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Old 06-04-2009, 02:33 PM   #1
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1. Dick LeBeau, Steelers. LeBeau perfected the zone blitz, and you'll see Pittsburgh continue to run this defense as long as he's the coordinator. He likes to mix looks and bring pressure from different points on the field. He doesn't have a great matchup secondary, so he attacks offenses with all-out pressure.


2. Jim Johnson, Eagles. Another disciple of the zone blitz, Johnson likes to bring pressure from up and down the line and he asks his defensive backs to jam receivers and play physical. Typically, he prefers quicker one gap-shooting linemen and active linebackers. This is probably the most athletic front seven the Eagles have had in a while, but they still like to bring the blitz. After taking a leave of absence to undergo chemotherapy, here's hoping Johnson is healthy enough to be on the sidelines in '09.


3. Leslie Frazier, Vikings. He has the horses up front to send a nice pressure package at quarterbacks, and he likes to play some mixed zones behind it with cornerback Antoine Winfield more often in press coverage. With DE Jared Allen joining the team last year, the blitz package is a thing of the past, though it could return if the Williams Wall misses significant time.


4. Jim Bates, Bucs. Tampa Bay's new defensive leader plays an aggressive scheme that calls for playmakers to make big plays. Look for the Bucs to move away from the traditional Tampa-2 zone scheme and have defensive backs making more plays on the ball, while the defensive front will be less about stunts and twists and more about getting pressure off the edges.


5. Dom Capers, Packers. He is a diehard believer in the 3-4 defense. We wonder whether Green Bay has the pieces to make the change in '09. Capers knows the scheme inside and out and has been through the transition before. He can guide players like Aaron Kampman, A.J. Hawk and Nick Barnett through struggles.


6. Greg Blache, Redskins. He runs an aggressive scheme that relies on pressure at every level. He likes to get a big push inside from his tackles, explaining the Albert Haynesworth signing. Blache also likes linebackers who run to the ball and corners and safeties who press and play close to the line of scrimmage. With more pieces in place, expect Washington to harass the quarterback consistently in '09.


7. Mike Nolan, Broncos. He will have a challenge this season, but if anyone can turn around a moribund defense it's Nolan. An ardent 3-4 man, Nolan must employ a hybrid in '09. His priority is shoring up the run defense, a benefit of playing the 3-4 front. He must rely on a strong secondary to play well in coverage while he figures out how to generate pressure on the quarterback.


8. Dean Pees, Patriots. Pees is learning from the master, Bill Belichick. No team does a better job of adapting personnel and playing the matchup game. With upgrades in the secondary, Pees will have more options in the pass rush. He will bring a fourth rusher out of the 3-4, but that player always will come from a different spot on the field. Pees is a name to watch.


9. Mike Zimmer, Bengals. The Bengals likely will continue to employ a 4-3 scheme as it has throughout Marvin Lewis' tenure. Cincinnati has a lot of linebackers and converted college ends, so Zimmer could tinker with some 3-4 alignments. Zimmer has extensive experience mixing formations and will introduce some new wrinkles to confuse opponents.


10. Paul Pasqualoni, Dolphins. Bill Parcells and Tony Sparano love him, and after watching that turnaround last year who are we to argue? Pasqualoni has the knowledge and adaptability skills to be an asset within any scheme, but he is an old-time coach who can teach technique on a one-on-one level. Joey Porter's career was over until Pasqualoni arrived in Miami.


11. Clancy Pendergast, Cheefs. Pendergrast is unpredictable -- at times unorthodox -- and is tough to game plan against. The Chiefs will use a 3-4 scheme as their base defense, but liberal usage of the 4-3 in nickel sets keeps opponents guessing.


12. John Marshall, Raiders. Marshall, who comes to Oakland after a six-year stint as Mike Holmgren's defensive coordinator in Seattle, is all about pressure. The Seahawks were among the most prolific pass-rush teams in recent seasons, thanks to a strong outside rush and quick, gap-shooting tackles. He likes to mix coverages and formations, so versatility in the front seven is critical. There is talent on the Raiders' roster, so don't be surprised to see more success in '09.


13. Gregg Williams, Saints. He uses a lot of stunts and twists with his linemen. Speed at defensive end is important. In the secondary, New Orleans will utilize a mixture of zone and man-to-man schemes with a lot of cornerback man-to-man coverages with safety help over the top in combination schemes.


14. Ron Rivera, Chargers. He has experience coaching the 4-3, the Tampa-2 and now the 3-4 scheme. Although the Chargers will remain a 3-4 front, Rivera incorporates aspects of the other schemes. That means more aggressive play-calling in terms of blitzes and letting Shawne Merriman loose behind a more talented defensive front.


15. Goonther Cunningham, Lions. Big and physical is the way Cunningham and new coach Jim Schwartz like their defensive players. The first priority will be stopping the run and solidifying the front seven. Look for plenty of aggressive calls and blitz schemes early.


16. Perry Fewell, Bills. Fewell runs a conservative version of the 4-3 scheme. The Bills blitz sparingly, preferring to generate a push with linemen. He likes to utilize a lot of cover-2 zone schemes. Fewell uses some pre-snap movement to confuse opponents, but after the snap he keeps it pretty basic.


17. Larry Coyer, Colts. A former defensive line coach, he will emphasize the importance of line play -- in pressuring the quarterback and defending the run. Coyer has been around a long time and is a 4-3 disciple, but he is sure to address the Colts' weakness in defending the run.


18. Rob Ryan, Browns. He uses a fair amount of formations to keep opponents guessing. Look for a lot of different formations and movement within the Browns' 3-4 scheme, which will look a lot like brother Rex's hybrid scheme made famous in Baltimore. We will see a lot of press coverage by the cornerbacks and be aggressive, mostly using man-to-man. It is a fairly simple defense that relies on the guys up front to apply pressure while the back seven concentrates on coverage.


19. Greg Manusky, 49ers. He emphasizes a 3-4 press-type style with lots of different looks and frequent shifting of personnel. The key element for opponents is trying to figure out where the fourth pass rusher is going to line up. Frequent blitzing by cornerbacks and safeties is a staple -- as well as lots of man-to-man coverage -- but the main pass rush must come from the outside linebackers. He also will show a 4-3 nickel front in passing situations. This defense will resemble the Steelers at times, and don't be surprised to see Patrick Willis unleashed as a blitzer.


20. Ron Meeks, Panthers. He likes to play zone schemes behind a stunting defensive line. He likes to have constant movement that really confuses blocking schemes. The back seven play it sound and simple; they try to keep everything in front of them and prevent big plays. You are not going to beat his defense by dictating matchups on offense. They don't like to blitz much and shouldn't have to if Julius Peppers returns.




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Old 06-04-2009, 02:43 PM   #2
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I just wanna know, ona scale of 1-10 (10 meaning amazing), is it possible the Broncos could score a 14 on the all-time greatest turnaround of all time? I'm just saying, if we win the superbowl the next 8 years in a row, that deserves at least some thought of being called the greatest team in the universe... just saying.

Also I'm pumped for Nolan, unless we give up a million yards again.
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WTF!?!?! BATES?? Please tell me there is another man named Jim Bates who actually knows how to coach a defense, otherwise I do not understand how this man has this job and this ranking.
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in his second year with a defense, Bates-coached teams improve 10 fold in every major defensive category. We fired him after one.

And then Shanny was going to keep Slowik for a second season.

Do the math.
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Sure wish we could have landed Capers. I was liking the thought of a Nolan/Capers tandem.
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Sure wish we could have landed Capers. I was liking the thought of a Nolan/Capers tandem.
To many cooks spool the pot.
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That's legit. Way better than his experience here shows.
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That's legit. Way better than his experience here shows.

That has yet to be determined. (stay tuned)
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That has yet to be determined. (stay tuned)
What was your favorite 4-3 defense last year?

Tennessee or Philly?
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What was your favorite 4-3 defense last year?

Tennessee or Philly?
Tennessee were by far a better unit.

Eagles rely on stunts, blitzes and turnovers. When it works, it's great. But it's vulnerable, as the Cardinals proved in the NFC Championhip game.

Titans on the other hand just lined up and rushed 4 on every play and beat teams up. Had their O not turnovered the game away against B-More, I think they'd have been very, very hard to beat.
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Larry Coyer is much better than the 17th best DC in the NFL.
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in his second year with a defense, Bates-coached teams improve 10 fold in every major defensive category. We fired him after one.

And then Shanny was going to keep Slowik for a second season.

Do the math.
I guess he's like a do-over.
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I agree with that assessment.
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I had forgot Bates and Coyer were back to DC'ing. I'm thinking right now Indy got the better DC.

That Bates has more lives than a cat. I'm not sure what people see in him. He was out of the NFL for a season before Shanny hired him, was out of the NFL for a season after Shanny fired him, now he's back again.
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Tennessee were by far a better unit.

Eagles rely on stunts, blitzes and turnovers. When it works, it's great. But it's vulnerable, as the Cardinals proved in the NFC Championhip game.

Titans on the other hand just lined up and rushed 4 on every play and beat teams up. Had their O not turnovered the game away against B-More, I think they'd have been very, very hard to beat.
Tennessee ran Bates system.
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What was your favorite 4-3 defense last year?

Tennessee or Philly?
I love the packages Philly uses....they do a lot of personnel maneuvering

don't they run a 4-6 sometimes?
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I love the packages Philly uses....they do a lot of personnel maneuvering

don't they run a 4-6 sometimes?
In a loose interpretation of a 46. They like to answer every question with "blitz more". Totally fun to watch and surprisingly effective, unless you have a smart, vet QB on the opposing side. In which case, it's going to be a shoot out.
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In a loose interpretation of a 46. They like to answer every question with "blitz more". Totally fun to watch and surprisingly effective, unless you have a smart, vet QB on the opposing side. In which case, it's going to be a shoot out.
I remember Jake Plummer torching them in Denver...
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I remember Jake Plummer torching them in Denver...
Against aggressive defensive units, misdirection works too.
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