Re: Why Should Lebeau Go??
One can make the argument that the NFL has figured out the 3-4 Fire Blitz scheme, with its 10 yard cushions and soft coverages. That #1 ranking means sqaut if you cannot get off the field on 3rd down and guys like Matt Hasselbeck and Carson Palmer can carve up your secondary like a Thanksgiving turkey.
They were ranked #1 last year by a wider margin, and they got torched for 316 yards and 3 TDs by Tim Tebow for crying out loud.
The scheme is great for minimizing yardage and looking good in fantasy football, but it has been failing to create turnovers, get off the field on 3rd down, and consistently stop other teams from scoring in crucial game situations.
It pases the fantasy stat test, but not the eye test.
I see no reason to think Lebeau cannot adapt his gameplan and still create a winning strategy (see 2010 Patriots game), but I do think it is time for a new defensive scheme. We have the personnel for run a mean 4-3.
"On the S-2-7 train"