time to counter what the defenses are CLEARLY doing.
Like one poster said, if a casual fan can sit on his couch with a beer and easily predict not only whether it will be a run or pass by formation alone but to WHERE we are going with the ball with 80-90% accuracy, then how easy is it for professional DC's to figure out. We have seen all year defensive players (with the dot's on their helmet) call out audibles once they see our formations.
And sadly, this is as good as it gets. We "may" win a game against a team with a winning record at the time we play them but most likely not. This isn't dismissing the culture we have of self-destructing in every facet of a big game esp. at critical times. But this thread is on Roman and HaRoMan's offensive philsophy so let's stick to the topic here.