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Will Miami blitz Lewis or not?

Posted by Chris Brown on October 15, 2013 – 3:23 pm

The Miami Dolphins do not have much game tape on Bills QB Thad Lewis this season. A half of a preseason game against Detroit and last week’s game against Cincinnati. One of the first decisions an opposing defense has to make in approaching a new QB is whether to blitz and pressure him a lot or just in certain situations. Lewis’ performance last week likely won’t help Miami in making that decision.

That’s because first and foremost Lewis wasn’t blitzed a lot by Cincinnati. According to ProFootballFocus Lewis was blitzed on just five of his 41 drop backs in the game last Sunday. On two of those five blitzes however, Lewis delivered touchdown passes of 22 and 40 yards to Scott Chandler and Marquise Goodwin. So 40 percent of the time last week when blitzed, Lewis not only delivered positive plays, but game changing ones.

That might give the Dolphins defensive staff pause when considering how and how often to blitz Lewis. Just ensuring they get pressure might be the route they take. Again according to PFF, on the 11 dropbacks in which Lewis was pressured, not blitzed (extra pass rushers) Lewis had four pass attempts (all incompletions), was sacked five times and scrambled out of trouble two other times.

Cincinnati accomplished this pressure, by initially rushing their ends up the field, then had them stunt back underneath to collapse the pocket.

“Hats off to their defensive line,” said Lewis of Cincinnati’s defensive front. “Any quarterback you have to step up in the pocket and the defensive linemen know that and they did a great job with (stopping) that, but I thought we adjusted well and got some plays run.”

Miami ranks 14th in opposing QB passer rating when blitzing (77.3).

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