Commanders must implement creative blitz packages
As previously stated, the Washington Commanders are not performing to preseason hype on defense. Their unit - which is loaded with first-round talent and proven performers across the board - has gone from being tipped up to potentially being the league's best to languishing among the league's bottom-feeders in many statistical categories.
This is deeply concerning and has brought Jack Del Rio's status firmly under the microscope. Ron Rivera is a loyal man and appears to be confident in his coordinator, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that big changes will come if things don't improve.
One of the main things holding the Commanders back centers on their predictable schematic concepts. The rush four and drop seven method is borderline archaic and something that's getting figured out quickly by any standard of opposition.
Rivera's hinted this week that he might get himself more involved in the defensive strategies. But this all starts with implementing some creativity when it comes to getting pressure on the quarterback.
Have Chase Young stand up and go a little wider on occasion. Bring Jamin Davis from the second level more frequently, or put Kamren Curl's explosiveness to good use by sending him down to the line of scrimmage on a safety blitz once and a while.
Honestly, what harm could it do at this point?
Del Rio's been around long enough to know what comes next if the same trend carries on for much longer. If he doesn't get with the times and starts thinking outside the box, it could seal his fate.
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