Hardy has something to do with our pass D. Run D is largely our LBs screwing us not playing basic football they did all season last year. Between the tackle runs both Luke and TD have been inconstent with playing their gaps soundly and tackling
No it's not. The d-line is so bad offenses have been singling all of them and bringing up linemen or TEs to block our stud LBs. Countless times I've seen a center blocking Luke nearly out of a play and he still gets to the ball carrier first for the tackle, but instead of after 2 yards its after 10 yards. Hardy contributes hugely to that because he takes a double team so our LBs will go unblocked. And Hardy can actually beat a double team and still take a runner down. Star should be better and KK should play more because both of them need to be able to beat one blocker. But they can't. It all starts with our d-line, not the secondary, not the LBs.
And that's why people are stupid. There is no "requirement" for it, you just gotta watch them play and you can tell who's elite and who's not. Pin-point accuracy, pocket awareness, perfect decision making, touch on the ball, deep ball ability, etc. The QBs that can take over a game and not make huge mistakes are elite and there's only 4 of them right now. Rivers and Romo are close but not quite there. I'd have those two in the 2nd tier by themselves right now then after that Ben, Eli, Wilson, Cam, Luck, etc in no order.
I wouldn't go that far. If Hardy were playing and CJ wasn't injured you'd be seeing a whole different defense. Injuries/exempt players at a position of strength don't make the philosophy flawed. Was it flawed last year too? We had horrible talent in the secondary and were still the #2 defense.
Historically, the team hasn't been able to "turn it around". Year after year it's the same poo and some skepticism is ok.
Actually every year under Rivera we've started out slow and turned it around to finish out the year pretty damn good. This year we got to a much better start than 2011 and 2012 and arguably 2013 though we were showing improvemnt by this point in the season last year. I would bet a hell of a lot of money that we get atleast 8 wins. Whether that'd win the division or not I don't know.
I agree. A sample size of seven games can't tell you how good a team truly is. We looked far worse through four games last season.
No we didn't. We barely lost to the Bills and Seahawks on end of game mistakes and then dominated the Giants and then lossed to the Cards and although it was by a lot, a lot of it was due to stupid mistakes or dropped passes on 4th downs, turnovers, etc. We've been absolutely blown out 3 times this year and looked pitiful on both sides of the ball in all 3 games. Not once last year did our defense ever look as bad as it has this year and our offensive line is the worst in the league. We can't overlook this sh*t and say "oh we'll get over it like we did last year." We need to confront the problem head on and fix things, and fast.
No nastiness on this defense. Luke is a good football player, but he's more Tim Duncan than Jordan. We need some nastiness damnit.
You wanna bring basketball into this, we need the 1989/1990 Pistons Bad Boys. Isiah, Laimbeer, Rodman, Dumars, The Microwave, Mahorn, Daly at HC. Those guys were in the bottom half of the league in talent and went to 3 straight finals winning 2 of them all on intensity, passion, chemistry, mentality, attitude and coaching. Thats what we need on our team. It worked last year on defense even though our secondary was possibly worse talent than this year's. We need it back.
If we want to ever come close to being a team like we were last year we need this back. Nobody on our defense has this mentality anymore. They're all just collecting paychecks. Between Mike and Greg last year it rubbed off on others and those guys stepped up and played like this. Who can we bring in with this mentality? I don't even care if they can ball or not we just need this mentality back. Any FA's next year or players in the draft?