This brings up a different point and the huddle seniority refuses to accept, lol. And that is Ron Rivera is changing us to a 3-4.
Ron Edwards has played exceptional in his role. He plugs the middle well and gets penetration on passing downs. But he plays like he is in the 3-4, usually taking the middle gaps. But this exposes our LB's who are small to medium sized 4-3 backers to lead blocks and they dont match up well to that. So if Edwards doesn't stop the run the saftey's have to because the LB's cant get through. Also what the hell is up with Charles Johnson dropping into coverage!!!! Not saying I don't like the 3-4 but as long as we are in this transition we are in jeapardy when it comes to down hill running. Look at the playoff teams or at least the ones we expect to be there this year mainly the 49er's, Ravens and Steelers. That looks like trouble to me.
Beason had 10 tackles last week, and two of those were TFL's, so our LB's will be just fine. I do agree with you about dropping DE's back into coverage though, and you have a good point about our 3-4 look, but we've never gotten gashed when in that formation.
The stats may not show it, but I think our run defense has done great, especially after the way the Bears ran all over us last year.