Originally Posted by WhiteWhale
I always wonder...
Do people think that 34 DE's in a 2 gap system are supposed to hold their gap on a pass play?
Granted, they have to read and react whereas in a 1 gap system they're penetrating immediately... but when they read pass their ONLY JOB is go get after the QB in any system.
No. However, in a 1-gap in base fronts, you enable your front to get pressure because they only have to play one gap and aren't reacting/holding position.
The primary flaw with the 2-gap for how the game is played now, is that it is simply too slow. For example, a team comes out in base 22 personnel. They run a PA pass. A 2-gap team probably has no chance of really getting presssure if the other team has adequate line play simply due to the time it takes for them to diagnose the play and then adequately react. In a 1-gap in base fronts, the DL is already moving upfield and has a much higher chance of getting penetration on PA and regular passes against base personnel from the offense. JMHO.