Originally Posted by BLACK_AND_YELLOW
A dominate NT is useless if offenses forces us to take that position off the field(But I agree if its a dominate NT it wouldn't hurt) But we wouldn't even be talking about the NT position if our LBs could tackle earlier in the season. fix the LB corp and better DE play beside Heyward the defense will be fine.
But this is about fixing a run defense that plummeted from top-5 to mid twenties. That starts with the big guy in the middle.
The 3-4 is predicated on making opposing offenses one-dimensional.
We let a QB run 94 yards for a TD this last season for crying out loud. Teams were able to move the ball against us on the ground this year, and it opened up more possibilities for them in the passing game.
I see what you and the article are saying though-- the emphasis on DT/NT has declined in recent years. But even if he's only going to be on the field for 50% of the snaps-- we saw this season how ugly it can be if those snaps are not effective.
Teams weren't running the ball against us in sub-packages this year. They were gashing us right up the middle on early downs.