My first time posting in this section, and I think I'll try this regular segment calls "What would I have done" on either Offense, or Defense after a game.
Before I begin, allow me to list my impressive credentials and why I think I'm qualified to give my opinions on these subjects. You see, I started out my NFL career with Tecmo Bowl, and subsequently moved on to the Madden series. I have years - decades - of experience watching the games on TV, and an equally impressive repertoire of directing defenses from my couch. I have directed defenses and offenses from many couches. So relax, I know what I'm talking about.
Anyways, let's begin.
In the Denver game, we all saw that Peyton threw deep to some guys multiple times. And, that our safeties and corners always seems to be a bit out of position. Is it because of scheming? Is it because of sucktitude in the players themselves? Probably both.
This is what I would have done if I was directing the defense in that game. After we're up by two scores, I would have adjusted my strategy a bit, and go for blood. I would have moved my defenders into a quasi stack 3-3-3 formation, with two deep safeties and the FS and/or LB (depends on if I want to send the kitchen sink, or not) playing a sort of zone in the middle. This is purely to contain the deep play, because I'm willing to give up the middle at this point. I'd have my corners press HARD and chip the outside WRs to inside for containment, and then I send the house at the QB. Yes, you may make your throw, but you'll pay. I'll even concede a touchdown in that series, but the QB will have to work hard, and pay for it. Take a look at my awesome Paint illustration and see for yourself, I call this formation The Batwing. Now, you can substitute personnel as you see fit, but the basis of this formation remains the same.
Of course you can disguise this a bit, but there are enough creative blitz packages you can send from this formation. The different colored lines denote the routes the rushers can take.
Let me know what you guys think.