Originally posted by brodiebluebanaszak:
JD, you have analyzed 2 of the 9 incompletions Matt Ryan threw during the game. How did the pass rush do on some of his 37 completions? When an offense keeps in 6-8 blockers per play, you would imagine that our 7 pass defenders would be able to shut down the 2-4 available receivers. With no spy on Ryan.
But, this did not happen consistently. Would rushing 5+ have helped the overall efficiency of our pass d? Would changing rush looks have helped?
not counting the 5 completions Ryan had in the last minute of the game(don't really count to me)
Of his 32 completions, 16-17 of those were passes that were thrown in about 2-2.5 seconds. Some even less. You can't really expect a pass rush to get there in that amount of time. ATL, because of the pressure I showed on those incompletions, started using a lot of short, quick passes to slow down the rush. On his other completions, twice he escaped the pocket, they ran play action to slow the pass rush down with 6-7 men blocking, Ryan made some pinpoint throws into tight coverage just as the rush was getting there and there were just a handful of plays where we were just beat.
There were a lot of things going on there. Yes, Ryan had a lot of completions, but, he also had a lot of completions on 3rd down when they didn't convert. Just because we gave up some completions isn't a bad thing in and of itself. If you look at the play by play review, there's a lot of "Ryan passes short" kind of things. In the end, it was two bad calls that gave ATL two of their TD's against us.
We did rush 5 quite a few times, as well as trying different stunts. However, when the opposing team is running a lot of short, quick patterns, blitzing or stunting doesn't help too much because they take longer than 2 seconds to get there. The best defense is usually coverage. We won on the Bowman interception, but that's not something you want to do that often. It was a great call at the right time. But you can't do that all game.
[ Edited by jonnydel on Dec 26, 2013 at 5:39 PM ]