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RE: Attacking D = Reboot

Posted: 1/26/2013 11:22 AM

RE: Attacking D = Reboot 

Game, SD ran that one-gap 30 front for years. I think that is what you mean. Correct if wrong.

So did Denver from the '77 to '88 seasons--they ran an attacking 3-4 defense with one-gap responsibilities. Remember Rulon Jones and Greg Kragen? They went to a 4-3 under Wade Phillips in '89 which was simpler, and more aggressive than even the 3-4 it replaced, but it was overtly simple--the worst possible thing to use against that Joe guy.

The Broncos' hopes were built largely on a revamped defense. Phillips had turned a finesse, read-on-the-run unit that had been overwhelmed in Super Bowls XXI and XXII into a physical, aggressive bunch.

"This is the first Super Bowl I've been in where the defense is considered important," veteran Denver linebacker Karl Mecklenburg said. "In the first two, the offense had to outscore our opponent for us to have a chance to win. Now, our scheme is more suited to winning a Super Bowl. We used to rely on deception, and any team that has two weeks to prepare for us could figure us out. Now we go after people. It allows us to outplay people."

The keys to Denver's aggressiveness were safeties Dennis Smith and Steve Atwater. They thrived on bouncing receivers around, and both vowed that the 49ers would pay physically for every catch.

"We are going to beat (Jerry) Rice and (John) Taylor up a bit," Smith said. "They really haven't been hit a lot in the playoffs. But when they catch a ball against us, they are going to remember it."

So, the Broncos dared to come out against the 49ers and play them straight up, with hardly any changes in their defensive schemes. What Montana saw in films he saw on the field: an aggressive front line but a soft secondary that relied on zones and the two talented safeties. All Montana needed was enough time and he was sure he could exploit these basic alignments. As it turned out, he got all the time he wanted. He rarely had to hurry a pass and was sacked only once. Even then, Montana was tackled at the line of scrimmage.

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Last edited 1/26/2013 11:26 AM by kosartoslaughter

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Posted: 1/26/2013 2:17 PM

RE: Attacking D = Reboot 

Frostee signed a 5 year deal, so maybe they'll let him give the 3-4 end spot a try. Parker was a one year deal, I can't see him sticking around.

Wake me up when we are 10 and 6...

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