I think we have speed in Williams and Rivers. The big key is ends setting edges and tackles clogging the middle. We haven't been doing a good job limiting running lanes. If we go too light, we will get beat up in the middle worse than last year. I still think our weakest link at this time is MLB. We don't have that fix on the team. No money for a FA. And slim to no chance a draft pick would be allowed to step in. This year will tell Fewell's story. If he has the ability to fix this defense or not.
PS. I think Beatty did a good job this season. I didn't think he was overpowered.
I am not sure that it will happen in this game though. Baltimores defense isn't dominant anymore. Lewis is a shell of himself, Sizzle isn't fully recovered and Pollard can't cover.
We missed Canty for most of the season and i dont think he ever really got going. his play this season reminded me of his first playing season with us after the injury when we signed him. didnt have too good a year bc he didnt catch up to the level others were at which is my theory on what happened this year with the DT's. I thought joseph did well in spurts but also kinda disappeared.
Ultimately, id rather a stout DT before a MLB bc a great DT will free up whoevers the MLB behind him...and added a great DT helps the DE's get sacsk
We had a lot of injuries at DT. We still don't know what we have in our new guys. Agreed that we can definitely use another solid tackle. We may have talent coming up at DE. We just don't know what what those young guys are capable of. I don't think we have the money go make a FA buy at MLB. I'd love to draft a top MLB. But would TC give him a green light to play? It would be a wasted pick to take one and not play him in a position that needs immediate fixing. I wish he would give younger guys a chance to step up more often. Chase and Herz aren't the answer. They hurt us on runs and passes.
In all seriousness, we held Philly to 19 and the skins to 17 (they would have 20 instead if we had converted late in the game, as they had the ball). Defense is NOT the main problem with this team, no matter how much people complain about the 500 yards/game thing. Could it use some work? Yes. But it doesn't need to be blown up...