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Mr. Scot

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I could care less about bone jarring hits and ending peoples careers if we are winning. Should Beason be like Ray Lewis? Ray has one superbowl a while ago and beats a murder charge the same year, that team has barely been competitive in the last 9 years. We have been up and down but never below 7-9 in that same span and our first beast MLB cant tie his shoes anymore. Beason is ok, natural leader, let him do his thing

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Not that Pep ever was a leader, but it was his team according to the Big Cat.(at least that's what JR wanted) So Now the door is wide open for a new guard and I think we have been seeing him take over anyway, might be part of the reason why Pep wants out.

Interesting theory.

Doubt Peppers would ever admit it even if it were true, but it's something to ponder.

Gantt posted yesterday that the position coaches would likely be in place in the next couple of days. Nothing on day one, and no one mentioned as a potential hire has been signed by anyone else.

We'll see what the next few days bring.

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Do you guys even remember the previous few years when our defense often went for the big hit? Sure, they would smack someone back a few yards, eliciting instant oooh's and aaah's from the fans...at least until the offensive player regained their momentum and ran for another 10 yards or more because we didn't wrap up or make sure he went to the ground. Hard hits are fine, but that's not what wins games or makes defenses great, or even good. It's solid fundimental play that differentiates the good defenses from the bad, not the number of oooh's they get during the game.

Fans like the big hits, and many mistakenly think that is the way to intimidate an offense. However, to counter that thought, how many big hits did Asumagha have for Oakland this year? Not many. Yet, he was one of the most intimidating defenders in the league. Why? Because offenses were afraid to throw his way and changed their gameplan to avoid him. He intimidated with fundimentals, not by jacking people up. Of course, he was the biggest example, but it was the same for pretty much all of the players who play fundimentally sound football (with starter quality talent, obviously). So, give me a team with good solid fundimentals every single time.

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Asomugha used to be a regular on ESPN's "Jacked Up" when they had it.

Hard hitting and solid fundamentals are not mutually exclusive. The best defenses have both, and there's no reason why we can't.

One of my big complaints about Trgovac is that fundamentals and discipline declined steadily under his watch.

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Not that Pep ever was a leader, but it was his team according to the Big Cat.(at least that's what JR wanted) So Now the door is wide open for a new guard and I think we have been seeing him take over anyway, might be part of the reason why Pep wants out.
Interesting theory.

Doubt Peppers would ever admit it even if it were true, but it's something to ponder.

i think there could be a lot of truth to that. peppers could easily have been one of the focal points of jenkins famous "no heart" comments. He certainly wasn't showing much that season, was he?

if it was peppers team then it could be that his example was to not give it 100% all the time. people said he led by example...it wasn't the example that beason was giving. i don't know that peppers was feeling like the team was passing him by or anything but i do know that i would much rather have the defense led by the hard work of beason, davis, harris, and godfrey. those guys learn all the time how to be better and give it everything they have on the field and off.

peppers doesn't really fit there.

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Sometimes I think there's nothing more disheartening than a guy who could be great.

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Finally decided to research Meeks past a little more. Found this tidbit.

When he was interviewing for the Redskins head coaching job, he listed Greg Blache as a top choice to be his DC. Blache was formerly with the Bears, who tend to prefer aggressive defenses. He was named Redskins DC under Jim Zorn this past season.

Looking for more...

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The Patriots always go for smart players on defense, which is a good strategy.

The fact that we had to simplify our scheme to be effective doesn't speak well, honestly :(

It doesn't but I wonder if that had more to do with all of the young starters/new faces and the fact they changed the defensive line gaps.

I think the core of this defense, Beason, Davis, Kemo and Harris, all have the potentiel to fit into either the "nasty" or "smart" defense.

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A little info, not much insight.

The Colts LB coach was actually there before Meeks, but the DL and DB coaches were hired the same year. How much input he had, unknown, but reasonable to expect he had some say.

The DB coach's name is Alan Williams. he came from the Tampa school and had worked with the DBs there under Kiffin's scheme. Not a huge surprise given the Cover 2 style.

The DL coach is John Teerlinck, a guy I personally think is a POS but who had a history with Dungy from his days in Minnesota. Teerlinck is the defensive version of Alex Gibbs, a coach who's effective, but questionable. He's been accused of coaching dirty play more than once. Likely more a Dungy hire given the past relation.

Was hoping for more, but other than this and the bit about Greg Blache, not much.

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