Originally posted by Psinex:
It will be interesting to see what happens when defenses don't allow Russell Wilson to bootleg and roll out of the pocket on every play. Remember Troy Smith? Out of the pocket, he looked like a superstar, took over for Alex for awhile. Trapped in the pocket? Different story. One play I would watch out for is the midget-to-midget pass from Wilson to Harvin. A lot of the non-midget defenders might have a hard time seeing the play develop underneath.
Some Hawks fans will contend that defenses saw enough of Wilson that they could have done that last year, but couldn't. I'm not so sure about that. I think defensive schemes are built in the off-season and during the season, only tweaking takes place. Now, Wilson is definitely on everyone's radar and he deserves to be, but that means teams will spend the off season figuring out how to do exactly what you suggested. Now, other fans will say that defenses will be doing exactly the same thing with Kaepernick, but what exactly is the strategy for a player like Kaepernick? I'm not sure you get the same bang for the buck confining him to the pocket that you would with Wilson. The other thing is that last season, Wilson was statistically as effective from the pocket, but I think that's because play-action allows him to get extra deep in the pocket. There are ways to scheme for that as well, but one thing is for sure - the Niners have simply got to stop the Seahawks running game.