Fewell is running a defense that depends on turnovers.....for what it's worth, the Giants forced alot of them this season.
However the defense simply couldn't hold up against offenses that avoided big mistakes.....the Falcons and Ravens in particular.
Last edited by joemorrisforprez; 01-22-2013 at 03:37 PM.
"I like linebackers. I collect 'em. You can't have too many good ones." - Bill Parcells
"Name the starting linebackers from 2007." - Jerry Reese
But "absolute worst defense in franchise history"? Absurd. Not even close.
You're looking at yards allowed, only, and deciding to put a bullet to your head.
The fact is that in nearly all other factors evaluating defenses, our regular season 2012 defense was better than our 2011 regular season, Super Bowl-winning, defense.
Aside from our drop off in defending 3rd down conversion attempts (42% in 2012 vs 38% in 2011)--which I would argue hurt us far more than a few more yards allowed--our 2012 defense performed better than our 2011 defense during the season.
In 2012 we were 12th in least points allowed (21.5/gm) vs 2011 when we were 24th (25.0 / gm).
In 2012 we were tied for 4th with 14 fumble recoveries, vs 2011 we were tied for 7th with 11.
In 2012 we were tied for 3rd with 21 INTs, vs 2011 we were tied for 6th with 20 INTs.
As a result of these 2012 improvements in all key aspects of our defense--aside from allowing 7 yds more per game in 2012 vs 2011, and the aforesaid inferior defense on 3rd dwn att in 2012-- we were better in 2012 in "plus turnover ratio". ranked 4th with +14 (vs a decent rank of 7th with +7 in 2011), we were better in 2012 in net points scored/allowed (+85) vs 2011 (-6), and as stated above, we allowed fewer points per game (21.5) in 2012 than in 2011 (25.0).
The reason these other defensive stats are important is that in many seasons, teams with inferior yards defense often make the playoffs not only because they may score a ton of points on offense (see 2011 Packers and Patriots), but also because these teams compensate defensively with superior efforts in creating turnovers (as we did this year), setting their offenses up with added opportunities which often result in more scoring, as did happen for us in many games this year.
What hurt us this year, and what kept us out of the post season, was the oft-cited inconsistent team performances throughout the season. Obvious point, but seems to be overlooked often in the race to hysterically rant about which coaches and starting players we must "get rid of".
Our defense was terrific in most of our wins, and was not as horrible as many insist they were in a few of our losses. Our Defense was definitely outplayed overall in the first game vs Cowboys, the Bengals game, the Falcons and the Ravens games. Those games were extremely disappointing and the lack of decent defense was at fault to a great degree. But we also could not do much, if anything, right on Offense in those games, either. Can't ignore that.
On the other hand, we were in the first Eagles game, and the second Redskins game, right up until the final seconds of each game. I won't bash Tynes for missing the last second 53 (51?) yd FG in the Eagles game--he arguably should not have even been in that situation. There were a couple other plays before that desperation attempt that may have enabled a win.
But the real killer for our season, in my view, was the result of the second Skins game. That game was winnable up to the last, and our 2012 offense--unlike in many of our close games in 2011--just could not pull it off. Even if Tynes had made an earlier FG attempt, one within his normal high-percentage range, that could well have saved the season for us--regardless of those horrendous Falcons and Ravens performances. Everything else the same, we win that second Redskins game, we win the division, period.
Even starting a thread condemning Fewell and 2012 as the "worst defense in franchise history" as a joke would be ignorant.
Last edited by gmen46; 01-22-2013 at 07:32 PM.
Yards per game is a horrible stat for ranking defense/offense, OP is overreacting, under Spags we gave up 21.9 points per game and won a SB in 2007, last year we gave up 21.9 and didn't make the playoffs...
Edit:OP under yards per game ranking the Steelers were the #1 defense in the league and finished 8-8...
Last edited by barran21; 01-22-2013 at 07:51 PM.
and 3rd down defense is a huge element that decides success/failure of a defense