When trying to think of ways I would hope the Houston Texans could scheme against the New Orleans Saints, I began looking at
Aside from needing to pick up the blitzes drawn up by
In other words, there wasn't a lot of meat to a
Yes, I suppose it would make more sense to see what
In his last 38 starts (playoff games included), Saints quarterback Drew Brees has had six (6!) games with a quarterback rating below 80. I’ll let you soak that in for a minute. That’s an impressive feat.
If you want to put that statistical nugget into some context, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have eight games below 80 in each of their last 38 starts. For those wondering, as I know I am, Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has 10 sub-80 rated games in his last 38 starts...not too Schaubby, but I digress.
The focus here is Brees, and that has been Wade Phillips’ focus since about 6 p.m. last Sunday. This week’s game promises to be a chess match between an elite veteran quarterback and a savvy defensive coordinator. The outcome of said chess match remains shrouded in mystery – except for the fact that we can look at recent history to give us some sort of raging clue.
The 14-point drop in QB Rating and near 8-point drop in percentage completion, obviously, comes from pressure. Wade’s defenses have averaged three sacks and six hits against Brees in the last two years – about double the Breesian average of about 1.5 sacks and 3 point-something hits in that same time period.
"Pressure and harass the quarterback? We know that already," says the smart BRB reader, "What's the point of all these words?" The point, beyond setting up a discussion of pass rush packages, is where said rush needs to come from.
Mario Williams and Antonio Smith line up more on the defensive left/weak side and will likely do what they’re known for (getting pressure, for those who don’t know), but the key, it appears, is getting that right side pressure.
Not only is the right side where
You won’t stop a Drew Brees, but you can knock him around, disrupt
What other match-ups are key to this game? Is the defense on the back of Mario for Sunday or will the rush come from everywhere? How would you attack