So let’s take a quick detour from the rumors and scandal and talk X’s and O’s. Here’s Saints quarterback Drew Brees, on the troubles of facing a 3-4 defense. Take it away, Drew:
“Well, you know, you try to kind of visualize that 3-4 as a 4-3, ” Brees said this week, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “So who becomes that fourth pass rusher? And just kind of
understanding how 3-4 defenses bring pressure. Typically, variable, to
making it seem almost like they are bringing more than they are. As you
look at a 4-3 defense, there’s four down and then, you know, the three
linebackers. When you look at a 3-4, there’s five guys on the line of
scrimmage and two at linebacker level.
“So all of a sudden, you start
rotating safeties, and you can bring two from a side, but then you’re
actually dropping one out on the backside, and so in your mind you
might, you know, be in a zone pressure, and in that case you’re
thinking, ‘oh, man, it feels like they’re bringing six, ‘ but they’re
only bringing five because they dropped somebody out.”
It was at this point Brees noticed the reporters struggling to keep up with the movements in Brees’ head.
“You know, it’s just different if you don’t see it all that often.”