I am not saying that we let them move the ball. But I think we were conceding the underneath stuff. Trying to put them in third down situations and try to get stops, or drive the length of the field without making a mistake, and then trying to clamp down in the red zone.
I think that was the game plan. Obviously we didn't do as good of a job of that as we wanted, but fug it we won
Speculation in Boston is the Pats will run 4-5 wide. Conceed the power run game (because we're such a good run stuffing team), and dink and dunk our defense to death.
If Brady stays upright, it could work. Don't forget this is the first game of the season the Pats will have all of their offensive weapons. Gronk, replacement Welker, and Vereen being healthy makes a difference.
I have seen a couple people say this. I think we will be fine, because there has been a couple games where we have played nickel more than our base.
Another thing we do is we run a lot of our defense out of a 3-4 look and overload on one side. At least twice against San Fran we dropped Krakken or Johnson out into coverage to take away the quick slant and blitzed from the other side with a safety, CB, or LB.
I don't think it will be as easy as just spreading us out and trying to dink and dunk. Then again we haven't played anyone as smart or as good as Brady yet.
I still feel they have to run the ball effectively in order to be successful.
Great read all the way around about the similarities between our current defense and the 2003 defense. But my favorite part was a NY Giants guard talking about our defense. Before games you get the regular dose of coach speak and pumping up the competition. It is usually more telling to get a guys perspective after we have played them.
"Ugggggh," he told ESPN.com last week. "Man, that's a sore subject. Yeah, I watched them play San Francisco the other day and I was like, 'See? It wasn't just us!'
"Everybody after that game was like, 'Giants, they stink.' But now they go and do it to the 49ers, so what are you going to say now?"
The Panthers sacked 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick six times. They held a San Francisco team that was averaging more than
30 points a game during a five-game winning streak to 151 yards of total offense, 45 in the second half.
"They're a talented group," Boothe said of the Panthers. "That front seven, they have guys that are stout against the run and can also get after the passer. If you can get after the passer consistently with four rushers, you're going to be tough to beat."