Okay so we have two major major problems on defense... the LB corps and the safeties
Any thoughts on this (1)
X X X X X X TE X
AS JB CJ AD TC DRC
AJ JC MF
Here we have Asante Samuel and DRC playing their respective sides of the field. This allows us to put Nnamdi at safety to cover the TEs, yes I know best CB on the team and arguably in the league, but he did play safety in college where he gained national recognition. So lets say he locks up the TE, now our other problem is against the run... if in a basic 2 WR set this allows us to bring Page up into the box (if Juan will ever allow 8 in the box). We also have Antonio Dixon in there to add some more beef to the line. I placed Akeem Jordan in at the WIL because if anyone noticed he got his one play after Fokou got hurt, came in and made the tackle for a two yard gain on Bradshaw, then was taken off again. Jordan isn't anything special... I know... but he is more reliable than Clay Matthews at the WIL and do we really know much about Brian Rolle... honestly I much rather have Omar Gaither, Bradley, Chaney but that is not going to happen...
If they come out with 3 WR look and we match it with (2)
X X X X X X X TE X
AS JH JB CJ MP TC DRC
Here we have Hanson in the slot where he is dependable and very comfortable... Fokou (or Brian Rolle) in to cover the TE but with help over the top from Nnamdi who gets shaded to the side of the TE. Now in this formation you have one WR on the strong side which would be good because say the TE goes on a short out you now have Nnamdi with the ability to help DRC over the top or if he the TE makes a middle cross or say a post you have a a LB to cover and safety help from Page over the top. On the far side of the field is where we may have a problem with Asante jumping a route and getting beat on a double move but Asante plays off so I am willing to live with that risk.
If the play is called that the TE stays in to block and the RB goes out now you have the perfect set up for this defense because you either have DRC and Nnamdi doubling on the strong side WR with the LB picking up the RB but still having help from Page or you now have DRC stay in on the flat for the RB and Nnamdi pick up the WR... if they run a quick slant DRC rides him for a bit and lets him go thus maintaining the ability to play the RB... now the problem is on the other side of the field again... Asante made a great play to up end Jacobs one on one but we know that this is not a normal occurance from my main man... if they run it weakside or have the RB in the flat then Chaney needs to read that quickly...
If the TE goes in motion to the otherside you motion Nnamdi to the other side and Page flips to his spot... Now you have Asante Samuel, Hanson in the slot, and Nnamdi Asomugha on one side of the field... ARE YOU REALLY GOING TO THROW TO THAT SIDE... that leaves DRC on an island so as the TE motions over you have DRC give a cushion and bring page up a couple of yards to support weakside rush, RB flat or help DRC on the slant now that he has given a cushion...
Base in Running situations (3)
X X X X X X TE X
DRC JB CJ AD MP TC NA
AJ JC MF
Ok so here we have 5 down lineman look and still maintain 3 LBs giving us 8 in the box...we now move NA up to CB and DRC to Asante's side in known running situations or in two TE packages... if say they flex out the TE or audible to a RB in the slot you now have them where you want them because you still get the Wide-9 rush but you can now stuff the middle with 3 interior DL or even push say Mike Patterson to take on the LT or Jenkens on the other side (only 1 though or you have flood gates) and you open up the rush from either end
Disclaimer... I know it is not this easy and I am not a coach but out of these I still believe you can bring up Page to play 7 (3 WR set) and 8 (2 WR) men in the box to support against the run.
What do you think?