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Old 08-13-2017, 03:53 AM   #1
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Changes in the NFL -- Mike Detillier



Changes in the NFL

By Mike Detillier

Nothing stays the same in business or in sports.

One of the big changes you will see in the NFL this year is defenses trying to match-up better downfield in coverage sets and getting away from using three linebackers on the field for the most part and going with either three safeties or three cornerbacks to try and guard against the large flow of athletic tight ends and the pass catching running backs entering the NFL all in a very short time frame.

Because of injuries and design, the New Orleans Saints used a lot of 3-safety alignments in 2016. You can expect to see the Saints and the 31 other NFL teams use more of these types of defensive alignments this season.

The 2017 NFL draft put flex tight ends like O.J. Howard (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Evan Engram (New York Giants), David Njoku (Cleveland Browns), Gerald Everett (Los Angeles Rams) and Adam Shaheen (Chicago Bears) into the league, but even more troubling for opposing defenses will be the influx of pass catching running backs hitting the league all at one time.

Leonard Fournette (Jacksonville Jaguars), Dalvin Cook (Minnesota Vikings), Christian McCaffrey (Carolina Panthers), Alvin Kamara (New Orleans Saints), Joe Mixon (Cincinnati Bengals), Kareem Hunt (Kansas City Chiefs), DíOnta Foreman (Houston Texans), James Connor (Pittsburgh Steelers), Samaje Perine (Washington Redskins) and Tarik Cohen (Chicago Bears) are the top-10 halfbacks selected in the 2017 NFL draft. They combined for 278 receptions for 3,099 yards and 16 receiving touchdowns in 2016 in college football.

Saints head coach Sean Payton says the ability to adapt to the flex tight ends and halfbacks used as receivers are critical in any defensive teamís success out on the field in the future.

Full Article -- Courier

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Thanks, Dan.

The comments by the NFL scout are unfortunately on the mark. This team is more talented than it has been over the past few seasons, and I was optimistic about this season in May. But having talent does not matter if players don't play. Two first-round picks who are being counted on started watching practices before the first preseason game. Injuries will be the story of our 2017 season, and I don't like how the story is starting off.
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Changes in the NFL

By Mike Detillier

Nothing stays the same in business or in sports.

One of the big changes you will see in the NFL this year is defenses trying to match-up better downfield in coverage sets and getting away from using three linebackers on the field for the most part and going with either three safeties or three cornerbacks to try and guard against the large flow of athletic tight ends and the pass catching running backs entering the NFL all in a very short time frame.

Because of injuries and design, the New Orleans Saints used a lot of 3-safety alignments in 2016. You can expect to see the Saints and the 31 other NFL teams use more of these types of defensive alignments this season.

The 2017 NFL draft put flex tight ends like O.J. Howard (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Evan Engram (New York Giants), David Njoku (Cleveland Browns), Gerald Everett (Los Angeles Rams) and Adam Shaheen (Chicago Bears) into the league, but even more troubling for opposing defenses will be the influx of pass catching running backs hitting the league all at one time.

Leonard Fournette (Jacksonville Jaguars), Dalvin Cook (Minnesota Vikings), Christian McCaffrey (Carolina Panthers), Alvin Kamara (New Orleans Saints), Joe Mixon (Cincinnati Bengals), Kareem Hunt (Kansas City Chiefs), D’Onta Foreman (Houston Texans), James Connor (Pittsburgh Steelers), Samaje Perine (Washington Redskins) and Tarik Cohen (Chicago Bears) are the top-10 halfbacks selected in the 2017 NFL draft. They combined for 278 receptions for 3,099 yards and 16 receiving touchdowns in 2016 in college football.

Saints head coach Sean Payton says the ability to adapt to the flex tight ends and halfbacks used as receivers are critical in any defensive team’s success out on the field in the future.

Full Article -- Courier

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Yet another great post from you! Thanks!

Here's a line from the article that I hope the Saints bucked the trend:

"You will not be able to judge those young players on how they are in the NFL due to preseason play. The speed of the game in the regular season is much faster than preseason."

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NOTE: I bookmarked this post and am just now getting around to it...

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“They have two signature players in Cam Jordan at defensive end and Kenny Vaccaro at safety on defense, but they have a bunch of young players with not a lot of NFL experience at defensive tackle and also in the secondary. You will not be able to judge those young players on how they are in the NFL due to preseason play. The speed of the game in the regular season is much faster than preseason. Losing Nick Fairley at defensive tackle due to his heart issues really put a dent in their rebuilding process and early down time due to injuries at cornerback to Delvin Breaux and Marshon Lattimore hurts this young defensive team on the back end too. This league is all about football communication and understanding, turnovers and pressure on defense and right now the Saints don’t have enough of those ‘tilt the field’ players on that side of the ball. And some with talent don’t have much or any NFL experience.”
Pretty much nails it.

However it's too soon to write off the secondary due to experience. Just keep in mind San Francisco won a Super Bowl with the best secondary in the NFL that happened to consist of 3 rookies and a 2nd year player.
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Well, the Saints defense has improved irrespective of what the scout says. He seems to be forgetting that we also have better coaches on that side of the ball this season and that will make some difference. Then we have better LB play and I thought Lattimore did make it back and played pretty good in man press coverage. I guess we'll have to wait and see but I do see markedly improved play compared to the last two preseasons where teams marched on them at will. Then we have Kekaha back and Sheldon Rankins to start the season. I'm feeling much better about the defense this year than at any time over the past 3 seasons.
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