Originally posted by nw49erfan:
Originally posted by Gelb1472:
According to MB's blog post Fangio's defensive rankings have gotten markedly worse with each subsequent year that he is the DC on a team. Yet he apparently has the same origins as Dom Capers who ran the GB defense all over Vick and Philly tonight. Can anyone provide detailed analysis as to why with such a powerful system, Fangio is consistently plagued with defenses getting worse under his control rather than better?
I've been an avid fan 88-89. It's actually pretty simple why the defense declined. They simply got old in Carolina. When Bill Polian and Dom Camper put together the Panther from the expansion years they spent most of their draft choices on Kerry Collins and the rest of the offense. They used Free agents and the expansion draft which was filled with older veterans to build their defense.
In Indianapolis they simple didn't have much talent which is why they hired Tony Dungy to install the cover 2 defense which is more of a bend but don't break defense. Even today they try and make you drive the entire field by not giving up big plays.
Houston was another expansion team.
Exactly. The only defensive players I can remember from those Carolina teams were Kevin Greene and Sam Mills, who were both old by that time. In Houston they didn't have a defensive player until Mario Williams. They had a steady stream of busts. Travis Johnson comes to mind. And in Indianapolis, who can remember a defensive player before Dwight Freeney?
If Fangio has talent, he will get the job done, and at this point, we do have some talent on the defensive side of the ball and I think he would do a much better job than Manusky.