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03-07-2013, 02:27 AM
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Originally Posted by rumrokh View Post
There are probably more direct and accurate answers to this, but my answer is that if the Blues play well, none of this matters.
Of course! And this thread's analysis of the "playing well" reasons has been diligent and complete; the Blues lose focus when challenged, fail to play as a 5-man unit, suffer from underproduction or stat-chasing by key players... and more.

The reason I'm curious about the interference issue is because this year's team seems to lack the gritty, unforgiving defense that characterized last year's successful team. This wouldn't be the first time that a new rule or rule interpretation changed the way the game has to be played after a lockout. Rules against holding and for the two-line pass undermined the trap, and the trapezoid remains controversial for creating the dangerous race to the corners.

With that in mind, did the change in interference take the "teeth" out of the Blues' defense?

On the other hand, maybe Colaiacovo really was the keystone.

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