Pins their ears back and comes after baus early and often, hitting and disrupting him while stuffing the run game. Aside from screens to Hall to slow the rush down, I am concerned with how the Bucks are going to attack their d. stoney may not have the athletic advantage over the safety/nickel/or backer that covers him down field.
I fear we may see three and out after three and out because of baus's inability to 'create' something when the play breaks down. baus' supporters may say 'but look what he did when the play broke down vs akron' and to that I would ask if you really see him outrunning any miami defender to the chains or tuddy land? this isn't comparable to krenzel running back in '03 because krenzel was tough, I could not envision baus getting up from vilma and taylor hitting him at the three. nor do I trust baus to make a play vs an athletically gifted d.
If fickell resorts to last week's strategy of relying on the d, on the small chance harris hits his own teammates where does that leave us? bend but not breaking on d and banking on baus to beat their defense? again, not favorable unless you are still on the baus kool-aid.
What I would love to see; miller in gun with stoney, fields, and hall in trips to one side or the other with reed backside. boren flanking miller to pick up rushers and run screens so he can truck defenders. roll miller out to one side or the other and triangle attacking the defense with routes at every level(short,intermediate, deep) or he could pick up yardage with his legs.
We know the offense has this capability; from miam's perspective would you rather face baus in the i and a straight on vanilla attack, or miller in the gun with three wr's to one side forcing a backer out of the box or a smaller dback in opening up a rushing attack vs outnumbered defenders? which one puts more stress on the miami's defense?
Perhaps fickell is smarter then we give him credit for and was merely setting miami up by having baus play the whole game. perhaps miller will trot out their and be given the opportunities to make plays instead of baus trotting out there and 'not making mistakes.' playing to not make mistakes will beat lesser opponents but at some point the quarterback has to say 'f it i'm going to ball out on these cats,' taking over and making plays.
My fear is baus will have the reins all game while an athletically gifted player stands on the sidelines. that fear came true last week and we almost lost.
jackson/bellisari/zwick/boeckman/baus= not good (imo)
who would you want starting if the decision were up to you?