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Umm... Where's the D?

Posted on: November 25, 2008 2:21 am

Has anyone noticed the NFL scoreboard from this past week? My God, have NFL teams forgot how to play defense? Look at the scores; 48-28, 54-31, 37-29, 45-28, 35-22, 51-29, etc, etc. Wow! The average score for an NFL team this past week was 26.16 points. The average score for the winning team was 34.5 pts. This seems really high to me. Of course, my team the Cleveland Browns scored 6 points, but then again they were up against the staunch defense of the Houston Texans (sarcasm should be noted). Did Roger Goodell send out a memo requesting teams to only put 10 players on the defensive side or something? I know that the league is putting more emphasis on the pass, and I think this is a big reason for the scores. Not only were teams lighting it up on the offensive side, but how many interception returns for touchdowns were there? I can count about 3 off the top of my head (the Bills Leodis McKelvin, the Ravens Ed Reed, the Buccaneers Ronde Barber). With all the passing now, defenses are getting more opportunities to score off the pick as well. Now, I guess the question is this: will this be a trend or an aberration? My mind says this is a trend, while my heart hopes it's an aberration. I'm already longing for the days of smashmouth football. Where have you gone Jim Brown?



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2008 2:39 am

Umm... Where's the D?

you bring up a good point with the Ty Poole signing. But, I ask you this, is it that defensive backs are harder to find, or is it that teams need more of them to compensate for the amount of 3-5 receiver sets we see in the league. Also, look at the past draft history. Good wide receivers are being found as late as the last round of the draft (Marques Colston), and there wasn't even one taken in the first round last year, as teams knew they forgo and still wind up with quality in rounds 2-4. So, I guess I'm saying that I think that it might not just be a lack of d-backs, but maybe more an influx of quality wideouts.

PS: No sweat on the grade :^)

Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2008 7:44 am

Umm... Where's the D?

You're right on here. Its starting to look like the Big 12 in the NFL. Tyrone Poole was just signed by the Titans (a pretty good team) and he is 36 years old and has been out of the NFL for TWO YEARS. That should give a pretty good indication of how hard it is to find quality D-backs now. Don't know where they have all gone. Watching the Pats and Dolphins on Sunday the two teams combined for over 750 yards passing on the day. They just couldn't be stopped and its not as though we had Brady and Manning chucking the ball around. I think its kind of fun though, so I don't really yearn for the days of 3-yards and a cloud of dust football (Woody Hayes reference for you there).

PS: Meant to click 5 stars but spazzed out. Sorry. 

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