Originally posted by nvchamp9ers:
I think something that most people don't account when blaming the defense is the spot the offense puts them in, first giving the other team the ball at the 20 yard line first thing(INT) followed by a short drive and putting the D right back out there. Our offense needs to sustain drives we can't have so many 3 and outs, it will wear the defense down, it will get in their head. Our offense needs to help the defense win not be dragged there. I put this loss on the offense as much or more then the defense. The only 3 people that played the game for real was Lawson, Smith and Willis other than that no one really showed up on either side.
I think this is a fantastic point. But you look at the yards per game numbers for our defense, they don't really look elite, but those numbers are deceiving because the defense spends so much time on the field.
These numbers I like better:
6.7 Y/A against - 14th in NFL
180 attempts against - 3rd most in NFL
58.8 comp. % against - 11 in NFL
3.3 Y/A against - 3rd in NFL
135 att against - 11th most in NFL
These numbers clearly show that our offense has not been on the field long enough.