Originally posted by grizzlyadams:
The defense clearly wasnt the same down the stretch this season. We've struggled to stop the pass the last 4-5 games. So what's the problem? What do we need to add this offseason?
I also think its strange that the defense carried the team when the offense was struggling (last year & part of this year). Now that the offense has caught up, the defense has regressed. If we could put it all together, we'd be the champs tonight.
Your answer is Justin Smith. The defense went way down since basically the moment he got injured.
The defense as a whole performed more poorly than last season.
Justin Smith played very well, but wasn't nearly as dominant as in 2011, same with Ray McDonald.
Carlos Rogers and Chris Culliver both played more poorly and were hot and cold too often.
There was little to no defensive depth, too many guys played way too many snaps, that has to change.
Soap and Whitner both crapped the bed, Whitner gave up more touchdown's than any other defensive back in football, Soap was routinely abused and knocked around at the line of scrimmage. Whitner simply doesn't have the coverage skills, Soap simply isn't a good or even decent NT. He played out of his mind last season and still managed to be only average.