Originally posted by BigTrez:
Not sure if this has been discussed or not, but why do we struggle against smash mouth teams. We play teams like New Orleans, Green Bay and New England and handle them. We play smash mouth teams like Vikings, Seattle, Stl, Giants and Ravens and lose. Are we just not that good against good defenses? Or can we not handle our own medicine. I find this interesting because our front 7 is supposed to be the strength of our team and secondary was supposed to be the weakness. No disrespect to Rogers but if RGIII is healthy i fear i the skins more than the Packers for this reason. Any thoughts in why this occurs?
I've been noting this one for a while as well. It's the biggest reason why I wanted to keep Lamar Divens. He seemed like the only true 2-gap NT we had and the area we have always struggled with is against power running teams and in short yardage and goal line situations (up the gut and t the left side of the OL). When we do play these bigger OL's and power backs, I'd almost prefer playing a 4-man DL with some serious beef in the middle. Our NT's for years have been 1-gap NT's which is ideal against passing teams but not against power running teams. And it always starts with the NT. Also, I've noticed that both Smith's are great if they are pushing up field and attacking but if you run right at them with bodies, they are way less effective (and teams run to that side far more than on McDonald/Brooks' side). Worse off, if a team can establish the run such as Seattle, now Wilson can play hs game; play-action, scramble ad-lib all day long. Running at us also neutalizes the pass rush which is our strength (against passing teams).
So to me, we need serious beef and push in the middle while going to a 4-man DL. This will free up the LB's to chase down the RB and still allow us to pass rush on the edge.
[ Edited by NCommand on Sep 4, 2013 at 6:56 AM ]