Soft defense explanations
I'm trying to figure out why we're so soft on defense, this year, when defense used to be the reason why we could stay in most games, with a mediocre offense.
I'm wondering, specifically, if the new targeting rules have had any effect. For example, remember when Coach Ward said, in a video, during fall camp, that they were coaching the DBs to NOT be headhunters, when he was quizzed by reporters about the new rules??? Well, we don't have any headhunters on defense.
I don't want to see guys get ejected, but, sometimes, is it worth taking a 15 yard penalty, for a late hit, or a hit out of bounds, or something of that nature, to get the kids fired up. I mean, a 15 yard penalty is better than an 80 yard TD on 3rd and 14!!!
We've got the thread on conditioning, and I very much agree with the sentiment from a lot of fans that we may be out of shape.
And, we've covered the fact that we're not blitzing, moving around, bringing different looks, playing vanilla defense.
I know that the guys are young.
Other than the things listed above, what else do you see that is out of place?
What's the difference between a D.J. Swearinger, a Captain Munnerlyn, an Eric Norwood, a Ko Simpson, a John Abraham, and a Sheldon Brown, as opposed to the current players???????????? We are missing these types of players, IMHO.