Gregg Williams knows how to use his defense to create turnovers if he wants to. In his stint here, he didn't want to except for that six-game stretch in 2005. The reason he didn't want to is that a defense that plays a passive bend don't break will rank higher on the points against stat which many fans, media, and even NFL coaches think is a good way to grade defenses. The stat is deceptive.
Haslett is over-agressive. His unit will create takeaways, it will help the offense score more points, but they will look bad on the points against stat.
The best defense is passive or aggressive depending on the score. Neither approach works out well full-time.
I watched this quick video on "The secrets of Super Teams" thinking about the Washington Redskins. The team needs less dictatorship and less yes men to ever improve.. And yes it is sad that 70% of what I watch I associate and compare with the Redskins..
Would Gruden have gone 34 with a mostly 43 guy to run it, and switched up the OL to be zone blockers? Those things take years to implement and here we are in year 3 at 3-6 yet have the ever elusive QB and LT in the fold.
I speculate that Gruden would have had selected linemen that can do more than run block, maybe gotten a proven 34 guy to run to teach a D in transition. And I bet he would have had more than 1 guy he trusts to run the ball.
While I am speculating I think those are somewhat reasonable assumptions
To say he is only a better interview rings a bit shallow.
Last edited by RandyHolt; November-17th-2012 at 04:23 PM.
All I know is that he took the team that Tony Dungy and Rich McKay had built and more or less turned the franchise completely mediocre immediately following the Super Bowl. They had two losing seasons coming off that Super Bowl win, they jettisoned guys like Warren Sapp and John Lynch that were (excuse the pun) lynchpins of their defense, and then couldn't find adaquate replacements for them because they had a nasty habit of trading draft picks for veteran players. They had really bad drafts, a revolving door at quarterback, and Gruden rubbed his staff members and front office personnel the wrong way. Gruden's career winning percentage in Tampa Bay was .509%, which is about as mediocre as you can get, and that was all with him as the de facto GM because, as we know, Bruce Allen is really the cap/contracts/trades guy, and, as I mentioned, he had pushed out McKay. After their one Super Bowl run, Gruden's record in the playoff's was 0-2; in the 6 seasons after the Super Bowl, he made the playoffs twice, and lost in the first game both times.
Those aren't strawmen arguments. Those are facts. Gruden's bark really is bigger than his bite; he's got a big mouth and a big personality which tends to mask the fact that he was basically a one trick pony taking a team other guys built to the Super Bowl who effectively did jacksquat after that one run when, by all accounts, he was basically the general manager and head guy in charge of everything.
The over-aggressive defensive scheme might be put on Shanahan also. He knows that those takeaways produce short-field opportunities for his offense. He was once called the "mastermind" on offense. I think that reputation is very important to him.
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He's the architect of a secondary of Josh Wilson, D. Hall, M Williaims, Gomes/Doughtry -- guess now we will see Merriweather. Most of whom would be backups IMO on most teams. You combine that with linebackers who aren't good at covering -- its not that shocking to me that they are horrible against the pass. This isn't in defense of Haslett again, but yeah I put the defenses failures lets say 80% on Shanny, 20% on Haslett.
Last edited by Skinsinparadise; November-18th-2012 at 10:40 AM.
And Haslett's answer to having a struggling secondary, and linebackers who struggle at covering, has been to rush four, and then force a group of guys who struggle to cover into coverage. Usually zone of off man coverage on top of that, and even when we do "press" our corners never put a hand on a guy to disrupt timing or reroute receivers. That's all coaching stuff, and Shanny doesn't call the defense.
The talent isn't great and that does ultimately fall on Shanahan. But this passive defense Haslett has employed is just as bad as everything else. I'd say it was 50-50 at least.
So do we keep HAZ now?
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