Weak at CB. Ike is only solid one and he is getting old.
Weak at OLB with 92 out.
Weak at DL? Maybe.
IDK, I think we are even weak at ILB; Timmons misses tackles all day long.
Are things really this bleak? They might be.
The defense needs both and they need them for 2 or 3 more years to be competitive and hopefully draft or develop some talent on defense. The other players seem to be playing as if Troy and James are in the game and waiting for them to make a play or cause the quarterback make a bad decision.
According to Trib articles on-line this morning, our D schemes are very predictable, apparently. After running the same defense for so many years, it has become easy to read and know what the defense is doing. Palmer recognized what the defense would do, audibled to the play for the long TD run, for one example. Apparently, same with blitz packages, very easy to recognize and anticipate.
Palmer's statement about the predictability of our blitzes goes a long way to explain why last season we had the lowest sack total in 21 years.
Palmer called 11 audibles on 57 plays -- calling an audible on less than 20% of plays does not indicate that the entire defensive scheme is predictable.
My brother thought that the Raiders were possibly pulling a Patriots with a camera focused on our sidelines...Carson looked too comfortable...
I'm not sure what you guys are getting at here. Palmer is an NFL quarterback. He will generally know what is coming. Do you think teams that play a 4-3 Tampa two defense "surprise" anyone? Hell no. Granted LeBeau's defense is supposed to confuse but their are only so many combinations and things you can do. A veteran quarterback like Palmer who has played the Steelers a lot has seen this defense many times and it's hard to confuse him.
The key thing here, and we all know it, is getting pressure on the QB. That's what LeBeau has to figure out. It's just not easy when your players aren't winning any one on one battles.
IDK, is the days of an effective 3-4 coming to an end? With the rules as they are now, and as they are now enforced, is it possible that the 3-4 just isn't the cat's meow any longer? It probably can still be great, but ours isn't, right now. There is something about putting pressure on a QB with the front 4 that seems so effective. If you can get pressure with a dominant front 4 in a 4-3, that seems like the best of all worlds. When we end up with our OLBs having to face a legit NFL OT, it just doesn't work. A 320 lb OT laughs at a 250 lb LB trying to get by him. The only time it seems effective is when a play calls for a RB or TE to block our OLBs. But how can you create that match up if the offense doesn't give it to you?