A lot of questions about play-calling/coaching decisions, so here’s a notebook that kind of falls in line with that: Jim Mora gives Kennedy Polamalu an A+ for his play-calling through two games.
Why don’t we see more blitzes, particularly since the front four isn’t getting consistent pressure on the quarterback? Against UNLV, they were effective: resulted in a sack and an interception.
Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley believes in balance. He’s not going to sell out every play and blitz. Most coaches believe in some type of balance because they’re generally “stay the course” type of people.
Bradley and defensive tackle Eli Ankou did mention that against the mobile quarterbacks they’ve faced, the Bruins can’t overcommit to the pass rush because they’ll get burned by the draw, which is what happened a few times with Johnny Stanton. That’s something else they have to balance as well.
Perhaps those times they did blitz, it became effective because it was a new look that threw the offense off. I do think some more blitzing would be effective, but don’t expect to see it all the time. Continue reading