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There is no question that he has done a great job here. But I believe the biggest difference has been the recruiting along the defensive front. The '09 team currently has not one pro playing in the NFL. The current group is not only stocked with future pro's, but high draft picks among Werner, Tank(would be higher if not for ACL), Jenkins(same as Tank), Jernigan(when he comes out), Ev(most likely third round) and Demonte. That doesn't even factor in the young guns like Edwards, Casher, Goldman, NLS and Shanks.
'10 95 tfl's, 48 sacks, 15 forced fumbles, 15 int's, 19.6ppg, 3.4 yards per carry, 354 yards per game
'11 98 tfl's, 40 sacks, 7 forced fumbles, 16 int's, 15.1ppg, 2.3 yards per carry, 275 yards per game
'12 73 tfl's, 32 sacks, 9 forced fumbles, 8 int's, 15.1ppg, 2.7 yards per carry, 250 yards per game
Therefore, our Yards per game has been reduced in each year, but how much that has to do with playing 1aa schools and Savannah State didn't even get a full game?
You also see how the explosive plays(sacks, tfl's this year and turnovers) have been diminished in each year, despite returning a veteran group. I think the numbers point out how good a senior year Bradham had in comparison to this year's LB's. He was also a very good blitzer.
In '10 we had 12 sacks from our LB's/DB's and 7.5 from our DT's. In '11, 13 from the back 7 and 8 from the Dt's. This season, we only have one from Telvin against the U and 4.5 from our DT's, despite returning everyone and being a year more mature. Stats don't always tell the entire story and pressures and QB hits are just as important, but that should be reflected somewhat in interceptions by Stoops coached DB's. But we have only half of what we had the last two years. I think opposing offenses employed quick routes against us, but I'm not so sure that we adjusted adequately enough.
I still think you'd see more picks if we played less vanilla. Pre-snap confusion leads to turnovers. Our passrush is a poorly kept secret. Everyone knows it's good but they generally know who and how they're coming. Given that we know opponents will be moving the pocket, using screens, and throwing quicks our staff doesn't seem to have an adequate counter punch.
I like Stoops, appreciate what he did here and wish him well. But our defense seems to react rather than dictate. Its why we saw several teams score on their first possession. Stoops seems to make the other team show their hand. This works sometimes in our favor but I'd rather concede nothing. I also don't think the staff adjusted well in the UF game in particular.
Our defense was predicated on making teams go on long drives and hope they make a mistake. Teams don't often go 80 or more yards on drives and come away with points, and Stoops basically played the percentages. It worked against a lot of the teams we played, but when you haven't been tested all year and your defense is used to going 3 and out against bad teams, when a team like Florida puts together drives like they did, the team is shell shocked. It affects both sides of the ball too, because when the offense sees Florida going on long, time consuming drives, they feel they have to score every time they get the ball because they don't know how many times they will see the ball that game. Puts a lot of added pressure, and can lead to a lot of mistakes.
Clemson was a different game because, even though they put up points, they do it quickly, so time and possessions aren't as big of a concern. They live on big plays, and when they don't happen, they are put in 3rd and long situations most of the time, which allows the defense to pin their ears back and not worry about the run.
With the athletes we have on the defensive side of the ball, there was no reason not to attack. I know our defensive line was suppose to be the best in America, but as the season went along, it was apparent we missed Jenkins and weren't getting the pressure we thought we would. Stoops never made adjustments to that, because he didn't have to because we never played anyone of consequence.
"A Seminole warrior killed in battle is a legend remembered. A Gator lost in battle becomes a pair of boots and a belt. "
Thanks for all you've done. Now stay the F out of Florida for your kids.
I hated our game plans. They were basic, unimaginative and lacked aggression. I appreciate what Stoops did here, his defenses were very good, but his defenses could have been better; maybe even dominant.
What I liked about 2010 was that we creates more turnovers, and had pressure from other positions other than just the DL.... JMO but I wished we would have blitzed more with our DBs and LBs... to me Hunter would have been a great DB to send on the blitzes.... as well as Telvin Smith from the LB spot... that would have made OC and olineman account for more than just the DE... again JMO
We definitely missed Jenkins. As good as Werner and Tank have been this year, the trio would have been murder.
I also think we miss Greg Reid's energy(forget about his punt returning for now). Waisome has had a solid year and has been excellent in coverage, he just isn't the big play guy that Reid was. Reid made mistakes, but he also had a knack for making a game changer when we needed it most, including separating someone from the ball.
Dont underestimate bend-but-dont-break....It just has to be coupled with a high powered offense.
It's won 2 of the 3 last Superbowls in the NFL (Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saint) ... and Bellichek uses it with Patriots.
Isolate the defense though. This unit could have been so much better with a little aggression.
The Saints defense that year blitzed a lot and created turnovers.... but they weren't elite by any means
Exactly. There's more than one way to win a football game. A big play here or there and we could be undefeated.
The Saints were the highest volume blitzing teams in the entire league, they weren't bend but don't break, they lived off turnovers, as did Green Bay. Turnover margin is huge at every level. The Colts are the last team I can think of that had such a non aggressive playstyle to win the Super Bowl, but they had a great pass rush from the DL. Belichick uses it now, but when he had guys like Bruschi, Vrabel, and Ted Johnson, they brought pressure all the time. Since that has stopped, he hasn't won a Super Bowl, and his defenses have left a lot to be desired.
This post was edited by ptrwrkdunn26 16 months ago
Yes -- we definitely could pickup on the turnovers.
It's really hard to fully judge what Stoops could have did with our defense this year, if he had good linebackers. I mean, we had a top 5 defensive line, and a top 5 secondary... while being anchored down by linebackers, who probably would fall into the bottom half of division 1... if you tried to rank them.
That weakness really limits what you can do, all of the great defenses that I can think of, at least 2-linebackers would be considered very good.
If Stoops had better LB'ers would he had been a little more risky at times? Possibly.... possibly not. It's hard to say, but I certainly can't fault the guy for not rolling the dice with our shitty linebackers.
Whether we like it or not, our offense cost us both losses we carry FAR MORE than our defense did.
Sorry, but I don't consider Christian Jones or Telvin Smith poor linebackers, I think they were put in positions many LB's would have failed. Coaching has been poor at that position, has nothing to do with our talent level at the position.
I agree. I think our lbs were put in awful situations. There's talent on that unit. May be why Hudson is being rumored to go.
So... our hc, dc, de, secondary, etc. Coaches just stood idle while a terrible LB coach limited the best defense in the country.
Not saying it's impossible, just think that is unlikely.
You mean like when our whole administration ignored the Jeffy years and let him continue far too long and dug us into a huge hole?
They stood idle, yet he's rumored to be leaving.
This is not the best defense in the country.
I think we've all heard that the offensive playbook is too big. Well, I think our defensive playbook was too small.
Our defense was like IBM, steady and methodical. But I think most of the fans wanted to see Apple, fast growing and innovative. We didn't play with the enthusiasm that some of the other defenses in the country and I believe that starts at the top.
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