Re: Preseason Prognostications?
posted at 8/13/2009 11:42 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Preseason Prognostications?
[QUOTE]Yeah, I would think that in a blitz, the lineman knows which gap the linebacker is going to shoot, so he would just focus on one gap.
Posted by themightypatriots[/QUOTE]
Correct- even in a two gap scheme, you often switch to one gap on blitzes. If the nose controls both A gaps in the base, and an A gap blitz is called, obviously the nose goes to one gap one A gap, and the linebacker hits the other. Many ways for the LB to call this out, gee/haw, gas/brake, star/port, etc.
Our 3-4 is the modified Fairbanks-Bullough system which is more conservative than most defenses, so you don't see too many ILB rushes. BB likes the modified Fairbanks-Bullough because it gives the greatest flexibility to the LB's who are traditionally athletic and the most versatile, and he can create confusion by shading DL over or under and mixing roles (rush, tackle or drop). The conservative philosophy emphasizes being physical and disciplined, i.e., allowing the play to come to you (which is why Seau had a hard time finding his flow because in SD, his job was to shoot the gap and find the play).
It is a testimony to how good Seymour, Wilfork, and Warren are every time they get a sack because in a 3-4 three DT cannot reliably collapse a 5 OL pocket, so it is a given that this is the weak point of the 3-4, and emphasis is placed elsewhere (e.g., Dick Lebeau's zone blitz).