Im gettin tired of Pettine's scheme the last number of weeks.
Seems like most of the time we have 5 or 6 in the box (only rushing 3 or 4), while dropping 5 or 6 into a large cushion man coverage or a deeper zone coverage. Most of the time we dont have all of the gaps filled in the run game with so few players in the box, and Blake Martinez is most certainly not good enough to handle the run game and multiple gaps by himself. Most of the time the QB has enough time to go through his reads and wait for one of his options to run through an unoccupied zone. The funny thing about this style of defense is that its supposed to prevent the longer big chunk plays, that has not been the case.
Our defense's strengths lie in our big powerful edge rushers, and our uber athletic secondary. I wish we would go back to playing a more aggressive style of defense, where we can actually dictate things. Id like to see every one up or near the line, except one deep safety, and a strong side safety about ten yards back. Id have our outside corners man up near the line as well. Id then utilize our stout edge guys to squeeze the pocket and our interior to collapse pockets forcing the ball to be released in about half the time as usual by bringing 5 nearly every play. If we get beat over the top from time to time, so be it. At least it wouldnt be a 12 play 8 minute drive that gasses our defense and has our offense lose their rhythm.
I have no idea what the numbers are, but weve given up a ton of points per drive over the last 5 games or so as well as tons of long sustained drives and still a high average on yards per play.
The prevent style of defense needs to go. Pettine has been a major disappointment so far this season.