Originally Posted by Riddle_Of_Steel
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.
1. Blame the poor tackling from the LBs and DBs
2. I understand but the NT position isn't the reason why offenses become one-dimensional, great front 7 play does(you would probably agree but I'm just saying)
2. the 93 yrd td run by Pryor was because of being to aggressive. Gotta go back and look at the play(wish i wasn't reminded lol) but Woodley and Clark are the players should be blamed for that TD run.
4. teams averaged 2.0ypc up the middle when McLendon was in the line up(1st & 2nd downs).
Gotcha but our run defense was very good(for having 2 rookies at LB and Clarks bad tackling) at the end of the season it was the big plays earlier in the season that made us have the 21st ranked run defense