Originally Posted by sonnyboy
He's a great QB and he'll get his.
As always, but perhaps more so against them and their at best average defense (I say average because it's playing better lately), the best defense is your offense.
This game is on Romo and the rest of the offense. If there were any game this season we needed to come out sharp, fast and exceed 10 1st half points, it's this one.
Nothing special. Just outstanding execution and good mix of run and pass, driving the ball down the field for scores. 20 points at the half and 30 by the end of the 3rd Q and we're golden.
On defense you have to understand what Brees and that offense does well and not so well. He's shorter and and pure pocket passer. Their OL is below average, but the skill players are top notch. Kind of a carbon copy of us. Except Brees isn't much of a threat to scramble.
[View Full Quote]We need to stay patient and mix up the coverages quit a it. Zone and man. Little to no blitzing. Brees' skill set and that OL offers an rare opportunity to succeed with a heavy dose of three men rushing.
I know fans hate that, but here me out. Brees is not physically intimidating and that OL is weak. I can see us getting decent pressure and forcing him to throw in 3-4 secs with just three men, while still keeping him from running around since he seldom does it, and because in actual fact has little speed.
Eight men in coverage will afford us a ton of options to play some exotic looks and take certain elements he loves completely out of the game.
We can take away the deep passes and screens. Force him to sit back there for 3 or more secs every play and execute longer developing intermediate routes. Force them to execute 8-12 yard passes play after play.
Until we get or force that mistake or they bog down in the red zone and kick a FG.
Now understand I'm not suggesting a three man rush all game. We need to change it up continuosly. Bring three, then four, then five. I just want a heavier dose of the three man rush than we usually play. Maybe 60% of the snaps.
I have not heard of the Saints offensive line described as "weak" or even "average". They did have a hole at RT when they were forced to play a practice squad player, but now that Zach Strief is back they have one of the best lines in the league. The line is back at full strength and Brees sees very little pressure, if any at all, with a three man rush.