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Memo To Bob Sanders

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Memo To Bob Sanders

Bob:

Watched Eagles and Steelers preseason games last night. I noticed something that you need to take on board. Both Jim Johnson and Dick Lebeau blitz extensively during preseason. You know why? Because they want their players to be good at it. Going back and watching the Bengals game, you blitzed three or four times, and you know what? Your players are really, really bad at it. Way too much dancing. And that's down to coaching. And the scary thing is, it's not just timid third string cornerbacks (Though Will Blackmon blitzing is an UGLY sight) but even your top flight starters. Going back to tape from last year. AJ Hawk, on more than one occasion, runs across the line, meets a blocker, does a little two-step, and then proceeds to hug him. Conversely, when Brian Dawkins rushes the quarterback, he blows people up. Now some of that is on the player and his physical desire, but most of it is on you. You've got to coach these guys up on the blitz, and then let them loose during the remaining preseason games. You've got to do it. Because right now, your players blitz like they're in non-contact practice drills.

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Alex Tallitsch's picture

That's a good post.

packeraaron's picture

Cheers :)

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