Knight of God Posted May 5, 2011 Share Posted May 5, 2011 The most popular idea is to simply sign a FA. Many say Edwards, but he is a whole lot like both Biermann and Davis in that if given the same opportunity in the same situation either man would have had similar stats. Not taking anything away from Edwards and his athleticism, but our thick rotation will probably cut his 8 sacks to 4-4.5 which would still be a boost if Davis (1) and Biermann (3) still got the numbers from last year and upgrade Anderson (2), but by last years stats it would make more sense to upgrade Davis...WOW!!!Now, the idea is to penetrate from the middle with quick, speedy, and smallish DT's. Its a great idea and especially in rotation, but there is one problem with that...no block eaters. No space eaters and this is what I see...Abraham (doubled), Babineaux (singled/chipped/or doubled with RB), then Peters/Jerry (singled), LE (singled). Then the TE or FB/HB can get free. Still minimal sacks unless Abraham fights it off. OL schemes are based on using the whole OL to block just four guys with a little help from either the HB, FB, or TE in a pro-set. This use to be pretty effective for a defense to cover, blitz, or pursue. Now, all it takes is for either back or TE (most are athletic now) to get free and give a team 3-7yds. We were pretty good at keeping it to 3yds, stopping the run between 3-4 (unless we missed tackles and gave up a long run). We all were scratching our heads. "We are a good team!" or "How did that happen?" or "It was _______'s fault." It was no one's fault. We are just missing something on the line and it isn't quite what we think. The idea is to have two DT's somewhere around 300lbs who normally would play the 3 technique both lining up inside with one as the 3 and the other as a 2 technique. Both are fairly suited and should work right? Not when today's OL's wall off inside with just two blockers and the third on the inside left (left guard, beginning to become almost as important as the Center and LT) is charged with getting a chip on the inside and helping outside. What's missing? The truth is nothing. Nothing is really missing because the concept is smart, but there does need to be more of a presence inside. Jerry, Peters, and Babineaux are a scary group. Jerry maybe not so much, but I have high hopes for him. In rotation and in certain sets I can see this group bringing in 12-15 sacks all together, but we really need a space eater.Many of you have already expressed your disdain for this concept. We do have the UFA though and Gray is available at 5'11" 330lbs. He can be placed on the PS or just take Lewis' spot. Either way, I hope that more than inside pass rush, we do something about pulling the blocks inward instead of outward. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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