Re: Our Defense is Close
posted at 2/3/2014 2:54 PM EST
In response to ATJ's comment:
Couple of points:
Kudos to Seattle D - best I've seen in recent years. Yep, I'll say it - elite.
Kudos to Pete Carroll for the coaching job - just superb.
Kudos to John Schneider - excellent team building - truly excellent.
Let's see how they do over the next several years. I like their chances.
I would remind everyone in this forum how the Pats did in their first 5 games. The O couldn't score on the little sisters of the poor and the D held opponents to avg of 14 points per game. Then they got hit by injuries.
Is the Pats D close to becoming Seattle's? I don't really think so but the D is close to becoming quite a good NE D. They are young - very young and the potential is there.
I love how some in this forum love to chase the shiny baubles.
It's not about shiny baubles. New England's defense isn't terrible when fully staffed.
But really, that early stretch was against all defensive ballclubs.
Buffalo, Tampa, New Jersey, Cincinatti, and Atlanta?
That is four bottom ten offenses and one middle of the pack offense - to whom they lost. If they gave up more points than they had, it would not have been good.
In reality, New England's defense is what it was at the end of the season. Lower end of the top 15. Middle of the pack.
~21.5 ppg is light years away from a defense that just held the best offense in history to eight points and scored a cool 22 on the way there, nabbing 4 turnovers in good weather.
So, no, it's not about baubles, but quality players. Perhaps another impact player, a couple high quality rotational players so your best guys are not playing 100% of the snaps, and some better depth. New England doesn't need an historically dominant defense like Seattle. They have a QB that does raise the level a bit. But New England does need a few of players to feild a true championship caliber defense that doesn't fall apart like a house of cards when one player is injured, and doesn't grind its starters to dust by the end of season by running them out there all the time.