as frustrating as our defense has been, I am willing to give Dom some slack with regard to the personel he has to work with.Raji
is a mystery, sometimes good, sometimes awful.Worthy
have never played a 3-4, and both ended on IR. If Worthy really had an ACL tear, it is possible we wont get him back until later next year, he may need to be PUPed.Jarius Wynn
(last year's starting DE) was completely playing out of scheme, they just slapped a beer gut on a 4-3 DE and called it good. he sucked.Pickett
is not a DE. he gives it his best, but the man is a NT.C.J. Wilson
is Jarius Wynn to a lesser extent, never makes much of an impact at all, is just "there".
none of our DL collapse the pocket consistantly, "their jobs are to eat blocks!"... while true, nobody is going to scheme doubles to any of these fellows because none of them are beating singles. they gotta EARN that attention.Hawk
kinda sucks, but not bad enough to replace before other needs.
aside from clay, Bishop
is our only LB with the stones to ATTACK O-linemen and bull through them (Hawk prefers to hand fight which NEVER WORKS),and Bish was down all year.
(hey, remember when Jarrett Bush was starting over Heyward and Shields?)Nick Collins
was forced into early retirement, and we have yet to replace him. Nick was probably the most athletic player we had on D, along with the fact he called our coverage.Erik Walden
is the one of the worst LBs I have ever seen. He can't cover, he can't contain, can barely tackle, and cannot beat single-blocking to save his life.Clay Matthews
is fucking awsome.
I think 1-5 Williams,Shields,Heyward,House,Woodson (sometimes), is a pretty solid unit. It would be nice to have bigger DBs, but that is nitpicky.
Burnett is o.k.
IMO we really have a weak/soft DL, We need lineman who shove the OL back, why is it BAL, PIT, and SF's 3-man rushes still collapse the pocket and ours barely get passed the LoS? WEAK. we need lineman who play with POWER, our current bunch is holding us back.
Ted needs to do better!
in all my typing, I forgot what the OP was about... oh well