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7-Things For Sunday.

By TOM

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5. They Have a Good Defense.- They have an underrated defense. "There's definitely some carry over, you can see that: the personality of the defense, the style, aggressive nature that they play with," BB said. "The front is definitely a strength of theirs, can be very problematic. They've got some good players. They do a lot of movement. They have two good edge rushers. I know Morgan's banged up but Bass comes in there and does the same thing. Orakpo's certainly a problem. I really think Casey's a very, very good player inside. They've got some other guys that are stout in there with Hill and Woods and Jones as well and then they blitz their linebackers in every combination that you can imagine. I think their inside linebackers have ten sacks between the two of them, which I would say is rare relative to most of the teams that we play. We're going to have to be on our toes on every snap because they do pressure and challenge you in many ways relative to picking up the people that are coming after the quarterback. That aggressive nature carries over into third down and actually goes up I believe in terms of percentages. A lot of different things we've got to prepare for. I'd say a lot of it, you have some familiarity with relative to times you've played against Coach LeaBeau and Ray [Horton], when we've played against Ray in Arizona and Cleveland. But I think each week it's different as you start to learn the team because these guys are really well coached and they're going to adapt their scheme and what they're doing to the players that they have, and that may be a little different than the teams that they've coached before. No different than what we do on offense here. [They] got a lot of new players to learn and get familiar with and help our guys study and be ready for and a very difficult scheme to prepare for as well. We're going to need a lot of good communication and good execution in order to move the ball consistently on Sunday afternoon." They can hit the QB.

Plus, the infamous troublemaker Dick LeBeau is now their DC. "I'd say he definitely popularized it," BB said about LeBeau's zone blitz scheme. "When I was at the Giants, we ran some of that, but it was nowhere near to the degree that he ran it. We would just bring an extra guy at times based on formation or tendency or particular key, that kind of thing where we just add another guy in and still play zone behind it. When you have a 3-4 defense, the teams that ran the West Coast offense, they only had one protector on the strong side, so they get three guys out to the strong side and they would only have one blocker, so they would have to throw hot if you brought two guys over there. But the zone blitz really killed that because there was a guy standing there to the guy that you were throwing hot to. I think once kind of everybody saw. and again the West Coast offense was pretty, I'd say more prevalent and it didn't have as many variations as it has now both in the running game and the passing game. Back in the early to mid-90's with San Francisco and Mike Holmgren and all those guys, the zone blitz was a very effective way to play that offense because of the amount of three out strong, only one protector on the strong side, that if you brought two, they didn't have it. I think it really became popular there, and then that evolved into bringing two up the middle and two off the weak side and doing it out of sub and everything else. Dick was really the one who made it an entire package. I would say at the Giants when we used it, it was more of either a very small situational call like short yardage or tight formations or that kind of thing or it was again something kind of specific. He made it just as a general defensive principle and developed it in a way that was very comprehensive on a number of levels. From a coverage standpoint, from attacking the pocket standpoint and also from a run defense perspective. Dick was really the guy that put that whole package together. Again I think there were maybe some random satellite elements of it here and there, and again I had some experience with that at the Giants, what we did, but nowhere near to the degree that he did it and popularized it." Their defense has been playing over their heads this season, especially when you consider the trouble that rookie QB will put their teams in.

6. Pats Defense- However, our defense has been Killing it as well this season. They will miss Easley, but it looks like Hicks is turning the corner into more than just a good player. "I think Akiem has been pretty consistent for us," BB said. "I'm sure everybody wants to focus on one or two plays in this game like it was dramatically different from every other game, but I didn't really see that as the case. He had production in this game, but he's had production in other games. Some have been sacks, some haven't, but he's done a good job for us in there. He's big, he's long. I think he complements Branch well. They have some similarities but they have some differences, and they've been productive for us in there along with Malcom and Easley." When he gets low and mean there are not a lot of NFL linemen who can stop him.

Now they have to make up for Easley, who is not a big power player like Hicks, Malcolm, and Siliga. He is a smaller burst up field player, like Grissom? "He played four technique in college his junior year, four/three, and then last year he played outside linebacker with some end," BB said. "But they also moved him inside because they have pretty good depth at defensive end and he has good length so he moved inside. Same thing he did for us in preseason. Geneo is obviously a young player, works hard, has a good skillset to do a lot of different things and he's done that. He's been outside to inside, been involved in the kicking game, which for a defensive lineman you don't always see a lot of that. He's continuing to make progress. Nobody works harder than he does. He puts in a lot of time and is a very dedicated athlete and just keeps getting better." So he will take over the Easley role. He has to get into the backfield.

Plus, they have been using Sheard as an inside rusher in both Dime and Nickel units. "I'd say the big thing about Jabaal that has kind of been a little bit of a revelation is just his versatility. In Cleveland he basically just played left defensive end on every play: first down, second down, third down, and he played it well. Here as you've seen we've used him in different spot. He's played inside. He's had a lot of production inside. He's played outside, has had a lot of production outside. He's played on the right as well as on the left. Although it's been more on the left, but he's played on both. He's had coverage responsibilities, which I'd say he's had either zero to very little of in Cleveland. But he's long, he's athletic, he's got very good paying strength, has got good in-line quickness. He's a hard guy to block in the run game. He's a hard guy to block in the pass game. And he can match up against a lot of different players both inside and outside so that's really been [a nice Christmas present]. [I] didn't know that he couldn't do it. [I] didn't know that he could do it, just didn't know. But he's done a good job with all that. Has given us a lot of versatility as well as production obviously. I mean he could just line up in one spot and play that well, too, but his ability to move around helps us do some other things." They will hit Mariota this week.

Plus Sheard has been on a tear. "He's in a different system," BB said. "It's not his fault that he was in one system. It's not his fault that he's in another system. It is what it is. I'm sure he did what he was asked to do in Cleveland. That's what they wanted him to do and he did a great job with it. He came here, we asked him to do some different things, it went well, we continued to do it, we built in it, he worked hard to learn some different coverage techniques, inside pass rush techniques. It's a little different angle of going to the quarterback, different in the games, working off the outside lineman instead of always working off the inside guy, things like that. He's worked hard to adapt to those changes or those things we've asked him to do. We didn't know exactly how it would turn out. Sometimes some guys can do it, sometimes they can't." He clearly can.

They just need the secondary to come together without McCourty. Harmon is going to play a big role in this game. "Duron has been pretty steady as far as his I'd say development as a player," BB said. "He was a pretty smart guy coming in, played in a good program obviously, was able to contribute for us as a rookie, but works really hard in the offseason, works hard in-season, is always doing things to get better in the training room in terms of his physical training, his preparation, his on the field communication, practice habits. Obviously working with Devin is a great benefit for him because I don't think anybody plays the position better than Devin does. A lot of times they're playing it together or in a complementary position so that's all been good for him, but Duron has gotten better, gets better every week, gets better every year, works really hard, very dedicated and has helped us in the kicking game this year as well, which that role has increased for him over the last three years. He's improved in every area and he's a great teammate, great guy to have on the team in whatever role it is, works to help the offense get better in terms of being on the scout team and things like that. He does everything you ask him to do and does the best he can." So he will be in charge of the field communications this week.

He has played better and better every time they give him an opportunity on the field. "Duron has been pretty steady as far as his I'd say development as a player," BB said. "He was a pretty smart guy coming in, played in a good program obviously, was able to contribute for us as a rookie, but works really hard in the offseason, works hard in-season, is always doing things to get better in the training room in terms of his physical training, his preparation, his on the field communication, practice habits. Obviously working with Devin [McCourty] is a great benefit for him because I don't think anybody plays the position better than Devin does. A lot of times they're playing it together or in a complementary position so that's all been good for him, but Duron has gotten better, gets better every week, gets better every year, works really hard, very dedicated and has helped us in the kicking game this year as well, which that role has increased for him over the last three years. He's improved in every area and he's a great teammate, great guy to have on the team in whatever role it is, works to help the offense get better in terms of being on the scout team and things like that. He does everything you ask him to do and does the best he can." He is going to have to step it up again, and become the leader of the secondary until McCourty is back.

7. Run Run Rudolph- With Brady on the injured list, they are going to try to step up the run game. You might have to get 20-plus carries out of Bolden, who had a career high 16 carries last week. "He definitely did that in college," BB said. "I'd say he's done that. Look, he's been a four-down player for us, so he's played the role of a big back, he's played the role of a sub back and he's played well for us in the kicking game on fourth down. I mean I think it would be hard to increase each role. It's possible, but I think it would be hard realistically to do that, but maybe that needs to be done. I don't know, we'll see. Or maybe you just increase one or decrease another. I think we're going to have to figure that out. It might vary from game to game, not sure if it will be the same every week, which it's hard to find anybody's role on our team that's the same every week. Is there another part to that or was that both parts?" They need him to be as good this week as he was last week.

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