I've had a week now to sift through my thoughts. In my emotional state, I was calling for Caper's head. I thought it was his fault that we got ran all over. But I believe this article does a great job of deciphering who really was the culprit. Great article and the author did a wonderful job of talking through key plays and schemes that were run.
Originally Posted by ugottabjoshinme
I think we need to look at this in a whole another level. I think the issues we have with our defense does not start with our linebackers, it starts with our line. In a 3-4, you need huge space eating defensive linemen who are take on two + blocks without being moved. I think we have that in Pickett. Despite his age, he did a wonderful job. Raji in my opinion, is either playing out of position or is way overated. At times he looks dominent and at others (the SF game) he is getting absolutely worked and driven off the line of scrimmage. That should never happen to a man his size. I'm not so sure we should rush out and hand him a huge contract. I'd be worried he would become another D tackle who gets paid and dissapears. If he is this inconsistent now, wait till he has a fatter contract. I'd like to note that I'm not advocating that we release or not offer him a contract, but I think we need to be smart about it. We need d-linemen with way bigger wingspans. What no one talks about is that we really miss a guy like Johnny Jolly. That guy was huge, swatted balls, and was a menace in the run game. We miss him way more than we do Jenkins. He may not have provided a big push in the passing game, but that is where we can through in guys like Worthy, Neal, and Daniels. Leave the fat guys in on 1st and 2nd down to stop the run, then rotate. Either way, if we want to become more physical, it should always start with the line. (Don't get me started on how much I hate watching our O-line get pushed around too).
"As Iron sharpens Iron, so shall one man sharpen another."