|09-21-2007, 03:49 AM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2006
NFL War Room: Broncos vs Jags
Jaguars Keys For Success
1. Run stunts and blitzes on rushing downs. After struggling to defend the run in Week 1, the Jaguars decided to blitz their linebackers through the gaps and run interior line stunts in Week 2. This made the Falcons' offensive linemen change their blocking angles, and as a result, Jacksonville held Atlanta to 82 rushing yards on 25 carries. Expect to see the Jaguars employ many of the same tactics against Broncos running back Travis Henry, who is averaging nearly 134 rushing yards per game.
2. Establish the running game. The Jaguars' running game has not gotten off to the start that was expected. Running backs Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew �- both of whom averaged at least 5.0 yards per carry last season -- have combined to average just 3.4 yards per rush this year. Expect the Jaguars to get back to basics this week and pound the ball to their left to attack Broncos defensive ends Simeon Rice and Elvis Dumervil, two pass-rush specialists who are limited run defenders.
3. Play a "cover-4" scheme on passing downs. With the free-agent addition of Brandon Stokley and the maturation of Brandon Marshall, the Broncos have a dangerous trio of wide receivers. The Jaguars are not comfortable leaving their defensive backs in man coverage against these receivers, so they will prefer to run a four-deep scheme, in which they drop four defenders deep and have each one cover a quarter of the field. This will help Jacksonville prevent deep throws and force the Broncos to lean on the short passing game to be successful.
Broncos Keys For Success
1. Protect quarterback Jay Cutler. The Broncos' offensive line has done a nice job of keeping Cutler upright, surrendering just three sacks in two games. However, they face their biggest test to date against a Jaguars' front seven that is fresh off a seven-sack performance last week against the Falcons.
On obvious passing downs the Jaguars tend to bring in a third defensive end, Brent Hawkins, to rush from the inside with defensive tackle Marcus Stroud. The Broncos' offensive line will try to mix up its protection schemes to stifle the Jaguars and keep them off-balance.
2. Bring eight defenders into the box. The Broncos have great faith in their secondary and are not afraid to have cornerbacks Champ Bailey and Dre' Bly play man coverage the entire game against the Jaguars' wide receivers. Therefore, expect Denver to leave safety Nick Ferguson back deep for insurance and bring safety John Lynch into the box as an eighth run defender. This will help the Broncos stuff Jacksonville's two-pronged running attack and make David Garrard beat them with his arm.
3. Locate Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis on third down. Garrard has established a level of comfort with his second-year tight end, particularly on third down. Garrard looked Lewis' way several times on third-down passes against the Falcons last week.
Lewis is a big target who can get off the ball and get open quickly, and Lynch and Ferguson must know where he is at all times. When they line up, look for them to play off Lewis, then jump the route at the snap in the hopes of forcing a turnover.
|09-21-2007, 07:50 AM||#2|
Join Date: Aug 2005
Two points from the article:
1. "Expect the Jaguars to get back to basics this week and pound the ball to their left to attack Broncos defensive ends Simeon Rice and Elvis Dumervil, two pass-rush specialists who are limited run defenders."
Denver's RDE will be split wide, leaving a hole for a LB to fill. Make DJ and Gold prove they can stuff the hole.
2. "The Broncos have great faith in their secondary and are not afraid to have cornerbacks Champ Bailey and Dre' Bly play man coverage the entire game against the Jaguars' wide receivers."
This will be another test for Dre Bly. Expect the Jaguars to do as the Raiders and use the pump fake against him.