But wait. If Brayton, an older veteran, is doing worse than last year that could mean that older players level of play declines year over year...
Pfffffft. That's a ridiculous idea. P55 set this guy straight.
Brayton isn't playing well this year. Not sure why. I don't know that age is the main factor given that Brayton is not that old and doesn't have a history of abuse or injury to his body. Most older players break down due to cumulative wear and tear but Brayton wasn't a consistent starter his first couple of years and has been relatively healthy. Each case is different although age gets everyone in the end.
What I do see is that Meeks scheme is so dependent on getting pressure with the DEs and there is so little help with the DTs inside, our DEs are constantly taking inside rushes to get pressure on the quarterback. Consequently they get sucked inside and fail to do what the DE is mainly responsible for in the run game which is hold the edge and turn things inside. Teams can run wide on us particularly on the offense's left side (our right side) anytime they want. By the time the linebacker and safety can get over there, the running back is down the field. Hillis killed us that way last Sunday. The defensive scheme seems pretty porous many times against outside runs. The line stunts and attack angles seems pretty basic as well and are easily countered. I wonder how much is personnel, how much is execution and how much is scheme.
Maybe it is me but I would rather spend time discussing football and schemes for example that taking pot shots at other posters. How about you, Del??