Interesting defensive wrinkle by Bills
- Interesting comment (not mine!) that I ran across today:
I re-watched a bunch of the game to see what they were doing. For
much of the game, they were actually double-covering (by rolling
a safety over) BRANCH, focusing on taking him completely out of
the game. With Ochocinco ineffective, this essentially took away
the outside recievers. Then the Bills crowded their other players
up to the line and focused on stopping the run and short passes
to the RB, and clogging up the short passing space that Gronk and
Welker were working in with a zone defense. At least, that's what
it looked like to me.
The result was that Gronk and Welker were matched up against guys
they could beat, and had holes in the zone to find, and both had
big days. However, with the running game stalled and no outside
receivers to throw to, Brady ONLY had them as viable options, and
the Bills were able to clog the zones just enough to bat his
passes or bait him into a bad throw, and to jump on the routes
that Welker and Gronk were running.
It was a very risky strategy, but it obviously worked. However,
I'm not sure it can be duplicated. First, if Hernandez had
played, it woulnd't have worked as well--with three viable inside
options it would have put more pressure on the zone. Second, it
relied on Ochocinco not being able to beat single coverage...but
that may not continue (and if it does, he'll be
replaced). Finally, given time the Pats O-coordinator or Brady
might figure out what the Bills were doing and get around their
aggressive route jumping.
Rich Carreiro rlcarr@...