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The defense could be on the edge of something big.

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I happened to be watching our week 2 game against NO last night. There is a world of difference in how our D is playing now vs. week 2.

All we did in that first game was go for the big hit. No one was wrapping up like they are now. The worst offenders were Beason, Nakamura and Captain. I see genuine NFL tackling when the D is on the field now.

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I finally came to the conclusion that Luke is better than a healthy Dan Morgan. Sorry guys but I was a Morgan homer.

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Having Dwan Edwards changes the defense. When they can't stop the run, the play action is deadly against the scrap metal secondary.

I'm not looking at 3rd and 7 as likely conversion for the offense anymore. I see a chance for Hardy or CJ to make a play. You can tell QBs start to drop their eyes to watch the rush as the games go on. They're starting to go after the ball more it seems. This defense will take the next step when it generates a ton of turnovers.

Would anyone have guessed this type of defense would take shape when Gamble and Beason have gone down?

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We have a lot of good things in place:

Luke & TD have been great together on the field. I have a feeling TD has been really guiding Luke on top of the Keeks being an absolute beast anyway.

CJ, Dwan, & Kraken (with the solid rotation w/ Alexander) they've been freaking awesome

Josh Thomas & DJ Campbell Honestly, I don't think they are the type that looks good for a short time being a la Martin or McCree and then become below average from there on out. Campbell looks really good, instinctive, and consistent along with Josh Thomas playing like a real NFL caliber starting CB.

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Don't get ahead of ourselves guys. This is a team that allowed Brady Quinn a above 100 QB rating.

Lets look at the Saints game and see what happens when we play a real QB and a real offense

I agree we are getting better BUT, this is nothing like D's of the past.... Not yet

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I happened to be watching our week 2 game against NO last night. There is a world of difference in how our D is playing now vs. week 2.

All we did in that first game was go for the big hit. No one was wrapping up like they are now. The worst offenders were Beason, Nakamura and Captain. I see genuine NFL tackling when the D is on the field now.

And people destroyed Rivera when he said we need to get back to basic fundamentals .. who's laughing now? xD

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Our D still has some ways to go to be top 10 but we are getting there. We have pieces and with a couple of shrewd pickups in the draft/FA we can get there.

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And people destroyed Rivera when he said we need to get back to basic fundamentals .. who's laughing now? xD

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And in my opinion, they should have. We were unprepared and under coached entering the season. Also please remember we only moved Luke to the middle when there was no other choice, and only went away from Nakamura when we had to.

I don't see these as arguments in his favor.

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And in my opinion, they should have. We were unprepared and under coached entering the season. Also please remember we only moved Luke to the middle when there was no other choice, and only went away from Nakamura when we had to.

I don't see these as arguments in his favor.

My point is better tackling and better overall fundamentals alone have made this defense look more solid. Therefore that decision to simplify was the best one he could have made.

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Our D still has some ways to go to be top 10 but we are getting there. We have pieces and with a couple of shrewd pickups in the draft/FA we can get there.

We're technically top 10

8th to be exact

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