Re: Comparing the D and the O
posted at 11/3/2011 5:48 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Comparing the D and the O
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Comparing the D and the O : The loss was a mix of things, and you point many out. Coaching in particular. Considering how often NE sees this game plan against them, (spread the "D" out, stack into the line and play aggressive man coverage against the "O") one would think they would have been prepared for it, even if neither is Pitt's typical mode. I don't know that the offense has all the personell they need. They have a ton of "gadget" players, and some OK backs. But the lack of a player who can force the defense to back off of the line is hurting the running game and the short/precision passing game. All of the offensive 'action' is happening from the line of scrimmage to ten yards out. Safeties creep up on that line, and linebackers creep up to the LOS. They are all stacked up to chip slot guys and TEs, and it makes it unbreathable for the RBs at times, especially in traditional 2TE sets. It makes it much, much easier to defend this offense, because it's all always in front of you. Granted, only a few teams actually possess the pass rushers, run stopping interior, and DBs that can work this type of game plan against NE, but those are the teams you'll see late in the season. The defense? That was a mess. One punt? They are last in the league in forcing punts as well, according to this thread? What a let down after a truly great game against Dallas. Honestly, I think NE has to play closer to the line as well against those spread sets. I think they were giving Wallace TOO much credit in that game. Like I said before it, one player like that can't beat you alone. Instead, the rest of the Pitt offense bled them slowly -- 40 minutes TOP slowly. That said, people are jumping off of bridges right now. On this team's worst day, where the defense was kicked around like a wet paper bag, and the offense had it's least productive game in almost a year, NE only lost by one possession to an elite team on the road (at one of the hardest places to play). All of these teams they play have flaws as well. Pitt isn't perfect. Neither is GB. NE just isn't the odds on favorite in the pack that many hoped they would be. But then they weren't in 2003 either when they were 5-2. NE could very well, looking at this schedule realistically, finish 14-2 again. They need to ice both teams from New Jersey, and finish Buffalo off, but after those guys, who else do they play that is challenging?
Posted by zbellino[/QUOTE]
I think this loss gives perspective, just as the Browns loss last year did. Just as the drubbing by NO did a couple years ago. In both those cases some fans saw the handwriting on the wall. So too with this loss to a team we have handled rather easily over the years. And that handwriting is that we may well be looking at another one and out year.
It's not that we have a bad team. It is surely a good team. But the flaws are very troubling. It is not hard to envision a playoff opponent ripping this defense to shreds. And it is also not hard to see this offense being stymied by the lack of a deep threat and the D being unable to answer with a shutdown type of day.
There is little BB can do at this juncture to fix these issues other than try like hell to get a few guys to just play better. He has been dealt his hand. Actually, he dealt it to himself by his choices. There doesn't seem to be any aces up his sleeve.