Genius led Dallas Defense Gives up 31 Points

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.  

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24 Responses to Genius led Dallas Defense Gives up 31 Points

  1. I think it boils down to the QB’s. In Dallas I think the entire teams has doubts about Tony Romo and it affects their efforts. They don’t believe that if they put everything they have into playing that Romo will come through for them when the chips are down. Tony Romo has gone south in every big game. I still remember how awful he played in the game where he had gone to Mexico with Jessica Simpson the week before. Jason Witten covered for him in the media that week. Funny how we see Romo yelling at other players when they make a mistake when I see him making mistakes all the time. Jesus said to take the beam out of your own eye then you’ll see clearly to remove the speck of sawdust out of someone elses eye.

    In New York it has become clear that Mark Sanchez is not what he was touted to be out of college. All the players are pros. They know what they have in him. They know he hurts the team more than he helps it. They too, like Dallas, don’t have confidence that it’s worth their utmost because the QB will just blow it, even blow it repeatedly in the same game, and ruin their efforts. Mark Sanchez is in waaay over his head. But some people keep saying he brought the Jets to the AFC finals twice, and is a winner. The truth is the Jets got to the AFC finals twice in spite of him. With a good QB they may have already won a Super Bowl with the team they have. The back up at Green Bay is a free agent at the end of the season. Will the Jets go after him? I have always liked Matt Flynn, the back up at Green Bay. Last year when he was in playing against New England they were one play away from beating them, literally one play away. People saw yesterday that he is just as good as Aaron Rogers. They also may have seen that Rogers is being overrated, because if the back up can come in and get 480 yds and 6 tds, and beat a good team, then maybe there’s more going on at GB than Aaron Rogers.

    • suyts says:

      Well, I don’t share your opinion about Romo, I certainly do with Sanchez. Romo is going through what every Dallas QB goes through. Well, every good QB. They said the same about Elway, Favre, Eli, …… There will be doubts about his ability to deliver in the “big game” until he wins a Super Bowl. I think he’ll get there. Maybe not, Danny White was a good QB with Dallas, but he never took them there. In terms of raw numbers, he certainly has shown he can play with the best. This year, the team simply wasn’t good enough to compete at the high level of play necessary. I didn’t see it as Romo failing to produce. I think his numbers were good enough to win. I see it as it was mostly the defense which let the team down, though, some of the play calling and time management were highly questionable. 4th and a long 1 and a QB sneak? Romo performs better out of the pocket. Roll him out with the option to run or pass in those positions! Witten running parallel on a route would be optimal with the receivers running deep to clear the DB’s out of the area of attack.

      Romo didn’t score the 31 points for the Giants, and the Dallas defense didn’t do much to prevent it, either. I blame Ryan’s inability to react during the game. The safeties needed to play tighter with Cruz. They didn’t and Cruz smoked Dallas’ cornerbacks. Newman has been a good DB, but he just doesn’t have the physical ability to play with the better receivers in the league. But, then, neither does any of the other Dallas cornerbacks. Why Ryan doesn’t understand this is beyond me. Ryan did exactly the opposite of what is necessary. He made Dallas’ weak point pivotable to the game!

      As far as Sanchez goes, he doesn’t even put up numbers. Big or little games, he’s mediocre at best. Matt Flynn gets to write his own check. You’re right, he’s been very impressive and his latest outing showed just how good he can be. I’d be careful if I were an average offense, though. KC shows what can happen to promising QBs when put on a very average pass offense. And, you’re right about the Jets past success. They got there with good defense and a good ground game. Which is where the Jets went wrong this year. They tried to rely to heavily on Sanchez. And he just can’t.

      Well, hope springs eternal, like most fans, we’ll have to be content with saying “wait until next year!” I think if Dallas solidifies their DB situation, their future next year will be bright. Jones and Murray should make a formidable RB tandem. The O-line should be much improved and the receiving corps is outstanding. We’ll see. Your Bears also have hope for a brighter year next year providing their key players can stay healthy. They really need to get some help for Forte so he doesn’t have to carry such a load. I certainly appreciate backs that can do it all, but when forced to do it all, the careers of such talent gets shortened considerably. On the other side of the conferences, the Dolphins just need a coach (I’m a ‘phins fan as well as a ‘boys fan.) Their finish after such a dismal start shows what they could have done. And Bush showed he can carry the load and be more than just a situational player. Wait until next year!

      I like the Steelers and the Saints in the big one this year. But, the Packers will probably be the odds favorite. It should be a very competitive and exciting playoff in both conferences.

      • The Bears aren’t my team. It seemed like it because I wanted Favre to go there. I actually dislike them.

      • I was a Packer fan from the middle 70’s until—-until they treated Favre so terribly. I root for them to lose. I don’t really have a favorite team. I just like to see a good game. Though if Atlanta could win I’d be happy because I like Matt Ryan a lot. Too bad he’s stuck on a team with bad coaching. If he wasn’t playing for Atlanta they’d be awful and their coach would have already been fired. Matt Ryan is to Atlanta what Peyton Manning is to Indy.

        • suyts says:

          I agree. There’s an awful lot of talent at Atlanta. They just can’t seem to get to the next level. So, you have to look at the coach for that.

  2. I see the elevator not going to the top with Tony Romo in the area of maturity.

  3. I think it’s going to be New Orleans too in the NFC. I think green Bay caught a little luck last year. that rarely happens two years in a row. NO is killing teams right now, too much momentum with them. I can’t tell right now in the AFC. Probably Pittsburgh because they have so much experience in the play offs and because New England isn’t using the signal stealing cam corders anymore.

  4. I have the Rose Bowl on now. Good game. Though it’s hard to watch the continual arrogance from Oregon. I’m rooting for them to lose just because of those chrome helmets they got just for this game.

  5. Anything is possible says:

    AAM :

    How did the Packers treat Favre terribly?

    He retired, they moved on (best decision ever, as it turned out) and when he tried to come back, they traded him (as they were perfectly entitled to do) to a team (the Jets) that had a legitimate chance of contending.

    Kindly spare me the “treated him terribly.” What next, a pity party for Michael Mann? (:-

    And, getting back on topic, the Cowboys perennially under-achieve because they are undisciplined. They are undisciplined because their last 2 coaches have been spineless. The last 2 coaches have been spineless because the last thing Jerry Jones wants is a coach with backbone – somebody who might actually stand up to him.

    • suyts says:

      I can’t argue with the Cowboy assessment. Watching them miss tackle after tackle….. watching them be out of position……. receivers taking plays off….. its maddening. Were it me, I’d much rather a team that plays fundamentally sound ball than people who can run fast, jump high, and bench press.

    • Brett Favre is the second most famous name in the history of the history of the Green Bay Packers, second only to Vince Lombardi. So that alone should have earned him respect with the front office at Green Bay. He wanted to come back. They told him they didn’t want him back and said they would send his locker to him. He said he wanted to come back and play. They said he could be a team representative. He never considered taking that role, though, for some reason, ESPN kept reporting he was considering it. He wanted to play. Then they said they take him back as a 4th stringer with no chance to compete for the starting job. He said he had the right to compete for the job. Then Minnesota and Tampa Bay said they wanted him. Jon Gruden was ready to offer a sweet deal to them, if I remember correctly, it was a 1st rounder in the next draft, a 2nd rounder in the following year, and another 2nd rounder the year after that. They said they would not trade him to either Minnesota or Tampa Bay, even with the sweet offer from Tampa Bay. They would ONLY trade to to a crap team that they would likely not face for a while—the New York Jets.

      A side note: When the 49ers wanted to move on to a new starter after Joe Montana, Marty Shottenheimer at Kansas City said he really wanted him and would work out a trade. San Francisco agreed and Montana went to Kansas City. They never told Montana they would send him his locker, or make him a team representative, or take him back but make him 4th string with no chance of competing for the starting position, and finally trading him to a crap team they would not probably face for a while.

      What Green Bay did to Brett Favre was senseless. A poll was taken at the time and 75% of Packer fans wanted Favre back as starter. Management at Green Bay treated Favre in a way that can only be explained as ego driven. They were afraid because they knew he was still a very good player and would burn them if he went to Tampa Bay. But the general manager, Ted Thompson, wanted to build his own team in his own way, even if Aaron Rogers wasn’t as good as Favre. Being the second most famous name in Packer history earned Favre better than all this. I, as a fan of the Packers for more than 30 years, wanted him to be treated better. And I am certain many other Packers fans did too. Not only did the front office at Green Bay disrespect Brett Favre they disrespected the fans. Thus, I am no longer their fan.

      • Anything is possible says:

        LOL! If you feel that strongly, we’ll just have to agree to differ.

        • So you think that treatment was ok?

        • So you don’t like Favre in the first place?

        • Anything is possible says:

          AAM – I’ve had this conversation dozens of times before, so I’ll keep my reply as brief as possible :

          When Favre “unretired” in 2008, I don’t believe (for a variety of reasons) he had any intention of ever pulling on a Packers uniform again. For their part, Packers management had no desire to see him do so. On the face of it , no conflict of interest.

          The reason everything got so ugly and contentious was that neither side was prepared to accept responsibility for their decision. Favre – seeking to keep his legacy and popularity intact – spun the whole thing as though Packers management were forcing him out. Packers management, for their part, were conscious that had Aaron Rodgers proved a bust, letting Favre go would have gone down as the biggest blunder in NFL history, so they spun the whole thing as though Favre was putting them in an impossible position which gave them no choice but to let him go. In short, neither party exactly “covered themselves in glory” on this one.

          FWIW, Brett Favre has not been the only Packers star to find his tenure abruptly terminated when Ted Thompson judged that the time was right to move on without them – KGB, Mark Tauscher and Al Harris each suffered the same fate (it was the right thing to do each time) and I have no doubt that if Chad Clifton, Donald Driver and Charles Woodson don’t retire first, they will suffer the same fate.

          Nothing personal just business, but without that streak of ruthlessness, no GM in the NFL could do his job properly.

          And to answer your second question, I loved Brett Favre (warts and all) for the entire 17 season he was the Packers QB. Unlike you however, I had no trouble letting go when the time was right.

          As I said, “agree to differ” (:-

        • There was no spinning going on by either side. Favre wanted to play in Green Bay again. Aaron Rogers was Ted Thompson’s golden boy. I am originally from that area. I know what happened there. Having Aaron Rogers become a starter was what Ted Thompson was going to do no matter what. Thompson treated Favre like crap for 2 years. He wanted him out. He didn’t care what he was doing to the fans. He didn’t care what he was doing to Favre. He has an ego that knows no bounds. Even Mark Murphy was getting fed up with how stubborn Ted Thompson was being. If they had taken Tampa Bay’s offer I would believe your scenario. Not only did Thompson fear trading him to Tampa Bay, he wanted to send Favre to a no man’s land with the Jets. No one was going to stand up to him and walk away unscathed. It was a power struggle. Thompson went so far as to go to Favre’s house when he knew only his wife and daughter were home and go inside. He wanted to stick his nose into Brett Favre’s life, like some mafia don proving a point to an enemy, for Favres daring to say management wasn’t building a good team. When Favre pulled up in the driveway Thompson walked out the door to meet Favre there as he was getting out of his truck. The look on Favre’s face was caught on film as there was a bus load of media in front of his house. Ted Thompson is an a@%*#le. What’s precious about all of what Favre said over those two years must have gotten to Thompson because Dom Capers was added to the team as defensive coordinator—only after Favre was gone.. Either Thompson wised up and saw the GB defense was crap, or Mark Murphy, his boss, wasn’t waiting any longer for him to do something about the awful defense and just went and hired Dom Capers himself.

          There was no spinning. There was an ego in the office.

  6. Anything is possible says:

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