Coach Mike Holmgren made some pretty interesting comments about the defense today. He all but asked coordinator John Marshall to take more chances in bringing pressure. Sometimes that's all a coordinator needs: the backing of the head guy. That way, if the opponent hits on big play, hey, that was a chance the head coach was willing to take. I'm not saying that's the case here. Remember, the top priority, as outlined by Holmgren, has been to stop allowing big plays. The tradeoff, naturally, is taking fewer of the chances that help you get pressure. Perhaps the pendulum is swinging back the other way now. Holmgren's comments on the matter are below.
"We're at our best defensively, I think, when we're pressuring, not when we're playing coverage. And not that we haven't made plays playing coverage, and you've got to kind of mix it up and stuff like that, but I think our best results have been when we pressure. As we talked about many times, the tradeoff there is you're singled up. And in the case with Arizona, they have good receivers. As the signal caller on defense, John Marshall, I understand why he gets nervous doing that. That makes sense to me. I don't have to call the defenses, but I would think he doesn't want to put those guys on an island too much in the secondary. But when we pressure the quarterback, we're pretty good on defense so you've just got to decide how much you're going to do it."