Re: Why draft anger is justified
posted at 4/27/2013 5:06 PM EDT
In response to Muzwell's comment:
There's no formula for winning the Super Bowl, except this: peak in the playoffs. The Ravens were not a "smashmouth" team, whatever that means these days. They're a passing team like the Giants were the year before. They weren't a great football team, nor were the Giants. Both were close to missing the playoffs. They got hot, their QB played great and they got lucky. If Rahim Moore doesn't have a brain cramp, they don't even sniff the Super Bowl.
There are things to get angry about in life I suppose, but who my favorite NFL team drafts isn't on my list.
Smashmouth == agressive. The hit on Welker before he dropped the next pass, the hit on Ridely.
It is a team that can apply enough pressure on the QB to cause errors, give the recievers very little space and when they do catch the ball hit them hard enough so they drop the next one. Punish running backs on each carry and recievers trying to get YAC. Create the sitation where the defense overplays recievers to the point of allowing nothing in the first few seconds of every play at the risk of allowing a big play but at the same time never allowing the big play to happen because the pressure gets to the QB just about when the coverage breaks down.
Cannot scheme this type of defense or audible to advantage..the defense does the same thing every play..tremendous pressure until the play is over. If you dont have a mobile QB and run some sort of freelance out of the pocket, recievers that can get separation or take the ball away in a crowd you will be in trouble.
2007 NYG, 2009 Ravens,2010 jets, 2011 NYG, 2012 Ravens - all pretty close to that mold.
Now I am going to sound like Rusty..with the lineup NE has had the last few year you can only bring in the jumbo set and pound the ball down their throats from under center ..then only when they commit too many to the middle run..will the passing game work again.
So in the draft getting the 2 relatively big recievers that can fight for th ball, the second guy beig comapared to Boldin...not a bad thing.