Brian, thanks for the analysis and depth of thought. You are more right than most here would be willing to admit. Our defense was bad.
The point of the thread has strayed a bit--reading the Mike and why it is done--for the most part. It seems that it could have had a lot more to do with the OL's demise than anyone thought.
Liked the table--interesting. Our DT play made it impossible for Luke to do his job. McCoy was just looking for sacks--watch his film--there is little gap awareness. His stats? 15 Tackles, 5 sacks. Most people say, "5 sacks for a DT? That is great". McCoy took more than 2/3 of the snaps on defense and averaged less than 1 tackle per game. That is what $8m buys you in free agency.
Everyone rips D. Poe, who has about the same salary. From the NT position in 5 fewer games, Poe had 22 tackles and 4 sacks. NTs make fewer tackles and get fewer sacks. While Poe's numbers are not worth the $9m price tag he carries--he OUTPLAYED McCoy.
Kyle Love played in 15 games ($1.3m salary) and made 8 tackles, none were sacks. He was the most unproductive DT we had.
Perhaps the most hated DT on the roster was Vernon Butler. However, in on only 40% of the snaps (McCoy was 68%), Butler outplayed McCoy with many fewer opportunities. Butler had 32 tackles, 22 solo---6 sacks. So the fact that RR played McCoy more than Butler shows that RR s) Loves him some veterans, b) does not use data to make decisions.
We all know that RR's use of Cam has probably led to the end of his career. We feared that his riding CMC would do the same--but we may have not understood that his stupidity in terms of the DT rotation could have led to Luke's retirement. McCoy was here as a Buccaneer (his words) trying to steal a few million bucks from some sucker before he retires. He was not stuffing the run or keeping blockers off his hall of fame LB--he was out for McCoy.
Personally, I think someone is going to grab Butler in free agency and have a good player. That is how RR hurt this team--never developing talent--trusting veterans who were looking out for #1--not Cam--themselves.