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Del Rio ran more Zone than Turgovac.

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YEah I think this rings a truth home about our defense that some will not have considered. The scehemes they were using were because we simply didn't not have either the experience or the ability in key areas of the D to be more aggressive. More aggressive would have been a VERY porous D. As it is the defensive scheme slowed the opposition offenses in terms of scoring. Yes they still put up points, but not nearly as quickly as they could have.

I think having a 2nd year guy calling the plays, a rookie free safety and a league low DL from the year before kind of forced their hand. They also struggled to improve in either position as the free agency and draft just did not fall that way.

I disliked the defensive scheme but frankly there is a big reason for te indentity of this D to suddenly vanish. The coaches may have thought the players couldn't handle it...YET. Goes back to the simplification fact and another reason why Pep feels it is time to move on. He is aware of what defensive plans the coaches have for next season and if they are planning on bringing the young guys slowly to ensure they are coached properly, then he is quite right in that he will not get the opposrtunities as he will in other schemes.

It does all make a lot of sense really...

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I think they have made adjustments.

Running the softer Zone is an adjustment.

As the season went on our D-line got weaker.

To compensate we had to allow a softer zone to keep from being killed by the big play. In theory the softerzone allows the D-line longer to make a play. They never made plays.

wow someone with some common sense!

Are you sure you don't want to blame Fox for everything while advocating the hiring of Bill Cowher to take his place? Maybe we should fire the entire defensive line. Or better yet trade defenses with Philly.

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YEah I think this rings a truth home about our defense that some will not have considered. The scehemes they were using were because we simply didn't not have either the experience or the ability in key areas of the D to be more aggressive. More aggressive would have been a VERY porous D. As it is the defensive scheme slowed the opposition offenses in terms of scoring. Yes they still put up points, but not nearly as quickly as they could have.

I think having a 2nd year guy calling the plays, a rookie free safety and a league low DL from the year before kind of forced their hand. They also struggled to improve in either position as the free agency and draft just did not fall that way.

I disliked the defensive scheme but frankly there is a big reason for te indentity of this D to suddenly vanish. The coaches may have thought the players couldn't handle it...YET. Goes back to the simplification fact and another reason why Pep feels it is time to move on. He is aware of what defensive plans the coaches have for next season and if they are planning on bringing the young guys slowly to ensure they are coached properly, then he is quite right in that he will not get the opposrtunities as he will in other schemes.

It does all make a lot of sense really...

holy poo. two intelligent, reasonable, well though-out posts in a row. Must be a record.

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holy sh*t. two intelligent, reasonable, well though-out posts in a row. Must be a record.

As people calm, post improve ;)

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In theory the softerzone allows the D-line longer to make a play. They never made plays.

I don't really subscribe to that theory. There were certainly blown assignments that plagued us at times, but our zone didn't seem to offer much in the line of sealing off coverage to buy the line any time. That could easily be chalked up to execution as well. Thing is, if it's constantly said that the line isn't doing it's job so we have to zone it, but the secondary isn't doing their job when we DO zone it, it's all being put on the players. If every single part of the defense has to be adjusted for because of their lack of talent or laziness or ineptitude in following the game plan, that loops right back around and points straight toward the staff.

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I don't really subscribe to that theory. There were certainly blown assignments that plagued us at times, but our zone didn't seem to offer much in the line of sealing off coverage to buy the line any time. That could easily be chalked up to execution as well. Thing is, if it's constantly said that the line isn't doing it's job so we have to zone it, but the secondary isn't doing their job when we DO zone it, it's all being put on the players. If every single part of the defense has to be adjusted for because of their lack of talent or laziness or ineptitude in following the game plan, that loops right back around and points straight toward the staff.

I'm not intending to throw the blame on the players and completely off the coaches.

Indeed if one thing doesn't work, CHANGE IT.

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Under Del Rio, guys showed more heart. I look at that team then and us now --- and it just isn't the same. Take away the schemes, take away the planning --- just guy's attitudes. It's not the same.

I don't know if Fox has gotten soft too or if it's all Turgocrap but the defense really isn't smash-mouth like they use to be.

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Buckner elborated on this yesterday in some discussion on a local radio show.

At first I was shocked, but as his rant continued it made more sense.

He said under DelRio the D-line knew they had to beat the man in from of them. Buck and Jinx had too or a guy named Shane Burton would come in and do it in their place. Pep and Ruck had too, or that cat named Al Wallace certainly would. He continued that after the first year or so under Turgo, that accountablitly started to reside, and a bit of complacency started to inch into the D-line because they knew he wouldn't replace the starters.

He said several times that Del-Rio ran a TON more soft zone schemes relying on the D-line making a play and Turgo does ALOT more blitzing and man2man. The difference being the D-line making plays for DelRio and not making plays for Turgovac.:eek:

Discuss...

Our d-line coach back then was Turgovac.

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Our d-line coach back then was Turgovac.

Excellent note.

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Under Del Rio, guys showed more heart. I look at that team then and us now --- and it just isn't the same. Take away the schemes, take away the planning --- just guy's attitudes. It's not the same.

I don't know if Fox has gotten soft too or if it's all Turgocrap but the defense really isn't smash-mouth like they use to be.

Did you think that the team showed heart in the first half of this season? They were fired up, making great plays, stuffing the leagues best backs and generally carrying the game for us.

Heart in my opinion is a term that is thrown around to describe many many things. Showing heart is making a stop when teams have pissed on you all day, putting in 100% even if the game is out of reach and going to work everyday and busting your ass in training. We have players that do that, so I am not 100% sure I agree that they 'showed more heart' under Del Rio.

Other people have elluded to my line of thinking. Depth. More importantly quality depth. That way you do not rely on one guy to be the man. Someone is not performing or is mentally not right, you can sub them out safe in the knowledge that the guy you are putting in is hungry and can perform.

I would suggest that it is not heart that our team lacks, but rather hunger to succeed. Starters who are entrenched for many years with no fear of losing their spots lose that sense of urgency. Look at Jenkins, they guy still played hard for us but is a different man at NYJ. Rucker & Pep both never had any worry about their jobs because we always filled their spots with developmental guys. This is why I loved the Brayton pick up. the guy was mis-used, labelled a bust but clearly still cares about the game and is very competitive. Put him in and he is going to bust his ass off trying to make plays. whilst I am not certain he is starter for years to come he would be great as our modern day Al Wallace.

Frankly losing Peppers means one thing. the DL starting slots are up for grabs, both Lewis and Lemo are not young and not world beaters. Therefore it is time to bring back that rotation where no guy is safe and everyone on the DL is playing for their space on the roster, not just a starrting position.

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Football is emotion and attitude as much as Xs and Os. I think the fire is long gone in TRGOs defense.

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Football is emotion and attitude as much as Xs and Os. I think the fire is long gone in TRGOs defense.

So you feel players such as Beason, Davis, Brayton, Marshall and Harris have no emotion and attitude?

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