Originally posted by pasodoc9er:
Marvin, I didn't count the number of blitzes, nor the # of blitzers, but it seemed to occur early and often. What, in your mind, made Fangio blitz, when he rarely if ever blitzed against INDY or SEA(excepting the one stupid zero blitz on the goal line and the WR walked across the goal line)? I will later go back and count them, but my gosh were they ever effective. Think about it. We are missing Aldon and p-52 and Fangio blitzes, and our D looks all world. Why would he not consider blitzing when aldon and p-52 are on the field? I would love to hear your take on that.
Traimain Brock....agree he really looked steady, knocking down passes , plus tackling. I think your assessment of Nnamdi going to the bench is correct. Back up only. How could he have fallen so far?
Last question is why did we have to get down in such a tight spot for roman to run frank, and fangio to blitz? Maybe you got an idea, but I sure don't. One great thing that came out of this game is we got other guys sitting on the bench, or not getting passes that can play. Vance, and Baldwin are two, and traimain, stupar, and Wilhoit are others. I think there may have been another, but only in adversity does JH make changes or try new things. That is good that he did it, but bad that being desperate was what it took for him to look at other guys on the bench with real talent. Weird , no? It seemed like all the conservative stuff was put to bed ...something we desperately needed.
He doesn't blitz on every down because he doesn't need to. If they can get there without blitzing it makes alot more sense to keep those LBs in coverage.
Most other teams (and in particular teams with the QBs we played in the first few weeks) eat up the blitz. Blitzing them just opens up holes in the defense and the Rams just didn't have any answers.
The fact that Bowman was blitzing so often to me actually worries me. It means that Fangio ralizes they likely won't get there with 4 so is forced to create pressure in other ways.
I think Roman was trying to run the offense they had late last year. The problem is that they don't have that ioffense anymore. Crabtree, Moss, Vernon, and Walker were all huge contributors in teh stretch run.
NONE of those guys were on the field vs Indy.
They have kinda returned to basics now and I'd expect a slow build to something close to what we had late last year as key players start coming back from injury.
[ Edited by Marvin49 on Sep 27, 2013 at 2:25 PM ]