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  • In-game adjustments.

    Seems like most of the year, there was a vast difference between how the D played in the 1st half and the 2nd half. While teams would move the ball on the Hawks in the first quarter, they would usually clamp down and figure out the opposition's game plan.

    So many times it seemed like our D would shut out the opposing team in the 2nd half, or just hold them to 1 or 2 scores (that score would usually be at the end of the game).

    I think Bradley was a huge part of that, and that's the area I think we'll miss him most. The Hawks over the last 2 years, and especially this year, made in-game adjustments on Defense like no other Hawks team I can remember.

    I really hope that coaches other than Gus were the main ones behind that.
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  • Yup, he DID call the plays. No matter what people say about him being a stepford DC, it's just noise. Gus called the plays.
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  • This might be true because we don't know who makes adjustments on either side of the ball. if Gus is that guy then his loss will be felt.

    I know it for sure that Tom Cable is the one making half time adjustments for the offense because Doug Baldwin said it in one of his interviews.
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  • SeahawksFanForever wrote:This might be true because we don't know who makes adjustments on either side of the ball. if Gus is that guy then his loss will be felt.

    I know it for sure that Tom Cable is the one making half time adjustments for the offense because Doug Baldwin said it in one of his interviews.


    Shh, English and his crew like to point out how stupid anyone who rips Bevell is, even though I used this as evidence and logic behind my distrust. Dont bring up stuff like that, for real. Dummy!
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  • Well maybe we'll have better game plans and wont need to rely on adjustments.
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  • We never made adjustments that worked before Pete got here.

    I am inclined to believe that will continue with Gus gone.
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  • pehawk wrote:
    SeahawksFanForever wrote:This might be true because we don't know who makes adjustments on either side of the ball. if Gus is that guy then his loss will be felt.

    I know it for sure that Tom Cable is the one making half time adjustments for the offense because Doug Baldwin said it in one of his interviews.


    Shh, English and his crew like to point out how stupid anyone who rips Bevell is, even though I used this as evidence and logic behind my distrust. Dont bring up stuff like that, for real. Dummy!


    Basically, all the people claiming that Pete calls the plays on defense can walk away now. Do you seriously think the Jaguars would hire a guy, the same day they interviewed him for the first time, if he wasn't calling the shots? Insert Jaguars joke here but still, this an NFL franchise entrusting their future in a man.

    I'll always laugh and smile when I think of the people who claimed that Pete Carroll calls the plays on D.
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  • pehawk wrote:
    SeahawksFanForever wrote:This might be true because we don't know who makes adjustments on either side of the ball. if Gus is that guy then his loss will be felt.

    I know it for sure that Tom Cable is the one making half time adjustments for the offense because Doug Baldwin said it in one of his interviews.


    Shh, English and his crew like to point out how stupid anyone who rips Bevell is, even though I used this as evidence and logic behind my distrust. Dont bring up stuff like that, for real. Dummy!


    This isn't entirely correct. There are very little "half-time" adjustments made at half-time. This is a myth that fans and media like to use. First, PC has said numerous times A) We didn't really do any adjustments, we just executed better in the 2nd half. (Go listen to a number of his Monday appearances with Brock and Salk and you'll here him say this throughout the year-- Even though Brock and Salk specifically ask about Half-time adjustments)

    B) PC also said on Brock and Salk that if you "wait" until halftime your doomed. That adjustments are made between series.

    C) Ross Tucker on the FOOTBALL TODAY PODCAST--- Stated: That fans have a incorrect impression that there's these huge adjustments made at halftime-- That Coordinators are coaching up and going into great detail during halftime. He says there barely enough time to take a leak get a drink of water. Sure the coach may give a "get out there an win the game" pep talk. But there isn't sweeping gameplan changes that they draw up in the lockerroom by and large.
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  • Considering how his defense couldn't in-game adjust to blowing leads in critical spots, I'm not sure this aspect of losing Bradley will hurt.
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  • My point still stands, that by the players and Pete's own quotes, Cable appears to be the point guy offensively. Now, the "smart" people dont like to hear that, because they'd rather feel superior by talking down to anyone who criticizes Bevell.
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  • NYCoug wrote:
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    SeahawksFanForever wrote:This might be true because we don't know who makes adjustments on either side of the ball. if Gus is that guy then his loss will be felt.

    I know it for sure that Tom Cable is the one making half time adjustments for the offense because Doug Baldwin said it in one of his interviews.


    Shh, English and his crew like to point out how stupid anyone who rips Bevell is, even though I used this as evidence and logic behind my distrust. Dont bring up stuff like that, for real. Dummy!


    Basically, all the people claiming that Pete calls the plays on defense can walk away now. Do you seriously think the Jaguars would hire a guy, the same day they interviewed him for the first time, if he wasn't calling the shots? Insert Jaguars joke here but still, this an NFL franchise entrusting their future in a man.

    I'll always laugh and smile when I think of the people who claimed that Pete Carroll calls the plays on D.



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  • I dont know why, but I bet Kahn gives really good haircuts.
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  • NYCoug wrote:What an F'N 'Stache! I'd seriously trade Paul Allen for this man! What an F'N stache!


    I do not agree with this statement, but I would endeavor to convince Mr. Allen that growing a killer moustache would be benneficial for all mankind.
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  • CANHawk wrote:
    NYCoug wrote:What an F'N 'Stache! I'd seriously trade Paul Allen for this man! What an F'N stache!


    I do not agree with this statement, but I would endeavor to convince Mr. Allen that growing a killer moustache would be benneficial for all mankind.


    I do not agree with the statement either, but my god what a stache! I'll bet the damn mortgage (don't have one) that if Paul Allen grew that kind of a killer stache we'd win the friggin Super Bowl! I'm honestly surprised that it's taken him this long to come up with the idea...
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  • CANHawk wrote:
    NYCoug wrote:Basically, all the people claiming that Pete calls the plays on defense can walk away now. Do you seriously think the Jaguars would hire a guy, the same day they interviewed him for the first time, if he wasn't calling the shots? Insert Jaguars joke here but still, this an NFL franchise entrusting their future in a man.

    I'll always laugh and smile when I think of the people who claimed that Pete Carroll calls the plays on D.



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    Shad Kahn is a pretty amazing guy. Don't let the goofy mustache fool you, he's a self made billionaire, more in the mold of Paul Allen than the clique of silver spoon kids who are owners in the league. If his new GM thinks that Bradley is the best choice to be the head coach and he signed off on it I think that's pretty solid endorsement, at least from an organizational standpoint.
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  • yea Bradley was huge in the second half of the Falcs game when it counted against the ONLY option the Falcons had... can you say double team those 2, 3 man rush, spy?

    Falcs shouldnt have even got a first down after the kick, which should have been buried

    if Bradley was worth his weight the Hawks would have went 16-0, they're that good!
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  • HawkFan72 wrote:In-game adjustments.

    Seems like most of the year, there was a vast difference between how the D played in the 1st half and the 2nd half. While teams would move the ball on the Hawks in the first quarter, they would usually clamp down and figure out the opposition's game plan.

    So many times it seemed like our D would shut out the opposing team in the 2nd half, or just hold them to 1 or 2 scores (that score would usually be at the end of the game).

    I think Bradley was a huge part of that, and that's the area I think we'll miss him most. The Hawks over the last 2 years, and especially this year, made in-game adjustments on Defense like no other Hawks team I can remember.

    I really hope that coaches other than Gus were the main ones behind that.
    disagree, it took him too long to make in game adjustments see the playoffs where it took him a quarter to a half to make in game adjustments. I'm glad his soft zone schemes and him are gone. Nothing personal, just think he is a crappy DC.
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  • pehawk wrote:CanHawks, I really like the new avatar of Te'o's girlfriend during those chemo months. Glad to see I'm not the only one who still thinks she's real.


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  • Twisted wrote:yea Bradley was huge in the second half of the Falcs game when it counted against the ONLY option the Falcons had... can you say double team those 2, 3 man rush, spy?

    Falcs shouldnt have even got a first down after the kick, which should have been buried

    if Bradley was worth his weight the Hawks would have went 16-0, they're that good!


    I'm not even going to comment on the 16-0 comment. That is just ridiculous.

    But, man, you guys are so fixated on that final drive.

    How about the fact that the Falcons put up 20 points in the first half, moving the ball at will...and then in the second half were only able to muster 1 TD and were being stopped regularly? Even though in the Sound FX segments, Mike Smith said they were going to keep the pressure on and not let up on Offense!

    In about 8 or 9 of our games, we shut out or held the opposition to ZERO TDs after halftime.

    The in-game adjustments were huge this year. Yes, there were 4 huge, frustrating collapses this year. But stop acting like Bradley didn't do anything good this year. It's just ignorant and homer-ish.
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  • It occurs to me is that the jags want him because they like our defense and want to implement something like it. We've talked about how teams would start to copy Pete's innovations if it was successful and this is how it happens, the coaching tree.
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  • Second half adjustments have always been Pete's specialty. They commented on it during just about every USC game during Pete's tenure.

    He always talks about the importance of the 2nd half. Anything can go wrong in the first half, but you don't win a game in the first half.

    Calm down people. Pete and Gus both came from the Kiffin system. The next DC will come from the same structure.
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  • pehawk wrote:Yup, he DID call the plays. No matter what people say about him being a stepford DC, it's just noise. Gus called the plays.


    which is why you don't want him as your opposition, well, unless you are down by 1 and have 31 seconds left.
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  • For the more football savvy than myself, can someone explain how we are supposed to be better?

    My understanding was that Gus put into place a defense that made it difficult for the opposing QB to make effective presnap reads.

    Regardless, he was able to put together a very solid defense without really having an effective means of pressuring the QB. Most good defenses I have seen had that component, and Green Bay game aside, we seemed to have a harder time pressuring the QB this year. We did get sacks, but a lot of those were also coverage sacksl.

    I don't think it is fair to give this defense a high rating (and it did rate high) and then not give the person responsible for calling the defense the credit for the results. Clearly Gus had to be part of why our defense did so well. Because of that, I do believe that losing him hurts us.

    Obviously we have little control over him leaving, so we have to adapt. I just do not see how we can expect to be better next year when we will be dealing with this and the second issue of whether Clemons or Red can get healthy and productive again.

    Anyone want to help me understand why I should be more confident here?
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  • TwistedHusky wrote:
    Anyone want to help me understand why I should be more confident here?


    Most experts agree that our defensive is Pete Carroll and John Schneider's baby. They were the architects of our big, fast and physical style of play and schemes.

    Not to take anything away from Bradley, he's a great coach and a great motivator. But IMO our defensive is good because of Carroll and personnel.
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  • pehawk wrote:Yup, he DID call the plays. No matter what people say about him being a stepford DC, it's just noise. Gus called the plays.


    It isn't noise. Choosing the personnel and and installing the defense and its philosophy is by far more important than calling the plays on Sunday. Pete basically did the former and Bradley the latter. Bradley was an LB coach anyway - so his stamp isn't even on his specialty group as Ken Norton Jr. is running that show. I thought of Bradley as the glue.
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  • I disagree. In today's NFL, it's ALL ABOUT playcalling.
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  • I want a DC who can make adjustments BEFORE halftime....while the game is being played, if/as needed!
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  • purpleworld wrote:I want a DC who can make adjustments BEFORE halftime....while the game is being played, if/as needed!


    That's good, cause every DC makes adjustments before, during and after halftime.
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  • Pete is the architect, Bradley was the contractor. He oversaw the game planning and called the plays during the game.
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  • Well, our so called "Elite" defense sure blew a lot of games at the end. It's extremely frustrating to watch them fold in the clutch (Atlanta, Detroit, Miami etc.)
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  • Most adjustments were at the the line. PC was the DB coach at SF and was excellent. I suspect he gives his input there
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  • Tech Worlds wrote:We never made adjustments that worked before Pete got here.

    I am inclined to believe that will continue with Gus gone.


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