Re: Soft defense explanations
I don't think we have a soft defense, but we do have some soft spots, and our tackling isn't quite as good as a it usually is. We miss Jerideau in the middle, Surratt and Dixon Jr. are nice DTs but neither clog the middle the the way Big Byron did. We also miss Holloman for his tackling, and Swearinger for making the big defensive play. We have lacked big defensive plays these first two games. Then there is Shaq Wilson, he wasn't so good out in space, but he could clog those running lanes very well. He would have made a difference if we had him. The other big thing I noticed, was that we didn't keep contain. Our LBs would crash in and Gurley would bounce it outside time and time again. It seems like our back 7 is a little too slow to react unfortunately. Not REALLY slow, just slow enough to let opponents get the hole they needed when running, or get a little space to a catch a football. We need to improve our reactions. DL too, they need to start their rushes quicker, simultaneously with the snap.