Webb Faces Tough Matchup vs Pierre-Paul
Webb facing tough matchup with Giants' Pierre-Paul
Winning 1-on-1 battles more about technique than overall skill sets
http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/...8/64141676.jpg Offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb (73) and center Roberto Garza (63) during training camp. (Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune / August 11, 2011)
Matt Bowen Scouting the Bears 5:18 p.m. CDT, August 21, 2011
The Bears' J'Marcus Webb had issues in the preseason opener against the Bills' Shawne Merriman. The Buffalo linebacker manipulated and took advantage of poor technique from the left tackle, using speed and power to get to the quarterback.
Monday night, Webb faces another threat off the edge in New York. Even with Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora out with a knee injury, the Bears tackle is going to draw the matchup of former first-round pick Jason Pierre-Paul.
Pierre-Paul abused Carolina left tackle Jordan Gross — a two-time Pro Bowler — last weekend in the exhibition opener for both clubs. He had two sacks and another quarterback pressure that resulted in an interception.
However, winning at the NFL level in one-on-one situations is more about technique than overall skill sets. And that's where Webb has to take Monday's game working against Pierre-Paul in space.
Start with footwork. Webb has to kick back off the line, square his shoulders and get enough depth in his drop to cut off any speed rush from Pierre-Paul.
No different than blocking on punt protection as a wing. Staying square with a quick first step gives Webb the initial advantage in the matchup.
The next phase centers on balance and hand placement. Pierre-Paul was productive working against the Panthers because he has a variety of moves on contact. All the best rushers do. The swim move, arm-over, bull rush, rip, etc.
How does Webb counter? Keep his feet under control, don't overextend (or reach) and "punch" with his hands on contact — using power.
We often see offensive lineman get beat in the NFL because they lose balance, widen their feet and give up the inside path to the quarterback. There is no margin for error in this league when the quarterback is sitting in the pocket.
But by staying square, playing low in his pass set and only turning his shoulders once Pierre-Paul has declared up the field, Webb can control the situation in New York.
Remember, technique wins no matter how one-sided a matchup may look in pregame warm-ups. Give the edge in speed and athletic ability to Pierre-Paul, but focus on the technique of Webb on Monday.
After playing at Glenbard West and Iowa, Matt Bowen spent seven seasons in the NFL as a strong safety with the Rams, Packers, Redskins and Bills, including playing for Lovie Smith and Mike Martz in St. Louis. When he's not writing for the Tribune, you can find his work at nationalfootballpost.com.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/...9-28111323.jpgFan Shop: Get your Bears hats, jerseys and more
Copyright © 2011, Chicago Tribune
5.00 from 1 ratings