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What's up with our run defense

CMicks3110 : 9/18/2023 8:05 am
with Dex, Leo, Robinson, Nacho, Okereke, Simmons this looked like it was going to be a strength. Is it the edges that are failing us? KT isn't known for run defense, I don't know what Ojulari is at this point. Boogie and Ward were both on the field a lot yesterday and yet Connor behind a very average o-line was still piling up yards.

Corners were mostly doing man press as far as I could see. Banks hardly got tested and Hawkins I don't think had a single target I can remember. So what gives?
Leo is non-existent so far, and the new run stuffers we added  
ThomasG : 9/18/2023 8:19 am : link
have not stepped up. Teams are also still testing our edges on runs and having success. The rookie CBs may not be supporting enough as well but tough to see on tv.

What is KT known for because not seeing much of anything? Daboll may have to call him out again in front of the team.
The right side of the run D  
jeff57 : 9/18/2023 8:21 am : link
Was really bad as Arizona kept getting tons of yards running left.
ILB play was poor  
RCPhoenix : 9/18/2023 8:27 am : link
Especially from McFadden.
Defense In General Was Bad  
Jeffrey : 9/18/2023 8:41 am : link
Notwithstanding the hype, Wink's defense was not very good last year and has been bad this season. Despite the second half yesterday, this defense does not seem capable of stopping the run or the pass against quality teams. Maybe it's just getting new players adjusted, the age on Williams and the two rookie corners.
the weird  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/18/2023 9:11 am : link
thing is all of these guys had a great camp... and before you say it was just against our shitty OL, they abused a very good Detroit Lions OL for two days as well.
I had this same thought  
Giantimistic : 9/18/2023 9:12 am : link
But we saw signs of life in the second half. I think it mostly comes down to not playing with each other all preseason. We have 2 new tackles as depth. We have one coming back from injury and a rookie.

Ward was playing run DE a bit and didn’t look great—I do wonder if he is having a drop off.

I think they will start to sync and then our new middle linebacker will do a lot more cleanup work.
The hope  
HBart : 9/18/2023 9:19 am : link
Is that the guys we brought in to shore up our crap run D: Robinson, Nacho, & Boogie, are just getting acclimated and integrated.

Also, the 6 putrid quarters created a self-reinforcing spiral. Playing from behind constantly makes it really hard to do anything, especially 2+ scores down. You're on eggshells in that situation gameplan wise.
Some new parts  
Lines of Scrimmage : 9/18/2023 9:26 am : link
so hoping that is a big part of it. It is something they emphasized in camp and if you want to start getting more hits and sacks on the QB they need to get it together fast.

Last year our stats on third down were off the charts  
Essex : 9/18/2023 9:29 am : link
It almost reminds me of Carson Wentz’s “MVP” caliber season before he got hurt where his numbers on third down were so drastically different. Fluke’s happen and that is what I am worried about with us
I Love Wink, But I Hate Having Only 2 D Linemen On Most Plays  
Trainmaster : 9/18/2023 11:50 am : link
I’d like to see 3 DL more often.

The Dude : 9/18/2023 11:52 am : link
were set in the 2nd half. As bad as Kayvon has been i noticed that in the 2nd.
Wink has been doing a horrible job this year so far  
GiantsFan84 : 9/18/2023 12:03 pm : link
Not aggressive enough and also there have been times where they have no chance at stopping the play due to how they line up.
It's early, many players are new or still young bucks  
JonC : 9/18/2023 12:04 pm : link
There's also a chance some new parts won't work out, and you're seeing early returns. TBD. Wink is definitely calling conservative too, probably to protect the young secondary.
This is a real general take  
aimrocky : 9/18/2023 12:35 pm : link
but I hope we don't mail in the pre-season again next year and let the starters get some time.
I've said it repeatedly  
Joey in VA : 9/18/2023 12:41 pm : link
You can't stop the run with 2 DL. I don't count Jihad Ward as DL no matter what he's listed as. Go watch every big run and you will see the same thing. 2DL and 9 LB/DBs. Size matters that's the only fix. It's 100% on Wink.
RE: I've said it repeatedly  
HBart : 9/18/2023 1:00 pm : link
In comment 16211625 Joey in VA said:
You can't stop the run with 2 DL. I don't count Jihad Ward as DL no matter what he's listed as. Go watch every big run and you will see the same thing. 2DL and 9 LB/DBs. Size matters that's the only fix. It's 100% on Wink.

Boogie has true DE size and is quicker than Ward. Get his ass in there.
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