Re: Game Lost In The Trenches
posted at 11/19/2013 9:49 AM EST
In response to Tydog's comment:
The big negative that I saw was the total lack of a pass rush. These DTs just cant push the pocket.
Cam Newton had all day to throw, had forever to throw, the few sacks we got were coverage sacks, our 3rd down defensive ranking is plummeting for a reason, our defensive tackles are getting blown off the ball, being blocked one on one, if Newton needed a first down all he had to do was run because our tiny DT's couldn't contain and couldn't shed blocks.
The loss of both Wilfork and Kelly is too large to overcome, any well balanced offense will have it's way with us. The most we can hope for going forward is that the offense becomes too good to stop and the defense becomes opportunistic again and starts causing turnovers, tough to do when opponents play a conservative, ball control game plan, which smart teams will do going forward...
It wasn't the bad calls on McCourty and the hold on Gronk (although those were certainly bad calls) it wasn't a single bad play by Talib or Arrington, it is an overall weakness in the dead center of our defensive front that makes all of our pass rushers, linebackers and defensive backs look bad because it starts up front and nothing is happening up front.
Chris Jones, Vellano, Sopoaga and Fortson are nice complementary players but theres not a dominant starter amongst them. This isn't a debate. We had these same defensive issues when Love and Deaderick were starters for the exact same reasons, with Wilfork and Kelly we were the best defense in the NFL. It's not a mystery. Wilfork was the single most irreplaceable defender on our team and he is gone.