The problems with the offense are clear as day, but our previously vaunted defense has also struggled 8 of our last 9 games (last 6 last year), giving up: 34, 42, 13, 31, 24, 24, 28, 29, 27. I think there are some clear problems that are not being addressed:
• Our secondary is terrible. We can't cover anybody. Obvious, but had to be mentioned.
• We need a real nose-tackle to clog up the middle.
• We don't blitz enough or throw enough variations at the opponent. It's the same four man rush every single play. It's like watching 1960's football. Other teams have all sorts of blitz packages flying around. We hardly even move players around pre-snap, giving the opposition plenty of time to analyze and dice-up our alignment. It's like our coach or coordinator has an unmovable belief that this single, repetitive approach will eventually prevail, despite the results that indicate otherwise.
I am hoping we've had enough tail-kickings for the coaches / GM to realize these defensive issues need to be addressed. We're clearly not playing defense with a fierceness or intensity anymore, and it seems like the players are getting pretty frustrated / embarrassed out there with their lack of effectiveness.