DirtyBirdDynasty Posted January 17, 2012 Share Posted January 17, 2012 First off we have 3 key FAs on D1. Abe2. Lofton3. GrimesI'd say Abe is a must to keep as the pass rush needs to be upgraded and he's our best pass rusher.Lofton we obviously need to keep as he's a great young MLB and there's no one to replace himGrimes I would think we need to keep as it's a passing league and you typically need 3 quality corners, particularly in this division, but we'll seeFirst and foremost I think the pass rush and the depth on the DL need to be improved.At DE Abe hopefully returns, we have Edwards and possibly Sidbury. With Biermann a FA atleast 1-2 need to be added at DE via FA or the draft. With an additional pass rusher to play DE opposite Abe, Edwards can move inside to DT on pass downs with Babineaux.At DT we have Babineaux, Peters, maybe Jerry and Walker. We could certainly use another pass rusher or a big space eater to keep Weatherspoon and Lofton clean and set up passing situations on 3rd down.The more emphasis we place on the DLs quality and depth the less we need to worry about the DBs.Decoud is a FA and it would be ideal to upgrade him with a player like Michael Griffin. If no one is available, we may consider shifting Dunta Robinson to FS. His profile says he originally began his college career at South Carolina as a free safety. He's definately shown he can hit. He would give us a big hitter at FS with great range to pair with Moore. This would obviously create a hole at corner, particularly if Grimes leaves.If we did move Robinson to FS we could consider placing less emphasis on the corner position and instead of looking for fast man to man corners we could get bigger corners who can press receivers and tackle.It would be a scheme entirely dependent on the pass rush but the corners would press the WRs and be responsible for the short zones and the safeties would play over top in a base cover 2 look. What the scheme does is first the QB sees 2 safeties deep discouraging the deep ball, the timing of the routes is disrupted as receivers are jammed at the line, and the impending pass rush forces the QB to get rid of the ball, usuallly short.Now because the back 7 is in zone defense they're facing the ball as opposed to having their backs to it in man and can see the play and rally to the football. This funnels the ball to our tacklers in Weatherspoon, Lofton, Moore and Robinson (FS) and puts them in position to create fumbles.This scheme means theres less need for the rare expensive man to man corner but it requires a dominant DL. If the pass rush isnt there the QB simply sits back and waits for someone to find space. So implementing such a scheme would be dependent upon bringing in an impact rusher such as Mario Williams, Cliff Avril or Robert Mathis, in addition to retaining Abe. This would allow Edwards to contribute as interior pass rusher. Also upgrading DT is required, Calais Campbell would be a massive signing but a guy like Amobi Okoye or Jason Jones could help the pass rush or Aubrayo Franklin to stuff the run.In this D we could also blitz without being as vulnerable as a man D because the pressure would sacrifice underneath coverage whereas a man blitz leaves guys 1 on 1, this D would only allow an easy checkdown but multiple tacklers show up short of the 1st down. We can also combine this with dropping a DL or expected blitzer back into this expected easy checkdown area. These are the same zone blitz concepts a 3-4 like **** Lebeaus uses but employing it out of a 4-3 front. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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