Originally Posted by ricardisimo
So, three games into this season, the NFL has "caught up" to the system that produced the #1 D last year? Right.
No scheme that is based around a healthy Harrison and Polamalu works when, you know, they're not healthy.
I don't think it's all scheme, but last year's #1 defense was mostly smoke & mirrors. The soft schedule against mediocre (or worse) QBs led to the inflated defensive ranking. They couldn't produce a pass rush last year either, and one of the worst seasons in NFL history in forced turnovers.