When playing against a quarterback like Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, it is more than ill-advised to over-pursue his receivers on any play.
Brees has the intelligence and field vision to diagnosis any small gap or mistake made by a defensive secondary, and is able to immediately exploit it. The QB also has the pin-point accuracy to take advantage of any over-play committed by a defensive back.
Hopefully the Philadelphia Eagles have taken note of this by now.
Brees and his incredibly dangerous Saints’ offense host the Eagles in the Superdome this Monday night, and will without a doubt give CB Nnamdi Asomugha and company one of their biggest tests of the year.
Asomugha, fellow Eagles’ CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and crew must accept the fact that they will have to give up some short completions in order to prevent the big play. If the Eagles’ secondary tries to play these Saints’ receivers too tight, the wide-outs are sooner or later going to get behind them and light up the scoreboard.
No matter what any team does or how well they play, Brees is going to rack up a massive amount of yardage against them. The key to limiting Brees’ success is allowing the less meaningful yardage in the middle of the field, while preventing the QB from producing deep down field and in the red-zone.
It is all too common for NFL players to let their arrogance get in the way, as they think they can shut down anybody matched up against them.
But rest assured, nobody can stop Brees, they can only try to control him. Brees has thrown for over 325 yards in 5 of the Saints’ 7 games this season. The Saints’ overall record (2-5) would look a lot different if the team didn’t house arguably the worst defense in the league.
While Asomugha is a veteran, Rodgers-Cromartie is still young and relatively inexperienced. So if one of the Eagles’ defenders is going to get too excited and bite on a pump-fake at the wrong time, it will likely be Rodgers-Cromartie.
And don’t forget about Saints’ WR Marques Colston, because even though Brees can make any receiver look like a stud, Colston is an elite wide-out by himself. Colston is also one of the best jump-ball pass-catchers in the NFL, standing at 6′ 4″.
There is no question, if this Eagles’ secondary does not show great discipline on Monday night, Brees is going to sit back, relax, and absolutely gash them.
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