THE 12: #12 GROW SOME ALGE

Posted March 17, 2013

 

OVER the last two years our QB’s have been sacked 80 times in 32 games. In the New Orleans game last year, we surrendered 7 sacks. Seven. That says that we had some stiff competition that day, but you know who really made life hard for this team? The Philadelphia Eagles.

Whether it was not getting any quality back-ups on the Offensive Line, Howard Mudd’s scheme being ill-suited to his players, or Michael Vick and Nick Foles calling poor protections, nobody seemed to be able to devise a way to protect the QB.

Not only couldn’t they stop defenders from shredding and collapsing the pocket up the gut, they never seemed to be able to account for rushers from the outside either. Every week it was a perfect storm of inside/out pressure. What’s worse, everything the Eagles did only seemed to embolden our opponents.

We ran long, time consuming routes without a dump-off guy. We turned Brent Celek, a TE not exactly renowned for inline blocking, into a quasi-Offensive Lineman. Vick was put into 7-step drops. The pass to run play selection was 618 to 413. In short, we did everything wrong.

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THE MEAT:

Going back to Vick being sacked 7 times vs. New Orleans, it would seem that 7 sacks might indicate someone holding onto the ball too long, instead of throwing it away or taking off. Faster decision making might help. Unless of course everyone is telling the QB to stop running. To limit himself to potential harm.

There also exists the choice to throw the ball away. Just punt and live to fight another day. Unless of course, your defense gives up yards and points like Halloween candy. Seems like there needs to be another option on the table, that way there could be an outcome that would benefit us for a change.

 

THE MOVE:

Michael Vick’s most productive years (in wins) were with the Falcons. It was also his most productive period in terms of games played. Both had a lot to do with a strong run game and a TE that he could dump the ball to, when he had to improvise. If you have a dump-off guy then it gives you that beneficial quick decision. It’s not just throw it away or run anymore. Now it can be a productive quick decision.

Also a TE running a route forces a defender to cover him and doesn’t allow him to blitz. In the event that the defender does blitz, there is immediate retribution for the attempt. Soon teams would stop blitzing in favor of sticking to the TE in coverage. This also works to your advantage in the run game. On every play defenders try to bump a TE off of his route. As they make contact, it’s an easy block for a TE to make when it turns out to be a run play.

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