Re: Run defense: what's the solution?!
posted at 11/25/2013 2:17 PM EST
In response to pcmIV's comment:
In response to zbellino's comment:
I think this gameplan works against Moreno, who is good but not a clear HR threat. It allows Denver to grind the clock for New England. The runs were grinding type runs.
It's likely not a great solution against teams with great defenses and dynamic, open-field backs.
Denver, right now, is a mirror image of what Ne was a few seasons back ... they can pass really well, they can front-run, but they are not very good defending the pass, and I don't think they can run when it counts.
If Manning and the Broncos want to hand it off, you let them. Give it to Moreno ... please. It takes the ball out of their best players' hands.
If NE is playing Jamaal Charles and KC, however, I don't think you line up in Nickel for 90% of your snaps on defense.
If we play KC we will stack the box to take away Charles and force Smith to make plays with his arm. I am not worried about KC. Their defense is getting more and more ban ged up and they haven't looked as good against real QBs. Hopefully they can take one from Denver in Arrowhead to put is in good position for the #1 seed.
Interesting. I wouldn't stack the box myself. At least not as an exclusive game plan. I think you DO have the talent to compete outside man-to-man, but those KC WRs are excellent downfield blockers.
Personally, I'd shadow Charles. He is on pace for 1300-1400 yards rushing ... but importantly he is on pace to catch 75+ passes. He is Shane Vereen ... full time and a bit faster. He is a true every down back, and a threat to break a major play each time he touches the ball.
The problem with stacking the box is it does leave you vulnerable to those screen plays or the instances when Charles splits out. Myself ... a combination of gap-discipline zone, and a RB shadow that forces KC to make plays to their WR outside if they can.