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In Defense Of The Prevent

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    John Madden once famously quipped that "the only thing the prevent defense does is prevent you from winning." But it's high time commentators, fans and even players showed some love for this much-maligned scheme. It works—and we can prove it.

    If a team is ahead by more than a field goal but fewer than seven and the clock is winding down, the only thing that can kill them is a big play for a quick score. Well, big plays are usually as much a product of a huge defensive mistake as offensive execution: a late-developing blitz that backfires and leaves a tight end wide-open, a corner stuck on an island in man coverage. A prevent scheme with, say, three down linemen and eight defensive backs eliminates nearly all of those risk factors. "Everyone wants to romanticize the gunslinging coach who blitzes no matter what—until that guy gives up an 80-yard bomb with a minute to play and loses the game," says Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. (Now the Lions head coach.) "Sometimes it pays to be boring."

    Especially when you have time on your side. Let's say an offense is down five with two minutes to go, and has to drive 80 yards for the winning score. Facing a prevent defense, only short, quick tosses between the numbers are surefire completions. But even those take 20 seconds off the clock. If that offense doesn't have a timeout, they can afford to throw six of those passes in 120 seconds. That means they need to average around 12 yards per attempt to hit pay dirt in time. That's nearly impossible to do by dinking and dunking. In fact, during the playoffs from 2005 to 2007, teams facing the prevent averaged just 5.6 yards per attempt. "An offense is fighting yardage," says Browns coach Eric Mangini. "And they're fighting time. You want to make sure you take away both."
    Easily said—and easily done.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/story?section=magazine&id=3837562
     
  2. RM24

    RM24 BoltTalker

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    Come on Conc. Prevent D only prevents one thing, a win. :lol:
     
  3. pure-sol

    pure-sol Well-Known Member

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    I think the biggest problem here is that many can't IDENTIFY the prevent formation. I could be wrong, but I have the feeling that most here believe that anytime there's no blitz it's a prevent.
     
  4. boltmanbz

    boltmanbz Well-Known Member

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    i just hate it when we do it before the 1st half is over
     
  5. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Ding,Ding,Ding, give the man a cigar.:bolt:
     
  6. Charger Dave

    Charger Dave Dead account

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    Somebody has been reading those old books authored by Tom Bass?
     
  7. RM24

    RM24 BoltTalker

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    Bend but don't Break and just lose.....:icon_sad:
     
  8. Cheapseats

    Cheapseats Loud, proud Charger fan

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    Prevent the "Prevent" defense!!! If you have a lead, keep doing what you are doing...it is working!!! With the prevent you are giving up yardage and if someone blows an assignment you have just wound up on the wrong side of the highlight reel at NFL films....and nobody wants that!

    I say a hefty fine and a taser in the package for a coach using the prevent defense..man, I hate that play!
     
  9. ESCOBAR 92113

    ESCOBAR 92113 BoltTalker

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    i like this post, most of us fans cant identify most plays on defense. alot of times we can get all over a corner when in reality a safety was supposed to be helping over the top. We actually had alot of blitzes last season, most the time they would get picked up...thus leaving us(the casual fan) to yell at the tv and wonder why they arent blizting....anytime a play doesnt work, we automatically think its a bad play call when in reality its usually poor execution.:icon_sad:
     

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