Take a look yourselves...Vikes, Colts, Bears. We had all three beaten until the last 2 mins when our D just takes a dump...and an ugly one at that. But subtract that from the rest of the game the D played, and they played quite well. Okay, the Colts beat us, but Peyton didn't, and we were in it until the last play . The Vikes didn't beat us, Favre, on a hail mary did. Last nite we had the Bears beat, then were about to lose, again in the last 2-3 minutes, when our excellent D went into the 2 min disaster it did in both the Vikes and Colts games. We couldn't stop anything Favre, Peyton or Cutler did in the final two minutes...until cutler ended it with a nice pass to Mike Lewis.
So what the heck is happening? We are playing good D, maybe great D, until it really matters, at the end of the game with 2 mins to go. All 3 teams, stymied by us until the last 2 minutes, suddenly can do no wrong against a D that had stopped Adrian Peterson all nite, FAvre all nite, peyton all nite, cutler all nite...all until the last 2 minutes...our fateful "D 2 minute drill".
Okay, how to fix the problem. Well, like anything else, one cannot fix something if he doesn't realize there is a problem. Okay, the D, while playing well, has a real problem, and it is the last 2 minutes of the game. Okay, now we know the problem, how do we fix it? I'm no coach, but we have some good ones, and between manusky and bigmike, they OUGHT to be able to come up with a new D plan for the last 2 minutes, with the game on the line. Some of it, i suppose, is playing not to lose....which always fails. But at times we have blitzed. In both the Vikes and Colts games, we did it too late and too infrequently on the final drives.
Manusky and bigMike need to realize this fatal flaw in our D, and set about how to counter it next time, and for the rest of their careers. It was pretty obvious in the Vikes and Colts games that both QBs did poorly with our blitzes. We just didn't use them until too late, and then not often enough. Is this enough to fix our 2 min D drill, or do we need different players, different sets...heck who knows. But realizing the problem is more than 50% of the fix, and the coaches need to take it from there.