When defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn first faced the Seattle Seahawks in 2021, his team allowed 497 yards of offense and 51 points. The following year the two teams faced off again, and Seattle continued to assert their offense. This time, the Seahawks managed 555 yards of offense and 48 points.
All I heard all week from AG was how he needed to get the “taste of out of his mouth” and "our guys will be ready to play. They’ll be ready to play.” The results? He unit only gave up 28 first downs, 37 points and nearly 400 hundred yards to Seattle’s offense. You really showed em coach!!!
When franchises like Seattle have such a massive advantage at the coaching spot, it’s hard for the Lions front office to “out talent” that massive gap.
What frustrates me is that Tampa showed everyone last year how to beat Geno and every team that adopted their approach beat Sea. The Rams literally dismantled Sea last week.
The key was to send 5 defenders on obvious passing downs and vary who the blitzer is. Sea has done a very poor job of picking up blitzers and Geno makes mistakes when a blitzer is baring down on him.
On offense the way you attack their defense is over the middle. Sea routinely struggles to pick up TE’s and RB’s who sit down in the middle zone.
So how many times did AG blitz’s and send 5?…. Just 3 times all game. We blitzed Mahomes more than Geno Smith who had two starting OT’s out.
Most of our passing success did come over the middle so Ben at least got that Memo.
Me and @CuriousHusker had some discussion about 4 blitzes vs 5… I’m curious what his after thoughts are now?
I am very disappointed at the lack of sacks this team produced today. Especially against an OL that had 3 starters out most of the game. Our guys can’t win against backups?
Lastly I’d like to say that one of the times we sent 5 Geno dang near threw a pick, another time he threw it away and got an intentional grounding call. The 3rd time he dumped the ball off quickly for an incompletion but a penalty by the Lions gave him life.
My thoughts are more or less the same. I thought we would win on the edges. We did not. I don’t think we’re particularly skillful at blitzing so I don’t share your confidence that your approach was some panacea. I mostly am just frustrated that we couldn’t beat fringe NFL tackles given that we’ve thrown a fair amount of resources into edge.
I totally get and respect that you disagree, but I think the execution was more problematic than the approach.
Credit to you Air. You called this during the week that they should have blitzed when I and others were calling for them to just rush 4. I overestimated what this line could do against backup tackles.
The problem wasn’t starting the game rushing 4 because it’s a sound strategy when you’re playing a beat up offensive line even though, as you illustrated, Geno struggled against the blitz but Glenn made zero adjustments when it wasn’t working. That was where he failed.
I outlined to my buddies exactly what the Lions defense needed to do to win the game…they did exactly the opposite. They made Pete Carroll a very happy man. Seattle should send Glenn the F’ing game ball. Even when it was painfully obvious what Seattle was doing, Glenn made zero adjustments and our entire defense looked like chumps.
Glenn might be Campbell’s buddy, but this team has too much potential to flush it down the toilet. Turn the defense over to Fox, or the guy on the 50 yard line, or Helen FREAKING Keller, none of them could do worse.