Welcome to the manzone. It's a kind of pasta. Syke(sic)(Psych?)

It seems to me that the Seahawks played an awful lot of zone in that first half and got burned. I could be wrong, but let's assume I'm right. Zone is useful for two purposes, A. to hide weak defenders, and 2. to create turnovers. Regarding article 1, zone allows the defender to keep everything in front of him and limit big plays. Regarding article B, Zone creates turnovers by having as many men as possible watching the QB, thus enabling them to jump routes and catch tipped ballz. However, the effectiveness of a zone actually relies entirely on the ability to pressure the passer. If hurried, the QB is more likely to lose velocity and accuracy and is more likely to misread depth and proximity. For example, the Sherman pick 6. Schaub rolls out and looks into the scary soul of KAM! and has no time to think or set his feet. He reacts by throwing a weak ball to the closest guy he sees. Sherman, on the other hand, sits back and watches. He gets to set his feet and he drives on the ball and intercepts it. Moving on. Now if the QB is not pressured, he can sit back and wait for a receiver to find an opening, look off defenders, pump fake defenders, and set his feet for a high velocity, high accuracy throw. That was Schaub in first half.

Man defense is just the opposite of everything I just wrote. It highlights good defenders, but it is more prone to big plays and is harder to create turnovers. Instead of the defense looking into the backfield and being able to drive on the ball, they are instead looking at their man and reacting to whatever he does. If he looks for the ball and slows down, they look for the ball and slow down. If he opens up the throttle, they open up the throttle. Because of this delay in information, the receiver has a big advantage in jump ball situations. The defender cannot fully commit to anything, lest he be burned by double moves. For example, a wheel route. If the defender drives on the out route, he's dead. Okay, you get the picture now. Now to QB pressure. If the QB is hurried, the receivers will look covered and the timing will be off. This may deter a pass, but since the defender in coverage isn't looking at the QB, the QB can take chances with what I'll call jump balls. The defender isn't likely to intercept it, but the receiver isn't as likely to catch it either. Everything I just said is just as true without pressure. Without pressure on the QB, receivers still won't look as open and the defenders are still less likely to make an interception. The difference then, is that Man coverage is like a tight poker player, and zone coverage is like a loose poker player. The tight player doesn't win big or fast or lose big or fast, while the loose player wins big and loses big.

The difference with football is pressure. If you can dominate the line of scrimmage, play zone all day every day. If you can't, play man. Unfortunately for our hearts and minds, the Seahawks forgot about 10 AM starts and home field jumps. Fortunately for our hearts and minds, they figured it out in the second half and were helped with some luck.


The defense was cocky, and so was the offense.

For some silly reason like pride and arrogance, it appears that Carrol/Bevell/Wilson thought they could just call slow developing routes and the offensive line would be able to hold back one of the top defensive lines in the league. DUH! THEY CAN'T!

Look here people, everyone on the line was basically a rookie, except for Paul MQ, who was just straight up out of position. These guys didn't know what the fuck they were doing, and they were playing in a loud stadium, and they were playing across from JJ Watt and friends. Of course they were going to get killed. But the ding dongs calling the plays appeared to have outthunk itselfs. I keep getting the feeling that Bevell is like that kid who throws up rock every time in rock, paper, scissors, thinking that the other guy won't expect the same thing twice. Little does he know that the other guy has the same game plan, and if you keep throwing up rock, he's gonna keep on throwing paper and beating you. He's like 5 forflyingfuckssake, he's not going to throw up scissors just for the hell of it, he's going to figure out the pattern real quick and laugh all the way to the candy bank. You work yourself up into a dizzy tizzy like that bald dude from the Princess Bride, and you lose. You know how the Seahawks scored their only offensive TD? Russell Wilson just straight up ran away from the pressure. They covered your shit deep and the crushed the offensive line and Russell just killed them reluctantly.

I suggest one roll out per 3 plays. Like, just to get my bases covered bro, i'd do like 1. roll out to run pass option 2. slow play double move, 30 yard drags, and 3. Marshawn. But i'd be sly and mix up the order. When the line improves, get as complicated as you wanna be. But bro that time isn't now.

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