We pretty much know what we have on Defense. There are no big secrets there.
A ball hawking secondary behind a deep defensive line. That's for certain.
My only question on the defensive side is how well can our linebackers play the run? Atlanta can run the ball and will try to establish it early in their 1-3 drives by their starters.
I don't expect their starting QB, Matt Ryan, to sit back there too often and wing it. They know what he can do so I don't think Atlanta would want to risk him in that capacity against our D Line. I could see their subs chucking it around later in the game.
So that brings us to the big question mark on D.
Is Misi the answer to plugging the run from the MLB position?
We will find out early and often.
Offensively, all of us are concerned about the play of our O Line. No secret there.
We are very deep at wide receiver. No secret there.
We have the new Lazor Gun Offense Install appearing tonight. No secret there.
I have 2 concerns on the O side of the ball. And they both are tied together.
# 1: Can we consistently run the ball?
Can we keep their D Line from pinning their ears back and coming after Tannehill?
If we can pound out some first downs then this Lazor Gun O with all its up tempo intentions can be very effective.
#2: Can we get a yard when we need a yard?
How many of us miss Lousaka Polite and his uncanny ability to get a hard yard for a first down?
In 2008, he was 11 for 12 in rushing for a first down with one yard or less to gain on a 3rd or 4th down.
In 2009, Polite was perfect in 16 attempts.
In 2010, he converted 14 first downs in 15 attempts to get a yard on 3rd or 4th downs.
Polite was successful 41 times in 43 attempts when the whole country knew he was getting the ball.
That's exactly what I want to see tonight.
Noses to the grindstone!
Not only stuffing the run but even more importantly running the ball.
If we can rush the ball consistently, then Tannehill can have his way with this new high octane offense.
He can rush up to the line, make his reads and keep them guessing.
If we can't run the ball, then we could be watching a lot of our defensive players tonight and wonder if our offense actually knew where to report for the game.
Dolfan since 12/25/1971