With the Giants convincing victory over Green Bay now reality, what lesson can we take from it? How can we look at New England's tromping of Denver's highly touted defense and apply their offensive production to our cast of players?
First of all, let's look at the Giants game. They play a 4-3 defensive scheme. It may not have got massive pressure on Rodgers, but they effectively stopped the run. I think our d-line is just as talented as theirs. It seems that line play is a lot about attitude. The Giants said they thought they would beat the Pack and had the confidence to do it. Seems to me that the Vikes should be able to stop the run with the talent they have up front. Right? When the vikes were winning, the d-line looked very good.
The Giants secondary seems stiffer than ours, but they also play more physical, tight coverage. I think we could take a lesson from that. If you don't give up easy underneath passes to recievers that can run with the ball after the catch, they won't score as much. Maybe it's a naive look, but i'm not a football guru, just a fan. Can't we acquire the secondary talent to play the Giant's style defense? Our linebackers are comparable, aren't they? Seems like were a couple good d-backs from that system.
Eli manning throws a good deep ball and is given protection. Helps him to look good this year. I think the Vikes o-line with key additions like kalil, zietler and/or nicks via free agency would really help. Webb throws a good deep ball and Ponder may just look much better with more experience and protection. They both have the potential to look good next year IMO. A big strong receiver similar to Hakeem Nicks to compliment Percy would really help that effort.
Next, look at the Pats. Our defense is already better than their's statistically, so how does their offense carry them? I think that Brady is a great QB and we won't be able to get someone of his caliber without some luck(no pun intended), but who cares? Look who he throws to. If his receivers don't get open, he still can't throw it to them, except for the Gronk.
Seems to me, they run a very effective slant pattern scheme to Welker with seam passes to their big TE's. Rudolph may not be a Gronk, but he's big and has good hands. I hope they work hard with him this off season on route running and vertical seam route catching skills like NE does with Gronk. Gronk is the offense along with Welker, for the Pats. As for Welker, he may be shifty and have hands of glue, but i think Percy is just as good, maybe better. I hope they work with percy on developing a new offensive scheme similar to NE's that allows him to get more touches like welker does.
Obviously our RB's are better than New England's. I'll take AD and 'hart All Day.
Overall, It feels like we are close to acquiring the talent at needed positions, and close to developing the talent we already have. It seems to me, that when you look at a team like San Francisco, and see what a difference good coaching and scheme changes make, We may be just a draft, free agency period, and impact coaching changes away from a whole new look.
Are there any good head coaching prospects available that look like they will make a seamless transition to the pro's?