Don't think we should have stuck with Eric Smith, Calvin Pace & Bart Scott this year
Not sure if we had a choice in the matter and if there was anything else we could have done but these are 3 guys who we should have moved on from at all cost and went both younger, faster, and on Pace's side more explosive. Bart being a liability in coverage is expected but last year he was so slow getting off blocks and literally lacked any play making ability we're used to seeing from him especially on running plays. Eric Smith ... well he's the dumb elephant in the room that nobody seems to be talking about. The weak spot in our defense and he's supposed to control the back-line of the D and he's terrible at that job. I honestly thought we'd move on from all 3 of these guys at all cost and no matter what it cost us but I still think we could have improved defensively and getting rid of all of these guys would have helped.
I know Pace has his defenders on here but he's supposed to be a playmaker and he's payed to be one and he makes a playmaker type play that stands out maybe once every 3 games. He has 1 game in a season where he dominates frequently in spurts throughout the game. 2 years ago it was the Bengals game, last year I think it was one of the buffalo games. He's a guy we really should just separate from and try to get some young blood there to help especially with some speed off the edge. Pace is slow as hell ... Lets hope these guys don't slow our defense down and keep it from being GREAT. Our defense is VERY good but I'd like it to be great and these 3 guys for me are key components that hold us back IMO.