Originally posted by jonnydel:
Originally posted by brodiebluebanaszak:
At the end of last season, Bucs Cards and Falcons all came back on us in the 2nd half with consistent short passing drives. I don't know about press vs cushion, but you must generate heat on the qb when the other team starts to generate momentum. I think that's a piece that's not always there with our D playcalling. Seems to lack that nose for the game situation. We don't necessarily read when things are slipping away from us and react proportionately, urgently.
But you also have to have players that can play a press man effectively. Whenever I saw us in press man last year on the game film it didn't help defeat the short routes any better than the off coverage. In some cases it was less effective. I think sometimes as fans we think of press coverage as a short route beating technique. The purpose of press coverage isn't to defeat short routes, it's to disrupt the timing of a qb and receiver on 3,5, or 7 step drops as many routes and throws are predicated on the timing of the drop and the throw.
Both techniques have their uses and times to use. Also, through watching the film, you can't put all the blame on Fangio for those teams coming back. I watched the film and the drives you're referring to. In each of those drives Fangio used a LOT of different defenses to try and stop the opposing team. He used cover 1 with a blitz, cover-0 cover3 cover 2 man, cover 2 zone, cover 4 and sometimes press and off coverage and it seemed like the common denominator wasn't the coverage it was consistent poor execution.
Great points by you both...better thread/topic/discussion all around!