chipwhich Posted November 25, 2006 Share Posted November 25, 2006 Just wanted to post a new thread as a way to comment on multiple threads where posters continuously slam certain players. Lets call this Defense 101. If you look at a defense you can essentially break it down into three layers. Defensive lineman, Linebackers, Secondary. In a functional defense these layers perform different functions. I will oversimplify to make my point. On running plays, the defensive line is intended to occupy the opposing offensive lineman and be the first line of defense against a runner going for positive yards. If this line does it’s job, the Runner will be clogged and allow the linebackers and secondary to come up in run support. On passing plays, the defensive line is intended to get pressure on the quarterback so that the linebackers and secondary aren’t left to cover receivers for too long a period of time. On passing plays if the d-line gets no pressure, the corners and linebackers are more likely to give up long passing plays. This is because the reciever has the advantage with lots of time to run. On running plays if the d-line doesn’t man up on the opposing blockers And clog the runner, the running back builds up speed gets past that layer and is tougher to tackle. If the d-line continuously allows the runner to get past there “layer” then the secondary starts to cheat and play closer up for run support. Once they cheat, the opposing offense then has more opportunity to pass. So why am I posting this? It’s OBVIOUS our d-line fails on both things they need to make a defense successful. I am amazed at the number of posters who say “Should we draft a corner with our first pick?” “Carlos Rogers sucks”, “Bench Warrick Holdman”, etc, etc. Not saying they are having great years but if our defensive line can’t do their job, everyone else will play poorly. If our defensive line doesn't do their job and tackle tiki barber, then Warrick Holdman has a better chance of wiffing on the tackle. If the quarterback has all day to throw then then Carlos is left on his island for longer. The Redskins continually skip over drafting a defensive lineman high, and until we do so, blitzes and stunts will only take us so far. Stop the madness, I want no more corners or linebackers drafted. Give me a stud on the d-lineman any day. Thoughts? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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