Originally Posted by theogt
Looks like a 2-gap read and react assignment where they weren't "allowed" to just get up field. If you're required to allow the O-line to set up and take you head on man-to-man fully prepared, that's not exactly the situation we're talking about and it's certainly not conducive to the pass-rush.
It's that split second at the snap where a pass-rush can fail or succeed. If the D-line can beat the O-line before it gets set-up ready to block by just a milisecond, it can be more effective. That's the problem with 2-gap vs. 1-gap slanting.
Wade talked about this during the mini-camp. During the season Spears wouldn't use his athleticism/quickness to beat the blocker. That was because of the 2-gap assignment. That's what you're seeing in the first play.
No doubt that's part of it.
What you're also seeing in those clips is Marcus Spears and Chris Canty get absolutely stonewalled, even when they're going for it. My blind homerism tells me to excuse their lack of push, or pass rushing ability with "scheme", but the cycnic in me won't allow it. Their skills on display, just in those clips were so feeble that the Guards and Tackles taking them on expended what looks like minimal effort to keep them from pushing in. That can't be absolved with a fuzzy two-gap blanket.