Originally Posted by Gastineau99
Not true at all. Defense is certainly still top 10 in the league. Much of the problems with the defense over the past couple years has been the offense's being so inept. Many of the points our D ha given up were either through the offense giving up TDs or putting our D in really tough spots with turnovers or an inability to stay on the field.
Last year our D gave us a realistic chance to win pretty much every game, other than maybe the Pats Thanksgiving game. SF game look bad on paper, but the D held them in check and kept us in it for most of the game.
This is a great point...on the other end of the spectrum is a defense like the Pats, where there offense makes it possible to tee off on opposing teams after grabbing big leads.
There is a reason the Pats D is always at or near the top of the league in causing TOs.
Our offense led the league in 3 & outs & points directly off TOs.
Sanchez had 28 TOs & numerous pick Sixes. Special teams also had an off year leading to TDs like in New England.
There is a cause & effect in the NFL, stats sometimes lie.