Everyone is talking OL, Jones, and coaching, which are all huge problems to be sure.
But our defense doesn't have a chance to succeed against a good QB like Brady because our pass rush is a complete zero. Given our talent on D, our defensive philosophy makes sense in the modern era.
- Make teams string together a lot of plays
- Force/hope for mistakes
- Force/hope for FGs in the red zone
Without a pass rush, that's all we can do. And it works sometimes - the Raiders game is a great example. We held them to FGs and Carr made a big mistake. That translated into a win.
That's just not going to work against Tom Brady. We got the big mistake from Mike Evans, but it wasn't nearly enough. You can't blitz him (and we don't have guys who are good at blitzing). You can't touch him with a 4 man rush. You've got nothing.
To actually be good we need 1) pass rushers who can make destructive plays and 2) an offense that can keep pace with good offenses.
Given how much draft capital we've had and how much FA money we've spent, it's astonishing how bad our pass rush is. If people want to fire Graham, that's fine with me - fire everyone. But I think there's merit to the philosophy he's deploying given the talent at his disposal.