In a win or go home game, the Dallas defense opted for a shorter season. This was mostly because the defensive genius of Rob Ryan failed to recognize even the most basic of offensive plays. Neither, did he understand the physical limitations of his players, nor did he properly coach his players in the most fundamental aspects of the game, to whit, how to tackle properly or to be in the proper position to make a play.
Utilizing a 3-4 defensive scheme, there is absolutely no reason why a fullback in the flats should be a successful play, yet, it was in succession! Another basic play, a wide receiver out, should be covered for minimal gain, and shouldn’t be a touchdown with safety help. However, apparently the Dallas defense doesn’t know what a safety does in football. Nor does the defense know how to properly execute a thingy most players know as a “tackle“. Which isn’t too bad when compared to Dallas’ offensive line who don’t seem to understand a thingy most players commonly know as a block.
In the traditional utilization of the 3-4, it is best against the run. Many teams have adopted a modified 3-4 in which one of the linebackers moves forward and essentially becomes a lineman. The advantage of this over the 4-3 is that one doesn’t know which of 4 linebackers is going to be the lineman. Rushing only 3 down linemen against a player such as Manning is absurd, especially considering the lack of speed Dallas’ d-backs have. Multiple blitzing personal is a trick play and should never be utilized to the point of predictability. The way to avoid such massive stupidity would be to move to a traditional 4-3 scheme and blitz a linebacker or an d-back on occasion. Thus, always having more than 3 rushing the QB and the loss of predictability.
As the NFL continues to spew the notion that the Ryan’s have some sort of defensive prowess, they both will be sitting at home watching the playoffs because they both can’t grasp how to pressure a quarterback without the predictable multiple personnel blitz. Nor, can either fathom playing man-to-man, with the d-backs much slower than the receivers, is a recipe for disaster. A junior varsity football coach could destroy their defensive schemes.