Looking at the game again last night, I confirmed something (in my mind, at least) that I had suspected after the Atlanta game.
Bob Sanders can't design a quality defensive back pressure package. He CAN design a quality linebacker dog/blitz but doesn't have any quality pass rushers at the linebacking position.
The worst offender is A.J. Hawk. He is simply dreadful when called upon to blitz from the line. If he comes free, he has a distant chance. If he is presented with any kind of resistance, forget it. He simply can not get around or shed any kind of block. He GIVES UP. Let me get this straight - he can't cover. He can't rush the quarterback. And we made him the 5th overall pick in the draft? Yikes.
Hawk is not alone, of course. For all the talk of Poppinga's talent as a pass rusher, after all the puff pieces this summer about how the coaching staff was putting in new packages where Brady could show off his pass rushing prowess, we've gotten as much production from Poppinga in rushing the quarterback as we did last year. Namely - zippo. And don't even get me started on Barnett, who has just forgotten how to play the game.
And then there are the defensive backs. Go back and watch the Atlanta game and then watch the Tennessee game again. Every time Sanders sends Woodson or Williams, a glaring hole is left in the coverage that both Matt Ryan and Kerry Collins easily exploit for big gains. It's like Sanders just doesn't take into consideration that offenses can adjust their routes on site. (Note to Bob: Ask your Head Coach about this. His offense does it all the time) I mean, pull up a seat and grab your popcorn when you see a Packer defensive back rushing the quarterback. It's Amateur Hour!
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