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Something We Never Saw...

...under Bob Sanders that I expect to see quite a bit of from Capers, illuminated here in a great write up on the evolution of the zone-blitz from Greg Cosell:

Have a defensive lineman and/or a linebacker take a couple of steps forward, initially showing rush. This immediately engages an offensive linemen, who sets to block what he's certain is a pass rusher. But then that defender quickly backs out, and drops into coverage. The result: that offensive linemen is left blocking no one.

I remember watching the Giants do this quite effectively against both the Packers and the Patriots two years ago and wishing Sanders would adopt something similar. My hunch is that Capers will do so.

Definitely read the entire piece (indeed, read all of Cosell's stuff). It's a treat.

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Andrew n Atlanta's picture

That was a great piece. Nice find

PackerBacker's picture

I am really excited about the defense under Capers. We'll finally have a coach that will mix things up, keep the offense guessing. Hopefully it will help our offense too. They will have to practice against a more dynamic defense. It should only help hone their skills.

jerseypackfan's picture

I can not wait for the first blitz of the season. Beware Neckbeard!

Ron La Canne's picture

The new defensive philosophy will be a welcome change from old predictable's approach. Aggressive play will become the hallmark not the rare exception.

A big concern remains player endurance and quality.

ctpack's picture

Reminds me of Fritz's defence against the 49ers in a playoff game.Showing many looks even having Jurk cover Jerry Rice

Franklin Hillside's picture

Does anyone recall the excitement surrounding the defense last year? New looks were going to be installed and blitzes and pressure were going to be the norm.
Everyone was talking about it, players, coaches, reporters. Anyone have any thoughts as to where that ended up?
Is Ron right?

Matthew's picture

Ron, exactly.... when the NFL network showed replays of the 1995 NFC championship, fritz routinely dropped Jurko into coverage with wayne simmons or leroy butler blitzing.

What made me appreciate this more was watching the last two years of predictable pass rush eminating from the Bob Sanders scheme. Its not all about sacks, but about the pressure you put ona quarterback. If the quarteback doesn't knwo where or when the pressure is coming he might rush some of those 3rd down throws resulting in shorter possesions. To me, this is what i am excited about

Nick's picture

There's one difference. No Sanders.

packeraaron's picture

Franklin - I remember only too well. Not sure how long you've been reading CHTV but my thoughts can be summed up here:

Pack Fan In Enemy Territory's picture

Great site guys keep up the good work!

packeraaron's picture

Thanks very much Pack Fan!

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