thought our defense was going to be this going into this season?
ok bare with me here.
we ran a control offense a couple of years ago, like others have pointed out. We would run, run, pass....punt... then get a turnover great field position, FG. rinse and repeat.
during that time our defense was averaging like 2-3 turnovers a game I swear. And Andy Lee was playing at an All Pro level.
with our personnel, teams couldn't run the ball on us (tackles like Franklin, Sop)....they were one dimensional and our defense teed off. Also turnovers were coming from fumbles and INTs. We would win close games...rarely winning by 14 or more pts.
Do you think the Coaches have abandoned that ball control conservative approach, because they didn't believe going into this season that the defense is the same? That we would not get turnovers left and right? (i'm sure they didn't think Reid would seem like a ball hawk already)
against the Packers (underhandedly so) the defense gave up points...we came out passing...looking for big plays. Against the Seahawks, again they have ran well against us before, so again it seemed like we tried fancy stuff to try to score quickly.
and today against the Colts, even when we showed we could run the ball well, we still abandoned that and seemed to look for big plays...and before you knew it, we were forced to look for big plays (just like the Seahawks game) Pass rushers have teed off on us lately as well...knowing we are in passing situations.
these weird toss running plays make it seem like they are looking for big gains, instead of trying to just run forward and get 4 yards...but in turn we are losing 3-4 yards.
I think it was Phill Sims or someone who said they spoke to Greg Roman and asked about the tough start to the season....and Roman said something like he felt that by after game 3 we would have an idea about what we needed to do. So I'm wondering if the coaches felt we needed to try to score on these playoff teams with great QBs...and took that approach with the playcalling and formations....mainly in thinking that we could not rely on the turnovers and special teams from 2011-2012.
remember I think it was the Ravens game on Thanksgiving night, that kind of showed how you could beat us.. I pointed it out back then. But it was don't turn the ball over and don't take sacks or penalties...and just be patient. Back then our defense and discipline (not getting penalties ourselves) was top notch.
But now our defense and discipline is not top notch.....as far as our defense, that can be attributed to the offense not moving the ball putting up points and giving our defense a rest...but what about the discipline?
I personally think that we'll be forced to go back to the old style, which is great...as long as we sprinkle in playaction plays on 1st and 2nd downs here and there.