Only 9 teams are giving up less than 20 points per game. The bottom three NYG at 34.8, Jax at 33, and Vikings at 31.6. Panthers are only giving up 13.6 so they are an excellent defense- too good for our mediocre coaching staff and vanilla offense to overcome. But if we don't get this defense fixed and soon, it won't matter how well Freeman plays. We are simply not built to outscore teams. Don't see the Vikings putting up over 30 points every Sunday. Not sure what Winfield would have cost us, but his experience is badly needed. The LB corps is substandard and we don't even have to talk about how bad the defensive backfield is. There is some potential up front though.
Teams successfully running a WCO and/or 3-4 defense are more flexible and using some imagination. Obviously, you can run a WCO that throws passes further than 5 yards, we just don't. The 3-4 defense is really just a way to switch up who the 4th (or 5th) rusher is on any given play and keep the Offense guessing as to where they need to slide their protection.
Same thing with the zone defense, it can still work at times, and/or with slight modifications. Maybe, you play your top 2 CBs in a man cover vs. teams with 2 really good WRs, but you build a zone around them to pick up the rest.
Our schemes are out dated and we've seen very little if any willingness to try to adapt to what works in today's game.
Of course, lacking a legit QB doesn't help things on either side of the ball...when you have more 3 and outs than first downs in a game, your defense is on the field all game long and with enough chances, any D will get beat eventually. We are 2nd worst in the league in time of possession, averaging about 26 minutes, that means the opposition has the ball an extra 8 minutes per game and all those extra opportunities take a toll on your D.
The threat of him knocking Eli out in the playoffs every year was just too real. Did you see him after the Broncos/Giants game? He HATES playing Eli!!
I am guessing you missed the heavy dose of sarcasm in that one.
We are the only team in the league that could have 3 first round picks and fail to make any of them a star. Pathetic.
The knock on Patterson out of college was that he didn't work hard and was a lousy route runner. That couldn't have anything at all to do with him not getting on the field, could it?
Face it - Bill Musgrave has forgotten more about football than you will ever know.
But the knock on Patterson wasn't his work ethic. His biggest knock was that he was so raw, having only 1 year against FBS level competition. He wasn't a lousy route runner, he just hadn't developed his route running skills yet - again, raw.
Up to this point in his career, Patterson has dominated by relying solely on his athletic ability and instincts so often that he hasnít taken the time to master the craft of running precise routes and setting up defensive backs consistently.