As mentioned earlier this week the completion percentage against the Bills defense has been extraordinarily high the past three games (76.2%) by opposing quarterbacks. The quick passing game has been a reason for it.
With Kurt Warner, Philip Rivers and Chad Pennington all good at executing that type of passing attack, the Bills have had trouble neutralizing it, and this will be no different with Brett Favre, who knows how to execute a quick passing, timing offense from all his years in the west coast at Green Bay.
So I asked a few players in Buffalo’s locker room what they have to do in their different position groups to neutralize the effectiveness of the quick passing game, after being relatively unsuccessful the past three weeks. Here are the answers.
Terrence McGee addressed what cornerbacks can do
“The best thing you can do is get in a receiver’s face and knock down a ball or just get in their face and disrupt the route,” McGee said. “That’s the only way you’re going to stop it. If you’re playing off you’re basically just saying throw it and I’m going to tackle you.”
Paul Posluszny on a linebacker’s role in neutralizing the quick passing game
“I think for us we just have to be really solid on our pass drops,” said Posluszny. “We’ve got to get to our spots quickly, look for receivers, tip balls, make big hits, anything to discourage the receivers from running those types of routes and making them a little hesitant, that’s always a good thing. That’s definitely what we’ve really got to focus on.”
And finally Spencer Johnson on what the men up front need to do to thwart a quick rhythm passing attack.
“The quick pass is something that is about timing so it depends on our film study and knowing formations, and getting our hands up,” Johnson said. “We can’t get to him if he’s throwing the ball really quick, so just getting our hands up and making plays and knocking the ball down or hopefully making interceptions.”
A lot of fans have e-mailed me complaining about the lack of pressure, but if the ball is coming out that fast, getting pressure is a pipe dream.
So in summation, guys up front have to get their hands in passing lanes, the backers have to drop quickly into their zones and get physical with wideouts inside five yards and the corners have to play more press to re-route or ruin the receiver’s timing with the QB to keep the QB from going to his first read so quickly, to give the guys up front time to pressure.
Tags: Brett Favre, Paul Posluszny, quick passing game, Spencer Johnson, Terrence McGee
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