Not sure about you, but I’ve noticed a major uptick the last two weeks in quarterback hurries, pressures, and sacks. That’s solely because the Dolphins coaches are actually doing something smart and amazingly by sticking with it. They’re bringing pressure from all over the place. They’re bringing Holland and Brandon Jones, they’re bringing AVG and Roberts and that’s allowing guys like Ogbah and Phillips to get more favorable matchups. I realize that one of those games was against the Texans but in the first half against the Bills they were all over Josh Allen moving him off his spot to throw and disrupting the timing. If you can throw off a quarterback’s timing, and we know this all too well with what happens to our quarterbacks on every drop back, then you can cause a lot of damage.
This is the strategy that the Dolphins used last year when they went on their run. Bring pressure, play zero coverage, and let your high-priced secondary earn their money the way they do best. Xavien Howard and Byron Jones are by far the highest-paid cornerback tandem in the league. Let them get in the face of the receivers. If they get beat here and there, okay it happens. But go down swinging with your best move on the table. You don’t want to lose knowing you had an opportunity to use your greatest weapon and you didn’t use it. It be like the Undertaker losing and not trying to pull off a tombstone.
The Ravens have decent receivers and we know Hollywood Brown can get by anybody. I guess the front seven are going to have to get Lamar Jackson first. Yes, I realize that running man to man against the kind of athlete Jackson is might sound absurd due to the rushing lanes it will create. I say so what. I say do what you’re best at and let your playmakers on defense make plays against him. There are tons of examples of teams keeping Mike Vick and other scrambling quarterbacks in the pocket and I’m sure Brian Flores has the no how to attempt to do it. Not saying at all that it will be anywhere near easy. I’m saying I’d rather have Lamar Jackson beat our best strength than sit back in a zone defense and let him easily throw on us something that he has gotten much better at. Like Mr. Burns said, release the hounds.