Originally posted by Brew:
Originally posted by Joecool:
Originally posted by Legbreaker:
Originally posted by BSofSF:
Has anyone done some serious analysis of this? I'm having a hard time understanding how our run defense, which was amongst the tops in the league, has totally gone down the crapper. Did we get hurt by the swap of Taylor Mays for Michael Lewis? The more high profile scapegoats aside, our run defense stinks. Would like to hear from those with a passion for the defensive side of the ball.
It all starts with the man in the middle. A. Franklin is getting his @ss kicked regularly.
It almost seems as though he's slanting too hard and not holding his position. Hope that's not a Manusky strategy.
This. I'm surprised more people haven't jumped on Franklin's lack of production. Last year, he was a machine in the middle. Every game, you'd see him taking RBs down in the backfield, getting penetration, getting his hands on passes, etc. This year, nada. Smith finally had a decent game yesterday with a couple of sacks, but I couldn't even tell you who our other DE is at this point. You'll hear more of P. Willy and our LBs when our front line starts doing their jobs better.
Another thing, will we EVER send a CB or safety blitz??? Clements and Spencer are good-tackling CBs. Remember Spencer against the Lions a couple years ago and that smash he laid on whoever was QBing for the Lions back then? Damn. Some creativity would be nice.