Re: Assessment of Matt Patricia as Defensive Coordinator...
posted at 10/13/2012 5:04 PM EDT
In response to BubbaInHawaii's comment:
In response to mthurl's comment:
In response to zbellino's comment:
I like his playcalling for the most part.
There are only a few instances where I scratch my head.
As it usually is ... execution is the major issue when a team fails. There are always far, far more situations when you can say ... if that player gets his head around, or doesn't commit a penalty, or something else. Catches the ball, make a better decision. Gets off his block. Every game is filled with dozens of dozens of these things. Switching it up to 'blitz' 3-4 more times a game will ultimately have a nominal impact on the total outcome.
And this defense so far looks about the same as last season. Middle of the pack in points allowed. Near the bottom in rating. Bottom five in yards allowed. Mediocre in TOP/3 and outs. Terrible in 3rd down percentage.
There are too many blown responsibilites. Not enough pressure. The weak outer edges puts pressure on an otherwise outstanding core. If Wilfork, Mayo, Spikes, etc, don't play a great game look out. If the offense doesn't put up 30 points, look out. He11 ... they lost even when they DID put up thirty points.
To me they are a carbon copy of last year's defense - the same problems/depth - with the exception of high upside in Jones and Hightower. They needed Fenene (or someone like him) to come up big in free agency...they swung and missed miserably...if Myron Pryor can come back and stay healthy it would help (but that's not going to happen). Brace can officialy be called a major league bust...Cunningham is almost there and Chung is not far behind. Those three have killed this defensive "rebuilding project".
so, would you say the D, overall, is performing better, worse, or the same as last year?
The same. Six of one, half a dozen of the other right? They added players but let players go.