Originally Posted by bloodsunday
Yeah but teams that can commit the right guy -- a DE or OLB -- to spy on that edge can stop our offense like molasis in January. Every year there are 3 or 4 teams that get it right and our offense goes directly in the crapper.
This is correct.
In particular Indy does this well because they have very fast DEs and lighter DTs who are quicker on their feet rather than stumbling, overweight DTs.
The zone blocking scheme works great against slower, bigger plodding DL rather than quick, athletic, energetic DL because they tend to have much quicker feet and better footwork to avoid the backside cutblock.
I don't fault our running game on this though. This comes back directly to the QB. Every QB in the league who's started knows that different defenses take away different parts of your game. Some D's are great in defending the short to intermediate stuff, some D's excel at stopping passes over the middle etc etc.
With Plummer he doesn't have a lot of depth in his game. Someone like Tom Brady is the ultimate utility QB because he plays well in all phases of the passing offense. Brady does well in the spread out 3/4 WR set offense, screen passes, and yes, he even does well throwing up the middle on deeper passes off play action with two WR/one TE sets.
Plummer though, is one dimensional. His playaction game is good, he can roll out and throw on the run but take that away and he's a very scattershot pocket passer who fails to impress especially when throwing the the sidelines. He can't go through two quick reads and quick release, he waits too long on just Rod to get open, etc, etc, etc.