wjag, on 14 March 2013 - 01:58 PM, said:
Hybrid Defense... That's what you say when you don't have a real style you can play well.
i understand where that's coming from, but, from what i can gather, the hybrid defense approach is far from a wishy-washy non-system; rather, it sounds like a modern (can we say "cutting edge" (blecchk, i do hate that cliche')) defensive system. if you read the linked article, it says that a hybrid defense is based on the ability to create multiple formation sets based on the same personnel (or mostly the same personnel (like, 10 of 11 guys)). apparently, one of the reasons that the bills have been getting beaten like a drum on defense is that they would send a very clear signal on what they were intending to do with their defense based on the package that was out there -- so, if brady were to see players X, Y, and Z trot onto the field, he could immediately call a play designed to exploit that package's weakness.
hybrid defenses are built so that they can adapt on the fly to how the offense lines up and perhaps even dictate play to the offense based on how it (the D) lines up. i like the sound of it, but we're obviously in for another rebuilding phase while we get new personnel in here.