Re: Problems with defensive backs and linebacker is more than just "attitude"
Our biggest losses in both numbers and key player status were on defense. We knew that, but became quite optimistic that the speed of our new linebackers would fill the void. We also expected Cooper to be ready to go. Neither happened. I still expect to see improvement at Spur and LB, but it won't likely happen in just a few weeks. The DL is starting to move up, though still have a way to go after losing Jerideau and Taylor. I think we all knew Swearinger would not be replaced. The thought was that the overall coverage would help make up for losing him, but didn't count on the drop-off in run support. It is what it is. It will likely come around. Meanwhile, the offense has finally begun to produce - to be a dependable partner. A good offense is a much more needed asset for the defense than vise-versa. We are used to a defense that basically carried the team for several years. We will have to watch a defense grow into its job while the offense gains even more confidence and effectiveness. In terms of sheer stopping power, we haven't looked good at linebacker. With UCF's tailback and their quick-read quarterback, we will see tomorrow how far they all have come in 2 weeks. I'm counting on the offense to carry us for the next 4 or 5 games. I'll be delighted if they don't have to.