Originally posted by Lunchwagon:
One of the other reasons we dont see alot of screens, is that the defensive backs are not threatened with deep threats. So in obvious pass rush situations, they are currently pressing hard on our receivers and jumping routes. This means they are never real far from the line of scrimmage. So even if we get a pass completed to a back, the dbs, and non rushing lbs, are coming in and blowing it up. Until you have the ability to strike on long plays in one-on-one coverage against the blitz, you will not be a good screen team. This is my observaton anyway.
I think your observation has merit indeed. Thursday's game is gonna be interesting.. as the Hawks will likely do a ton of what you are talking about. Gonna be disappointing if we don't take some deep shots to counter the CB jams they will try. We better hope the refs are looking out and inclined to throw the P.I. flag. If they are, then expect the Hawks to get lots of penalties. Screens can also get your QB killed, if the OL don't block and release properly. Add in the WR screens, and we actually have probably used screens about 7-10 times all year so far.. mixed results, but nothing that has resulted in big gains.
Originally posted by dj43:
Ask Roman. Good passing teams like NO use it as a staple. It forces defenses to slow down their rush and allows Brees more time to find targets the rest of the time.
Definitely. I laugh when idiots still try and call our QB a checkdown artist. Brees targets his RBs more than any other QB on screen passes... and they are damn good at it.