Originally Posted by steeltheone
Smith played on a defense full of Pro Bowlers...It makes a big difference. Smith was good, but when he went down ( a lot ) Hood filled in and the Defense did not skip a beat.
We don't have that level of talent now.
I agree. I dont see the huge dropoff between Smith and Keisel or Hood/Heyward. The guy was stronger at the point of attack than Hood, but marginally.
Smith had 44 sacks in 13 seasons. I dont expect our DE's to get sacks, but rather clog up 2 blockers and push the pocket to allow our LB's to blitz and make plays. the LB corps has been aging and undertalented for some 3 years now and it shows.
I hope we go forward with guys like Heyward, Hood, McLendon, Ta'amu, Fangopu, Keisel in the future and that players like Timmons, Woodley, Spence and this year's OLB draft pick can be more impactful players.