Re: Talib Has Work To Learn Defensive System
posted at 11/2/2012 4:43 PM EDT
In response to Neal Page's comment:
Injuries sat Safety, Baltimore replacement refs, etc. That's why. Again, the stats are bloated and not really reflective of the reality of the potential of the D.
It's like GM showing is great growth from 1990-2007 when we all know their real numbers are worse than Honda, Toyota, Nissan, etc. So, whatever GM was telling me or any stockholder was a crock, when I knew it was a Potemkin Village. Rotten at its core and it's still rotten, unfortunately.
Reality vs perception. Gee, I could have sworn I saw more and more Japanese and So. Korean vheicles at stoplights through the years and it wasn't a mirage. Gee, there's another American car broken down on the highway. Yep. I know I've seen those things. Born at night, but not last night.
Pats secondary isn't rotten, it just needs tweaking.
It's essentially inferior play by two players who were struggling/have struggled. Rookie, Tavon Wilson and Arrington. No idea what's up with Arrington, but his situation is being addressed. I'll wait on Wilson. Might be too much exposure too soon/trying to do too much as a rookie, etc.
I refuse to pretend the phantom/ticky tack PI calls in the Baltimore game as representative of the reality of how the secondary generally plays. I agree the big plays aren't good, but I also believe it's a phase early in the season where it will be addressed.
I do agree with Bruschi that it's surprising that Wilson made the exact same error on both plays. I was very surprised he was overly aggressive in that spot again and took a very shallow position back there. If I am Wilson since the Seattle game, my whole goal would be to not let that happen ever again.
But, again, not fundamental. It's fixable. BB will have them tuned up. Just watch.
The injuries and replacement refs are not valid arguments. Chung has been a disappointment for a couple of years now. Maybe Gregory would have been an upgrade from what we had last year, but it is not like he was a top line safety coming in here or that the defensive backfield looked that great in the games he was there.
I think the problems are fundamental. Not turn your head when the ball is in the air is fundamental. Not letting the receiver behind you in a cover-2 is fundamental.
There is this misconception that the defensive improved over the course of the season last year. Over the last six games they allowed an average of 422 yards and 23 points... Which was actually slightly worse then they performed over the first 8 games...
The main reason they ended the season on an 8-0 run was not that they defense got better, it was that they played garbage teams! The offense kept scoring enough to win the games. Statistically, the best defense they played over the last 8 games of the year was the Dolphins (8th in points allowed and 15th in yards last season).