Jaime Bollocks, on 21 May 2012 - 12:06 PM, said:
Yeah, the two TE set always seemed capable of creating a matchup nightmare if you had two athletic guys. It seems weird to me the Honestly I thought that's what the Skins were doing when they drafted Fred Davis in the second round when they already had Cooley. It was the one way I could justify the pick. But then of course they totally botched it. I dunno, maybe the Zorn identity didn't get the memo on two TE packages or maybe Cerrato was just retarded (wait, don't answer that) and wanted a really good backup TE.
I think every Redskins fan who has been paying any attention has wanted to adopt more of a two TE package for years. But for some reason, every year the coaches talked about using that set more, but then didn't actually do it, or only did it with a blocking tight end like Logan Paulson, which doesn't create any sort of mismatches. I would hope that this year Cooley and Davis will be healthy, and we can do more of this, because now we have more speedy receivers to potentially get downfield.
The incredible thing is that the Patriots have been able to make good use of this formation in spite of the fact that Welker isn't much of a downfield threat. It really shows how unusually fast Gronk is for his size that he is the primary downfield guy. The Patriots system could be made even more dangerous if they had a true speed deep threat at WR, because it would put even more pressure on the already overloaded safeties.
Going back to the Redskins, I would think that with a package of 5 lineman, Griffin, Hightower, Hankerson, Garcon, Davis and Cooley that you could indeed put a lot of pressure on the defense, because if they all go out wide, you can still have Hightower in to block, and the defense would have to account for Griffin taking off. But at the same time, while Davis isn't a great blocker, if the other team has 5 dbs in, I would expect we could run against them with some success, particularly with the threat of play action and bootlegs keeping the safeties back.