Re: Lebeau Defenses not Championship Defenses
LeBeau makes plenty of on field adjustments. Ever notice how many times our opponent's 1st drive is fairly successful, but then nothing much happens afterwards??
One LeBeau's D is not, never has been, a shut down defense. In order to have a "Shut Down Defense" you have to take on more risk of giving up a big play. I'm sure this is going to impress you, but the fact is, when averaged out over the course of a season, his system works, as dull as it is.
Actually, I find that his defense is dynamic, but make no mistake, he is more than willing to give up ground, on exactly those kind of plays that make us think his D is not so hot, to acheive a better end result.
Think of it like this, it doesn't make sense to win the battle, if it causes you to lose the war.
Part of the problem we were having with the lack of dynamic plays, was Harrison ( clearly not the James Harrison of 2006-2009 even though the number is the same), and Hoaf-a-Loaf Woodley @ 30lbs overweight, with a bad hammie, were not generating much pocket pressure.
The other issue is when your all world safety ,is out for 6 games or so, and you are forced to play a couple of kids off the street, you have no choice but to play even more conservatively. That too effected our turnover ratio profoundly.