We need a true nose tackle. We always needed one. I always wanted one. For two years we would have our linebackers cleaning up the mess in the trenches and be able to run sideline to sideline. Now they're in the middle of a soft box with only six and getting caught in the piles.
So in effect, we bring up Whitner and have easy passing lanes given up when there's a qb on the other side who can find them. We can't cover from a single high either when there's 3 receivers either because we're slidi ng Aldon over and thats a disaster. And with our nickel, we are not good enough to play press coverage and then the zone we play gets eaten up by good qbs. No use in press coverage because the pocket isn't getting any push with the lack of that NT.
We are giving up 5+ a carry and the qbs are able to scramble out of play action because Willis and Bowman have to commit too much to the possible run. Its unbelieveable. All I can say is thank God for Justin Smith.
When we had a NT to clog, we never worried about the 2nd and threes, the nine yard runs. Wow. I remember the 2nd and 11s, the constant third and longs. Thats what gets our defense off the field. Thats how our backers feasted on tackles and turnovers. Now they have to worry about blocks too and gameplans for. It sounds simple but our D is being asked to do too much work with our lack of a run stuffer. Thats where dominating defense starts.