Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Ballroom Blitz: Will Coach B Send Them In Atlanta?

There's been a lot of talk recently about the ineffectiveness of blitzing against the astonishingly athletic Michael Vick. The consensus seems to be that you just can't do it. That's precisely why I think Coach Bill will do it on Sunday.

As Herald reporter Michael Felger aptly points out (he really is pretty good at football analysis, but seems to always have a ludicrous opinion about baseball), Atlanta features the so-called Zone Blocking system on offense, borrowed from the Denver Broncos. This scheme is apparently helpful to the running style of Warrick Dunn (not to mention Vick himself).

But given the way the linebacking crew has failed recently, why not just blitz often and put pressure on Vick and his sprained right MCL. Besides, one of the off-shoots of Zone Blocking is the cut-block, which, as Felger also points out, is what nailed Bryan Cox a few years back. Obviously, we can't risk any more injuries on defense, so I say, "Unleash The Hounds": blitz, blitz, blitz.

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