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according to Pat Yasinskas blog the falcon only blitzed 22.32 % of the defensive snaps ... with our weak secondary I think bringing the pressure would be more effective than just playing soft and dropping guys in coverage..... by the way other teams blitzed as the following

Saints 45.67 percent

Jets (62.60 percent)

Bears (47.46)

Bucs 30 percent

Panther 19.39 percent

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according to Pat Yasinskas blog the falcon only blitzed 22.32 % of the defensive snaps ... with our weak secondary I think bringing the pressure would be more effective than just playing soft and dropping guys in coverage..... by the way other teams blitzed as the following

Saints 45.67 percent

Jets (62.60 percent)

Bears (47.46)

Bucs 30 percent

Panther 19.39 percent

any stats on how many times our blitzes are effective? (sacks, INTS, etc.)

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Our corners are still mostly young and not fit to be put on an island against the likes of Randy Moss and Steve Smith.

Not every team has a Randy Moss or a Steve Smith...Plus if you blitz and mess up the timing it wont matter anyway....its best to try and see what happens dont you think?

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Not every team has a Randy Moss or a Steve Smith...Plus if you blitz and mess up the timing it wont matter anyway....its best to try and see what happens dont you think?

Right, but the last 2 teams did, didn't they? It kind of renders your point moot because one poorly executed blitz could equal 7 points with those kind of WR's on the field. This isn't Madden and BVG knows what he is doing.

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Not every team has a Randy Moss or a Steve Smith...Plus if you blitz and mess up the timing it wont matter anyway....its best to try and see what happens dont you think?

there's a lot of times where you can blitz and you don't mess up a qb's timing. how many times did we see ryan blitzed last year? he didn't make very many bad decisions.

and we did try it and we saw the results. anybody remember the chargers preseason game? everyone was calling for BVG not to blitz anymore. now that we're not blitzing everyone wants us TO blitz.

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Thanks Boss. It appears as though so many of our fans have little understanding of how personnel works into what we do on both sides of the football. They think just because a few teams do it well, and because we can't generate a pass rush with our front 4, blitzing more often must be an answer. If we had the Jets' or Ravens' secondary, we would probably blitz like ****--certainly much more than we do now. Have people not seen our corners? We don't have Darell Revis's back there. We have serviceable corners that don't play man coverage very well. Until we 1) get better corners and or 2) somehow find a way to play man coverage better, WE WILL NOT be blitzing that much.

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Mike Smith touched on the pass rush against Brady during the press conference on Monday. Even optimally our blitzes were not going to be as effective as New York's were anyways: they knew a pass rush had gotten them beat almost twice, so they run a ton more 2-3 TE sets...I believe he said 50 offensive snaps for NE had 2 or 3 TEs in the game, as opposed to 70 snaps against NYJ where they had 1 TE and 3 WRs in the game.

Personnel played a huge part and Belichick had a great gameplan. Due to our secondary not being as strong as we'd like, Belichick knew he could have only 2 or 3 routes going much of the time to give his QB a chance to make some plays, while the rest dropped into pass protection. If you have 3 routes being run (which was the case for many passing plays for NE against us, esp in typical blitzing situations like 3rd and 4th down) subtract the QB...you have 7 guys blocking the pass rush. They then used leverage in numbers by attacking the sidelines through the air because basic Cover 2 and 3 schemes contain the middle of the field and leave bracket coverage on the outside, giving big guys like Moss and Watson significant advantages over shorties like Grimes and Houston (I thought Brian Williams showed us what he is capable of many times this game, and with not much time he can be a much cheaper Dominique Foxworth).

The one risk of their gameplan was that it depended on the run game to succeed to make sure the defense couldn't get comfortable in defending the sidelines. It hadn't really succeeded in week 1 or 2. Unfortunately for us, they ran the ball well when they needed to and kept our DBs always having to keep an eye on the middle of the field so Brady could use that sideline. The Patriots came out and executed their gameplan offensively, and their point-total payouts were really only a fraction of what they could have been.

People have to understand that with a mind like Belichick's, it's really not about the players they have on the field, it's about execution of the gameplan, which is why people saying things like "their defense lost this person and that person" doesn't hold a lot of water in the case of New England. For sure they don't have the physical talent to dominate they did in years past, but they have players out there perfectly capable of luring other teams into their traps, especially in our case with a weakish secondary and a worse-than-usual performance from our LBs regarding gap control run D.

The sky is not falling, the season isn't doomed...a mastermind coach looked at what we had and gameplanned perfectly around it, and then their players went out and executed the plan. Ours did not. Let's swallow this L, and prepare as fans for week 5 at San Fran minus Frank Gore. GO FALCONS!

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Right, but the last 2 teams did, didn't they? It kind of renders your point moot because one poorly executed blitz could equal 7 points with those kind of WR's on the field. This isn't Madden and BVG knows what he is doing.

one could argue that sitting back in coverage with no pressure against the likes of tom brady is just as likely to be disastrous.

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Right, but the last 2 teams did, didn't they? It kind of renders your point moot because one poorly executed blitz could equal 7 points with those kind of WR's on the field. This isn't Madden and BVG knows what he is doing.

one could argue that sitting back in coverage with no pressure against the likes of tom brady is just as likely to be disastrous.

It really depends on the ground game for either scenario.

I feel like if we had blitzed more on Sunday, it wouldn't have mattered. Not only did they have the personnel to block the pass rush, but they also had the running game to punch right through the blitz. A good example of this is the play where we had a gang around Fred Taylor about 3 yards past scrimmage and he burst out of the back end getting behind both safeties and a good chunk of additional yardage. Luckily Coleman got his hands on him.

I also feel like the way Brady was playing on Sunday, if we could have stopped the run and forced them to the air, our DBs could have had a shot at keeping them in check. But like joremari is suggesting, when we committed to pass coverage, we still got beat up pretty good. A good example of this was the last touchdown where we brought the front 4 at Brady and dropped everyone else back to cover. He had all year back there to throw and used the sideline to his advantage where Mike Peterson was playing underneath...he just dropped it right in over his head.

The Pats O vs the Falcs D is an overall mismatch, so the only way we would have had a chance was to keep their game one dimensional by stuffing the run so at least we could get better down and distance situations and our back 7 could commit to assignments right from the snap, whether it's blitzing or coverage.

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Not every team has a Randy Moss or a Steve Smith...Plus if you blitz and mess up the timing it wont matter anyway....its best to try and see what happens dont you think?

Exactly! Our DB's can't even cover in zone, so its best to put the pressure on the QB and force him to make bad throws. Delhomme had his best game to dat vs our zone. Almost came back and won it. QB's like Brees will pick apart our zone, all day long.

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So you'd really be okay with Houston and Grimes on an island??? Really???

Well let's see. Did the zone help vs Bradv? Do you think the zone will help vs Brees? Tony romo will even pick apart our zone. Putting pressure on a QB is far better and helpful to our DB's, than playing a soft zone which will get exploited by most NFL QB's.

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It really depends on the ground game for either scenario.

I feel like if we had blitzed more on Sunday, it wouldn't have mattered. Not only did they have the personnel to block the pass rush, but they also had the running game to punch right through the blitz. A good example of this is the play where we had a gang around Fred Taylor about 3 yards past scrimmage and he burst out of the back end getting behind both safeties and a good chunk of additional yardage. Luckily Coleman got his hands on him.

I also feel like the way Brady was playing on Sunday, if we could have stopped the run and forced them to the air, our DBs could have had a shot at keeping them in check. But like joremari is suggesting, when we committed to pass coverage, we still got beat up pretty good. A good example of this was the last touchdown where we brought the front 4 at Brady and dropped everyone else back to cover. He had all year back there to throw and used the sideline to his advantage where Mike Peterson was playing underneath...he just dropped it right in over his head.

The Pats O vs the Falcs D is an overall mismatch, so the only way we would have had a chance was to keep their game one dimensional by stuffing the run so at least we could get better down and distance situations and our back 7 could commit to assignments right from the snap, whether it's blitzing or coverage.

considering the route ran you have to imagine that on the TD pass that baker was probably brady's 3rd or 4th option.

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considering the route ran you have to imagine that on the TD pass that baker was probably brady's 3rd or 4th option.

Oh yeah for sure. I think I saw him brewing a cup of coffee (maybe it was tea) in the pocket waiting for someone to get open. I don't think that play went as designed but shoot, Baker got to the sideline, hit Peterson's zone then got behind him.

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Well let's see. Did the zone help vs Bradv? Do you think the zone will help vs Brees? Tony romo will even pick apart our zone. Putting pressure on a QB is far better and helpful to our DB's, than playing a soft zone which will get exploited by most NFL QB's.

It would far worse in man coverage with the corners we have...

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It would far worse in man coverage with the corners we have...

Depends on the situation and how much pressure we put on the QB. We were highly successful at getting pressure on Chad Pennington, who is a very smart and accurate QB. He had no time to get set or get into a rhythm. Our DB's looked excellent, thanks to the pressure from the front seven. No one is saying we should blitz as much as Balt or the Jets. But we should be far more aggressive than just 22% of the time. Our DB's cannot cover for more tha a few seconds. No doubt, we have learned that our DB's are scrubs in zone and man coverage.

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