Hundley was the one who blew the interception. Guess they found the weak link. It was the designer SHOES.
back to not having the personnel. our safties are marginal, but our corners have the ability to be shut-down corners. i think bolt has to scheme around jesse smith some because, maybe this can be said about any defense, but LB's that can play sideline to sideline are a must. jesse is good keeping the middle of the field locked down, but he is no brian urlacher. he is more of a hunter hillenmeyer, who plays strong side and is helped out alot by having the rangy urlacher in the middle. the safties dont have to be the best at coverage, and ours arent, but they should be able to scare any wr's who come into their zone into dropping the ball, ex mike brown and adam archuletta when he played for the rams, not the bears.
the reason why those deep posts kept working, is because one of the major flaws in the base cover 2 is that there are two spots on the field that are wide open in certain situations. the middle between the safeties is a soft spot, and the corners have flats (outside shallow area) so behind the corner but underneath the safety. deep outs are particularly effective, against this, as was illustrated by the falcons game winning late drive against the bears. i didnt see the whole play each time, but i would almost bet that aTm ran some sort of smash corner route (hitches on the outside, corners on the inside) and then a deep post down the seam. its called a seam for a reason, because it is the ambiguous area in between deep zones, where it could be either man's responsibility. anyway, this smash corner with the deep post forces the saftey's hand. the safety must chose the post or the corner, and a good safety will take the corner route because he has help towards the middle of the field. the MLB must drop into a deep deep zone to cover the post, or the olb has to run with it, either way usually leads to a mismatch. corners obviously cover the shallow route, such as the zig out or the hitch.
as for the original post, you cant change defensive philosophies mid season. going to a 4-2-5 multiple D isnt going to help much, especillay because the players have had the 4-3 pounded into their heads. with that said, they will play it some as in a nickel package.
i know this is kind of all over the place, because i have so many things to think about this. i could write a paper.
Bring some heat! It seemed like we blitzed 3 times the whole game.
Seems like we don't have the Safties that anyone fears. To me aTm almost took LJ out of the game last night by not giving him much to hit with most passes going over the middle. Then once aTm caught the ball they were able to run like they were playing a bunch of 6th graders. Poor tackling to go along with a soft middle, complimented by slow DL makes for lots-o-points. I don't fault the players, they are trying to excecute to the best of their abilities and they play hard every down. We just wiff to much when we need a stop or a game changing play.
I'm really scared how OSU and Mizzou will just kill us with their pass happy O's. Chase may be able to set some new records. :sad:
After seeing all the Mckoys on the Texas teams, I think our best defense would be to recruit some Hatfields.
So if we are stuck with Cover 2 Tampa with inadequate players galore, the question is why did we come into the season doing something that is a loser? Nebraska usually plays just 2 linebackers and nickel/dime most of the time because theis is a passing league. Would you not be smarter to get burned with running plays than with passing at this point? Right now, we are on the path to 2-10.
Some of the best defenses play the Cover 2. If you run a good zone, it can be really successful.
-You need to pressure the QB, however, and we did not do that
-The players in the zone need to learn to pick up guys when they come across it, that's why the middle of the field was open all game.
-Had we played man to man, we would've gotten burned as well, as it was pretty evident their WRs were quicker than our secondary.
It's interesting because you all are answering your own questions. You need some of the best to run the Cover 2 / Tampa 2. You need some of the best to run man to man. So apparently no matter what we choose to run, it will never be as effective as we imagine in our heads. Our zone coverage gives us the best chance to win, period. If we ever went man to man, then we run into double coverage and one on one with LB's or smaller, slower CB's. By going zone we are able to at least keep our safties back and cover more ground with our slower LB's. Why do you think Bell switch to LB. He was a big RB in his day, a good quality to have for a future LB.
The other issue was also already pointed out. Jesse is a great hard nose player. He can get up there and stuff the run, does help with the blitz, but does always seem to be a step or two behind. If he can't get to the QB quick enough, he also doesn't seem to be able to cover enough of the field when dropping back either. Our DL can't plug the holes, and our DE's can't get enough pressure on the QB's, so this ends up making Jesse cheat up on the line a bit too much which then opens the middle of the field between the two safties. It's happened all season.
Leonard Johnson has the makings of a good shutdown corner. He needs to learn to trust himself more because he even cheats back a few times instead of keeping the pressue on the WR. But otherwise he has good speed and hard hitting abilities. Teran Benton may have the same intangiables, but haven't gotten a good look at him yet. This may also be why Allen Bell doesn't start, or even play. They guy never looked that physical when he played. Has the speed to keep up with the guy, but not the tools to be that physical. Just a thought.
The lack of coverage also does come down to the safties too. These guys can't cover enough ground as they need. Watching the Bears game a few weeks ago the announcers talked a lot about the point of imact or something. Essentially all your players are positioned on the field that once a WR makes a catch you end up having two or three defenders within a few steps on laying a huge hit and causing a turnover. You can see the agreesiveness is there within the team (hence all the Personal Fouls), but their speed to get to the impact point is not there. Instead the WR finds the hole, the Saftey can't get there, and the WR gets a big gain.
And if you kepts your eyes open during the whole game, we even went dime a few times with our zone. We had four CB's in at one time and still couldn't stop them. So even when you put faster guys on the field, it still shows that the executions is still not there. It is about personell, something your not going to have in a second second with a new coach and philosophy.
Just my two cents.