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  • #31
    Here is the definitive look at the beliefs of Bob Slowik as a Defensive Coordinator.


    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m..._n6142401/pg_2




    Some Highlights from this multi-page report and interview:


    How it will be different: Slowik's intention is to allow McKenzie and Harris to play as much bump-and-run coverage as they like, provided they can adjust to the new standards for illegal contact. There will be considerable change in the way the front four are used, mostly in an attempt to maximize the pass rush.

    Slowik will use varied fronts--much like Bill Belichick does with the Patriots--and probably will incorporate zone blitzes into the package. The team's top three defensive linemen--Gbaja-Biamila, Hunt and defensive tackle Grady Jackson--will get rest on non-passing downs so they will be fresher when it's time to go after the quarterback.

    Slowik also wants to better incorporate his linebackers into the pass defense and can interchange weakside starter Na'il Diggs with the free safety to create confusion for the quarterback on early downs.

    As defensive backs coach under Donatell, Slowik was a big part of the team's brain trust and helped implement and shape the scheme Donatell favored. But Slowik's preference is to coach cornerbacks to play aggressive, in-your-face football, and often his teachings were for naught when Donatell became conservative.

    Slowik will keep the framework of Donatell's eight-in-the-box system but will turn the heat up with 15 to 20 percent more blitzes, many of which he hopes are as undetectable as the ones Bill Belichick draws up for the Patriots. The most noticeable changes will be the way Slowik features two-time Pro Bowl safety Darren Sharper and integrates the team's athletic linebackers into the pass rush on first and second downs.

    "We're going to try to do some unique things, a lot of things that perhaps haven't been done anywhere," Slowik says.

    In Slowik's system, it probably won't be unusual to see end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila moving around to get a favorable matchup or speedy rookie corner Ahmad Carroll blitzing from a slot position. The idea will be to spread the sack production.


    Summary:

    1) Bump and Run man to man coverage with Champ and Bly

    2) WILL LB whom acts like a Safety (Ian Gold is staying and starting)

    3) Blitz happy scheme (Hello Larry Coyer)

    4) Heavy emphasis on dynamic safety play (Hello Kenny Phillips with our 1st Round Pick)

    5) Very deep D-line with a pass rush crew and run stuffing crew. (Hello lots of Free Agents or Draft Picks).

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Mat'hir Uth Gan View Post
      Here is the definitive look at the beliefs of Bob Slowik as a Defensive Coordinator.
      Good find. Thank you. It will be interesting to see the personnel moves now...
      Last edited by neutessa; 01-08-2008, 08:58 PM.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by xX-Bronco-Xx View Post
        We have not had the same kind of talent on the line like we had back then though.

        This years line was arguably one of the worst we've seen ever against the run and even with help in the draft and free agency I don't think we will be able to stop the run that great next year either against high powered offenses.

        Wish Bates would have stayed I honestly think this put us another step in the wrong direction.
        i don't think we're coming down hard enough on ian gold for forgetting how to tackle and nate webster for overpursuing. webster at least had the bad DT side to his credit but still. get these two off the team and replace them with someone better and the run defense will improve drastically, i can guarantee that completely. the line needs to fix their pass rush, that's the main problem. the best way to fix the run defense is to make sure the offense scores more. when we actually play with a lead, we stop the run a hell of alot more.

        right now, an aggressive scheme seems better than than sour crap bates had in here. aggressive defenses are going to be the only way to stop these high powered offenses in this new era of the offensive-minded nfl. to succeed in the nfl you've gotta be ahead of your time. no one's stopping indy and new england. aggression will do it. i think we've got the right mindset here. conservative, opportunistic defenses are going to be eaten alive, right along with the coaches who employ them while living in the past.
        Last edited by NinjaPirateFunk; 01-08-2008, 08:53 PM.
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        • #34
          Bates wasn't conservative, imo, he just wanted to have a sound defense.

          Blitzing every down is no way to win in the new NFL either, we've been through this......

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          • #35
            Originally posted by stnzed View Post
            Bates wasn't conservative, imo, he just wanted to have a sound defense.

            Blitzing every down is no way to win in the new NFL either, we've been through this......
            But it's been proven time and time again to be Shanahan's preferred defense, because it's more simple and cheaper than drafting quality linemen who can pressure the QB on their own, without relying on a LB or safety.

            If you look at the history of coordinators we had that didn't blitz-heavy - Rhodes, Coyer in '06, and Bates - they were gone the following season.

            In fairness, we did win two Super Bowls with a blitz-happy defense. But I agree that it doesn't win out over a quality defensive line.
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            • #36
              Originally posted by Mat'hir Uth Gan View Post

              1) Bump and Run man to man coverage with Champ and Bly

              2) WILL LB whom acts like a Safety (Ian Gold is staying and starting)

              3) Blitz happy scheme (Hello Larry Coyer)

              4) Heavy emphasis on dynamic safety play (Hello Kenny Phillips with our 1st Round Pick)

              5) Very deep D-line with a pass rush crew and run stuffing crew. (Hello lots of Free Agents or Draft Picks).
              just because ian's fast doesn't mean he's quick. he can't cover anymore, he demonstrated that adequately all season long.

              slowik didn't sound like bates, with a specific scheme. he sounded like he was coming up with good ideas based on what was given to him. if we get a less athletic will linebacker, i doubt slowik will demand such a roll. and coyer was blitz happy but loved the 12 yard cushion on coverage.
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              • #37
                It's just funny to me that we don't outright switch to the Cover 2, because that seems to be the defense Mike Shanahan is shooting for, without actually just doing it.
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                • #38
                  Any defense that is relying on Ian Gold to be anything more than a huge liability is doomed to fail......

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                  • #39
                    REX RYAN! MY GOD HE IS OUT THERE! GET HIM NOW!

                    I can't understand why shanny wouldn't be personally flying this guy in and paying for EVERYTHING! Can you imagine his defense in denver? And give him full control of defensive drafts and FA's. It would be SICK!

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                    • #40
                      Well hopefully he has learned what didn't work here and will come up with something better.
                      Looking at the pass defense numbers from when he was with other teams there were pass defense rankings of 3, 5 and 8. Just have to see what happens.

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by stnzed View Post
                        Bates wasn't conservative, imo, he just wanted to have a sound defense.

                        Blitzing every down is no way to win in the new NFL either, we've been through this......
                        Its no way to win in the NEW NFL?? Its no way to expect to win in ANY era of football.

                        The Good QBs... LOVE the blitz. Manning and Brady have QB ratings in the 150s when they are blitzed. So even the mediocre QBs, could drop down 30 points, and be a 120 QB rating during blitzes. Relying on the blitz isn't what you WANT To do.... but blitzing is good... if you have good personnel.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by troylightfoot View Post
                          REX RYAN! MY GOD HE IS OUT THERE! GET HIM NOW!

                          I can't understand why shanny wouldn't be personally flying this guy in and paying for EVERYTHING! Can you imagine his defense in denver? And give him full control of defensive drafts and FA's. It would be SICK!
                          For one. we don't have a Ray Lewis.... for two, its pretty well understood that he WILL be the Ravens new HC.

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                          • #43
                            give this slowik guy a chance here before we call him a crappy coach.

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by Ravage!!! View Post
                              Its no way to win in the NEW NFL?? Its no way to expect to win in ANY era of football.

                              The Good QBs... LOVE the blitz. Manning and Brady have QB ratings in the 150s when they are blitzed. So even the mediocre QBs, could drop down 30 points, and be a 120 QB rating during blitzes. Relying on the blitz isn't what you WANT To do.... but blitzing is good... if you have good personnel.
                              Blitzing works only if it's a small portion of your overall defensive scheme - not if you're falling back on it as a way to pressure the QB because of an inadequate defensive line.
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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by BRONCOS_OWN_U16 View Post
                                give this slowik guy a chance here before we call him a crappy coach.
                                I agree with this. We know things will get better than this last year. Lets just wait to see where things go first.

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