Now they're back to the dink and dunk. I think Cleveland showed a good blueprint to beat that. I would like to see 2 DL, 5 LB, 4 DB, especially against those 2 TE formations the Pats were using. There's no reason to put a guy like Gay in to cover a big TE. If the Pats want to let us use a minimum number of CBs (our biggest weakness on D) I'd say thank you and put in an extra LB or Safety instead. We should be able to generate some pressure with creative pass rushes from 4 men. Put 5 LBs out there, and have everybody moving around, who knows who's coming, and from where? Or who looks like they're coming, but they're actually dropping back into coverage, right where you want to throw your quick pass to get rid of the ball before the guy you didn't see takes your head off? We have the athletes at LB to do it.
That said, Cleveland just unveiled that blueprint the week before we played the Pats. Plus we had a short week. No chance to really implement something that new effectively in just a few days. I had a feeling LeBeau would go with a fairly standard defense in those circumstances, to see how the new Pats dink and dunk compares to the old one. I think we'll see something more creative next time we play them.
But, I do think a large part is drafting better corners. We need guys who can play man to man. You look at teams that have given Brady fits, the Dolphins have done it and they use a 3-4, the Ravens did it last year in the playoffs and they use a 3-4, the Chargers completely shut Brady down this year, and they use a 3-4, and the Jets have been effective against Brady at times and they use a 3-4. Put Revis and Cromartie on the Steelers and I think you see a completely different game this past week.