QUOTE (padgfrombf @ Oct 8 2007, 11:41 AM)
You don't like to think that LeBeau keeps things in the bag in the regular season, but didn't he sort of follow that original suggestion by Finny and pretty much run D-side packages (including a 1-4-6 formation) against Indy in the 2005 playoffs? I know that Indy usually has a 2-TE formation rather than a spread, but the point is that it seems that the PS make a huge point in the regular season of strangling the running game first, then dealing with the passing game thrown at them. In the playoffs, the PS seem to go to packages earlier in the game.
I hope the Wizard has something sweet for Belichimp.
Good point about the base being geared to stopping the run, at the expense of spreads and, as we know, TEs down the middle. Maybe now we are a more flexible defense? A LeBeau-Tomlin combo? The Mutant Defense, after all. But still, a work unfinished.
How good will we be when Woodley and Timmons are more fully integrated?
I have been thinking about how to stop the Patriots for several weeks now, especially after the Dallas massacre. The Patriots get some love for just being flat-out good, but I HATE them more than anything.
I am taking a slightly different stance on this, Fin. I hope we don't show the Patriots anything new. I want to save all of that for the playoffs if/when we see them. At that time, I would be more than happy to watch the Wizard unveil a Patriot-stopping hybrid package. The fact that the regular season game is in New England coupled with the likelihood of the fact that a playoff rematch would also be in NE, that scenario sort of reminds me of '05. Away against the Colts in the regular season (an opportunity to see almost everything they ran due to the fact they really wanted to win a regular season game) and then again in the playoffs with decidedly different and joyous results.....