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Old 09-29-2013, 03:45 PM   #1
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Default we need a nickel defense

i dont believe we've gone away from our base defense (back 7) at any point this season on an obvious passing down. not having guys like holloman, swearinger, and auguste limits the versatility we had last year.
i know the thread title is going to warrant a "we need a defense period" response, but this isnt about a cure all, this is about obvious pass situation defense. i dont believe we've gone away from base back 7 defense at any point this season. the thought process initially may have been because of scheme and the spur essentially being a nickelback position in our base defense, but it hasnt worked for whatever or a myriad of reasons on obvious passing downs. the spur position, the lb's aside from tj holloman, and the safeties just havent made plays in these situations.

we need to bring a 3rd corner on the field, or chaz elder and get a little more versatility than we currently have. something we did last year when were healthy with auguste starting in place of legree down the stretch was put legree at safety with brison on the obvious passing downs with swearinger in the slot. we've got to do something different at safety, lb, corner, 2 out of 3, or all 3. the other option in conjunction with some of the other suggestions is taking one of the true lb's off the field and putting marcus, brison, or even gurley in the box essentially playing the 2nd lb spot.

the other obvious thing is if teams are max protecting or keeping a tight end we've got to bring at least 5 people more often because too often clowney is the only guy bringing heat. the stunt worked for us on the holloman interception, but we have to try more pressures.
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Default Re: we need a nickel defense

I'm confused, because I thought our base defense was a 4-2-5. If it still is, then I find the thread funny, because I remember Lawing being asked a question about the 4-2-5 and he laughed and said, "Our base defense is a nickel defense, that's all."
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Default Re: we need a nickel defense

yes i know and thats what im saying, we need a true(r) nickel defense or different personnel. the 4-2-5 is our base defense which is essentially just a nickel defense with the spur as nickelback, but we've always called our different personnel nickel defense as our nickel defense as opposed to our base defense which is a nickel defense.

or if im not going to confuse everyone else including myself with that last sentence, we essentially line up the same, its just different personnel. we saw auguste and swearinger take on that nickelback role last year. this year only golightly, and i cant believe the base personnel is the only option when we've had so many problems in situations when we know the pass is coming.
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Default Re: we need a nickel defense

on another note their first td in the 4th quarter was very troubling.
http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9737275

this isnt related necessarily related to the nickel defense since it was 2nd and 1, but if we dont make better calls, guys dont start playing with better instincts or make smarter decisions then it wont matter what the personnel is.

here we come out with a 3 down line with chaz standing up on the end. on the snap, chaz releases to cover the flat and we rush 3. the tight end chips clowney and releases to the flat and the rb gives a semi chip on other outside rusher and releases to the flat. holloman picks up the tight end, sutton is in perfect position to cover the rb yet the other lb bites extremely hard on the rb despite sutton already being in that area and the qb not looking in that direction whatsoever.

dont know if brison, golightly, or the other backer was at fault or all 3, but basically both of their wide receivers on the left side of the formation ran 10-15 yard routes into the middle of the field and likely either one of them would have scored on that play. which is inexcusable with an 18 point lead.
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