Defense also got better in the second half. Kevin Steele’s crew got home on this simulated pressure front. When you show pressure at the line of scrimmage and get the offensive line to make a call, good. And if you can get the offensive line to overact and get three defenders to meet at the quarterback, even better.
The preservation of the back end allows much more sound coverage options. The previous regime would often times leave defenders exposed on the backend. This is a simple numbers game. When five offensive linemen stay in, plus quarterback and running back, that is seven. Now you have seven defenders on four pass catching options.
A defensive coordinator will mix up, of course he will but when you don’t have to commit as much to get pressure, it helps. The defensive line rotation was immense. In on this play alone was Antonio Moultrie, Thomas Davis, Elijah Roberts and true freshman Nyjalik Kelly.