NJ29 Posted October 19, 2009 Report Share Posted October 19, 2009 Here's just a few observations I've made...- Andre Johnson's huge performance this week doesn't change that this team is still very good against #1 receivers. He is, in my opinion, the best receiver in the league... Let's just keep that in mind. - The problem with the pass defense is our inability to matchup with second and third receivers, tight ends and running backs out of the backfield. For example...- I love Rey just as much as anyone, but even the coaching staff will acknowledge that he's playing out of position at the moment. He is a much better fit as a MIKE backer, and it's a big matchup problem to have middle backer playing SAM and a terribly slow Dhani Jones playing Mike. These pose a lot of difficult matchups, with Dhani matched up on tight ends, and god forbid, running backs out of backfield, is a nightmare for this defense.- When Rey moves to Mike next season, if we can bring in a quicker guy to play Sam, these matchup issues should be improved.- Michael Johnson is a defensive end. I feel like I rarely see him rushing the passer, and more often then not I see him as a strong side linebacker. This is an interesting use for him, but the bottom line is that MJ is a pass rusher, that's why we drafted him. Putting him back and trying to have him cover tight ends is not his strong suit and minimizes his upside and usefulness. If he gives offensive linemen fits like they say he does, then give him an opportunity to play end more in the wake of Odom's absence.- I'm a huge Chris Crocker fan, he's a really tough guy and he's one of the faces of this defense in my opinion, but he's a strong safety, and he absolutely is not the answer at nickel corner. He's a physical player, but coverage in the slot isn't his strength. This has been very clear at several points this season. - I've said for a long time that a more long term solution at nickel back is necessary. At this point in the NFL, your nickel corner can't have a big drop off from your starting guys, and using safeties and sixth round picks their is going to get you beat.- We struggled with Houston similarly with how we struggled with Pittsburgh in the first half for the same reason. We matchup pretty well with #1 and #2 receivers, but we struggle in the slot against teams with deep receiving corps and good receiving players at tight end and out of the backfield (see the performances from Owen Daniels, Steve Slaton, and Mike Wallace). - These mismatches are similar to bringing safeties up to play linebacker against the run. We're playing a big lineup against the pass at the moment, and it minimizes the amount of speed that we can get against the field. - What seems like a huge problem defending the pass against well rounded passing teams can be solved with the addition of just a couple key position players. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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