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  • Drew Brees dropped back to pass 34 times.
    Of those 34 plays, the Eagles blitzed 6 times.
  • Four of those blitzes came in the 1st half, with 2 blitzes in the 2nd half.
  • All of those blitzes involved 5 or 6 players.
  • The Eagles used only LBs in their blitzing packages. No DBs.
  • On each of those six blitzes, the Eagles brought extra pressure up the middle.
  • Each of those six blitzes came on 3rd down.
  • There were no zone blitzes employed the entire game.
  • Every time the Eagles blitzed they showed blitz well before the snap. Very little attempt to disguise their intentions.
Here are the results of those 6 plays:
  1. Completed pass, converting a 3rd and short
  2. Completed pass, failed 3rd and Goal conversion
  3. Sack/Fumble recovered by Saints
  4. TD pass to Colston in 1-on-1 coverage
  5. Completed pass, converting a 3rd and short
  6. Completed pass, converting a 3rd and 11
The Eagles also ran 1 stunt the entire game (result: completed pass, converting a 3rd and short). And there were 2 plays where the LBs showed a blitz but backed off into coverage (On first play the pass was complete converting a 3rd and 10. The second play resulted in an incomplete pass).

So on 28 of Drew Brees' 34 pass attempts the Eagles went with a simple front-four pass rush. And on 26 of those 28 plays the Eagles didn't bother disguising their pass rush, giving Brees a simple 4-man pass rush look at pre-snap.

In week 1 the Lions blitzed on 6% of Brees' 34 dropbacks.
In week 2 the Eagles blitzed on 18% of Brees' 34 dropbacks.
 
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I'm trying to figure out what this means, other than DC's are petrified to not have as many players back to guard against a big play as possible.

I'm really surprised by the breakdown from the Eagles. I would have expected it to be somehwere around 25-35% of their defensive plays involved a blitz of some sort.
 

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yea so all the people screaming to blitz brees may want to look at that...
 

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ESPN showed that DB was 6-6 for 96 yds and a TD when facing 2 blitzers or more. so you have him 5/6 w/ a TD, still numbers that invite the blitz, IMO.

Good post
 
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I'm really surprised by the breakdown from the Eagles. I would have expected it to be somehwere around 25-35% of their defensive plays involved a blitz of some sort.

Me too. I mean, they blitzed more than the Lions did, but not much more. But after looking at the results of those 6 plays, it's easy to see why they were slow to bring extra pressure. For the most part, Brees was making them pay.
 

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I'm trying to figure out what this means, other than DC's are petrified to not have as many players back to guard against a big play as possible.

I'm really surprised by the breakdown from the Eagles. I would have expected it to be somehwere around 25-35% of their defensive plays involved a blitz of some sort.

It probably would have been if the 2nd half wouldnt of gotten out of hand the way it did.
 
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It probably would have been if the 2nd half wouldnt of gotten out of hand the way it did.

Good point. We ran the ball quite a bit more in the 2nd half.

The "17%" figure I got refers to 17% of Brees' dropbacks. Not 17% of our offensive plays. So, the numbers shouldn't be skewed quite that much by the flow of the game.
 

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You're dammed if you do and you're dammed if you don't... keep Drew healthy and this seaosn is gonna be magical.
 

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Did we ever run when they blitzed? How'd that go?
 
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Did we ever run when they blitzed? How'd that go?

Didn't focus on that aspect. I guess my purpose is just to analyze what teams are trying to do (pass rush-wise) to frustrate Brees and chart how successful they are at doing that.

In the running game, it can also be a little hard to distinguish between a blitz and just an extra guy in the box with man-to-man responsibilities reading his keys.
 

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