He said games are won on gameplanning on Mon & Tuesday. I didn't know Hawthorne and Casillas were in charge of that. I thought Spags did the gameplanning. And if you're pinning this defense issues on Hawthorne and Casillas, youre argument isn't going to hold much water.
Yeah, so having players that are penciled in as starters out with injury while they are still trying to adapt to a new system, wouldn't cause setbacks for the defense? Not to mention that the replacements for Casillas & Hawthorne were the two worst OLB in the league in Shanle & Herring. Let's not forget Greer's injury forced a 5th round pick to start at CB on opening day.
So it's the offenses fault we couldn't stop the run? It's the offenses problem we couldn't rush the passer? It's the offenses fault we couldn't tackle?
I never said or implied that the defense was great. What you can't seem to comprehend is that offense failed to compliment the defense this season. This team has been built as an offensive team by an offensive mind. You seem to forget that the defense came up with several crucial stops in several different games this season giving the offense a chance to win the game. When given the chance, the offense shite the bed every opportunity they had.
Let's just forget Drew's pick in a one possession game late in the 4th quarter against the Redskins. Let's forget the offense went 2-11 on 3rd down that game as well.
Let's forget Drew's pick 6 early in the game at Carolina which ended up being a one possession defeat. Let's forget the redzone struggles in that game too.
How about the offense going 5-13 on third down against the Chiefs including 0-6 on their final 6. During that stretch, Drew a pick inside of the Saints 5 that set up a Chief's TD & there was safety mixed in too.
Do you remember the Green Bay game & offense's struggles in the redzone? Do you remember the defense making a stop late in the game giving the offense a chance to pull the game out? After driving into Packer territory, Sproles drops what would have been a 1st down plus on 3rd down. Then Dave Thomas holds as Hartley makes what would have been a go ahead field goal but instead they get backed up & Hartley misses the longer field goal.
How about the defense's two goal line stands in the 2nd half at Tampa when offense decided not show up for the 2nd half?
My point is the defense made plays when they had to. The offense didn't capitalize when the defense gave them those opportunities. In a normal season with a Payton designed offense, that would have been good enough.
These are the draft classes under Williams. There's plenty defensive duds & some guys didn't even pan out.
2009 Draft Class
1 Malcolm Jenkins CB Ohio State
4 Chip Vaughn S Wake Forest
4 Stanley Arnoux LB Wake Forest
5 Thomas Morstead P Southern Methodist
2010 Draft Class
1 Patrick Robinson CB Florida State
2 Charles Brown OT USC
3 Jimmy Graham TE Miami (FL)
4 Al Woods DT LSU
5 Matt Tennant OG/C Boston College
7 Sean Canfield QB Oregon State
2011 Draft Class
1 Cameron Jordan DE California
1 Mark Ingram RB Alabama
3 Martez Wilson LB Illinois
3 Johnny Patrick CB Louisville
7 Greg Romeus DE Pittsburgh
7 Nate Bussey LB Illinois
This post was edited on 12/31 at 3:59 pm