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 Post subject: How to Slow Down Tom Brady: Get Home With Four
PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:45 pm 
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https://fullpresscoverage.com/2017/12/14/pittsburgh-steelers-key-slowing-tom-brady-get-home-four/


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Pittsburgh seems to have a weird infatuation with playing zone defense against the New England Patriots. It feels as if Steelers fans and media truly believe it is that, and that alone that causes their struggles against Tom Brady. As if Brady does not have good stats against man defenses, they think the easy solution to stopping, or slowing down the best quarterback of the decade is just by running a defense that he sees a large group of other teams run, and has success against. Let’s get real, Tom Brady beats defenses before the snap. Zone, man, it does not matter, once he knows what you are running, he knows where he is throwing the ball.
How to Slow Down Tom Brady: Get Home With Four

The only way to slow down Tom Brady will be to get pressure on him. Nobody can pick defenses apart running backward, and getting tossed onto the ground. Think about it, we always praise Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora for the New York Giants Super Bowl wins, not that vaunted man coverage.

However, this is a fine line as well. Brady is also the best quarterback in the NFL when it comes to beating the blitz. How the Giants eliminated that problem was to get home with just four pass rushers. The Patriots can only have five skill players. If you can drop seven defenders to take on five skill players, you are at an advantage. Of course, it means being at a disadvantage in terms of numbers when sending four men after five linemen.

This is not a revolutionary scheme to beat the Patriots, it is just straight up being better in the area in which you have to be better than them. It is not the easiest feat, and if the pressure does not come, the secondary still winds up being susceptible to being burnt when the play breaks down. But again, to think that beating a Tom Brady-led football team is easy in any capacity would be the first mistake.

When the Patriots offense has struggled in 2017, sacks have been the reason. Tom Brady has been sacked 29 times this season. His 2.2 sacks per game this season put him just barely better than the league average of 2.3. Yes, we found a statistic in which Brady and the Patriots have been average this season.

While attacking an offensive line and getting home with just four pass rushers is obviously tough, this is how the Tom Brady has been sacked so often this year. Of his 29 sacks, 21 have come from a four-man rush. Another one came on a three-man rush that caused a coverage sack.

In 76% of the times in which Tom Brady has been sacked in 2017, the defense did not blitz. This is how the Steelers have to do it.

This is going to mean big games needed out of not only the defensive line but the pass rushers. The defensive line should have a strong game. They are in a plus matchup. While David Andrews, the center has been fantastic and will cause issues for Javon Hargrave, their guard combination is the pass protection weakness of the team.

Their duo of Shaq Mason and Joe Thuney have allowed 9.5 sacks combined. Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt have to take advantage here. On top of that, the team just placed right tackle Marcus Cannon on the Injured Reserve this week. Cameron Fleming has started the past three weeks but has also been the culprit of two sacks. Bud Dupree has five sacks in 12 starts. He is going to be in an advantageous matchup here and will have to find a way to increase his production in this game.

Then, on the left side, is the matchup of the game. Nate Solder has been strong in pass protection against weaker competition but has also really struggled against top-level players. Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus, and Melvin Ingram are some of the few who have abused Solder.

What level is T.J. Watt on? Watt has been dropping into coverage more often, but last week, played really against an up and coming left tackle in Ronnie Stanley. When the Steelers are in base defense, Watt will likely still drop back. However, in nickel situations, which typically occurs on third downs, Watt needs to get home and force punts.

So while everyone is debating zone vs. man, just know that really is not the question. The five players who will decide this game on defense are Javon Hargrave, Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt.


And there it is.

There is also a breakdown of Sean Spence first start last week with gif's that is worth a read linked below.
https://fullpresscoverage.com/2017/12/14/3582/


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 Post subject: Re: How to Slow Down Tom Brady: Get Home With Four
PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:51 pm 
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pressure with four will beat any QB...pressure up the gut is key as well


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 Post subject: Re: How to Slow Down Tom Brady: Get Home With Four
PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:30 am 
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I've been saying this since the AFCCG. Pass rush pass rush pass rush, and I agree you can't blitz because Brady eats blitzes for breakfast. Get someone putting Brady on his ass whenever he steps back to pass while rushing only four and that'll cool that offenses's ass off. Need big games from Heyward, Hargrove, Tuitt, Watt, maybe Harrison from the bench. Absolutely must pressure Brady.


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 Post subject: Re: How to Slow Down Tom Brady: Get Home With Four
PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:59 am 
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Cam Heyward, Hargrave, Tuitt, Watt, Dupree, with Harrison subbing in.

That’s 6 players that if told their sole pupose in life is to hit Brady hard and hit him often I see no reason they can’t accomplish that mission.

Well, Dupree will have to stop playing like a giant pussy. But aside from that...

Steelers need to stop worrying about the symptoms (Gronk down the seam, RBs on our slow backers) and start dealing with the cause (Brady).

We don’t have the tools in terms of defense talent at too many areas to try to defend. Shaky corners & safties, slow & weak in the middle with Shazier down.

Strength of D is in those 6 with VW coming up middle.

Use that to cut the head off the snake.

Till they do that we will continue to get carved.


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 Post subject: Re: How to Slow Down Tom Brady: Get Home With Four
PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:22 am 
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Who wrote that article? Brady’s mom?
Pass rush is great... if you’re not pressing those receivers, Ernie’s telling Tomma where to throw, and he’s getting the ball out in a second or less.
Pressure doesn’t get to Tomma unless you’re beating the crap out of his targets at the LOS. The Pats offense is all about timing...you have to stop the clock.

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 Post subject: Re: How to Slow Down Tom Brady: Get Home With Four
PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:13 am 
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Jobus Rum wrote:
Who wrote that article? Brady’s mom?
Pass rush is great... if you’re not pressing those receivers, Ernie’s telling Tomma where to throw, and he’s getting the ball out in a second or less.
Pressure doesn’t get to Tomma unless you’re beating the crap out of his targets at the LOS. The Pats offense is all about timing...you have to stop the clock.


Absolutely! The article doesn't mention pressing the WR at the line of scrimmage, but I bet those 21 sacks that came from rushing four also included press man coverage. He kinda leaves those stats out. You can't give 10 yard cushions, ever! He'll throw slants all day long for 5 - 7 yard gains the whole way down the field - death by a thousand cuts.


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 Post subject: Re: How to Slow Down Tom Brady: Get Home With Four
PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:28 am 
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Also see this:

https://fullpresscoverage.com/2017/12/15/3729/

for a much more depressing read.


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 Post subject: Re: How to Slow Down Tom Brady: Get Home With Four
PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:32 am 
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I agree with this. The teams that have beaten Brady are able to do this. For some reason our 4 man rushes have never hit home against them.

I think our DLine can get this done, but they'll have to play much better than they have the past few weeks. Heyward has done his part, but Hargrave and Tuitt have been pretty quiet lately.

Heyward, Hargrave, Tuitt. Then a combination of blitzes from Watt/Harrison and Vince Williams. I think Vince Williams getting pressure from the middle is key this week. He's not a great cover ILB anyway so you might as well have him rush more often than not. I think Dupree is better off wandering in space because he's really a wasted pass rush since he pretty much long-loops himself out of every play when he does try and rush.

EDIT: I'd even consider moving Watt inside a bit to rush up the gut.

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 Post subject: Re: How to Slow Down Tom Brady: Get Home With Four
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if Tuitt or Heyward can't abuse Joe Thuney and get to the QB, then the Steelers don't deserve to win.

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 Post subject: Re: How to Slow Down Tom Brady: Get Home With Four
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R S wrote:
if Tuitt or Heyward can't abuse Joe Thuney and get to the QB, then the Steelers don't deserve to win.


I'd argue they don't deserve their game checks. Those guys are well paid.

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