Yes they are better than average on defense. Are they good as most of us thought they would be or hoped they would be? Probably not, but a lot of people were expecting the '85 Bears. They are still an above average, actually they are a pretty good defense, just wouldn't consider them dominating.
Did you take into consideration that the Texans are a very strong offensive team? Also, that 10 of their points came off of Jet turnovers.
Last edited by HawkeyeJet; 11-21-2010 at 07:14 PM.
the problem as I see it, and it's already been said...
a) no pass rush unless we send the house
b) even when we send the house, we don't get there fast enough, QB can throw into our soft midsection
c) midsection is soft BECAUSE we sent everyone and there's not enough left to cover the underneath
i doubt it will get fixed. we just don't have the speed to get to the QB with the guys we are rushing.
if we're to win this year, it's our offense that's going to have to bail out the 'd' shortcomings. special teams returns is average. need a dynamic & explosive KR.
Brad Smith is commendable, but it takes a huge hole to bust him loose. he's thinking too much back there instead of just picking a spot and taking off.
Depth on the d-line is an issue. They are really missing Jenkins. Nobody has replaced him in the rotation. Pouha, Devito and Ellis are good but they can't take so many snaps, they need one more run-stopper in the rotation.
I was surprised they didn't bring back Marques Douglas, he played a lot of snaps last year and did well.
Pace may still be affected by his broken foot. He had 3 screws put in his foot. Bryan Thomas is no pass rusher either. Adalius Thomas would have been an interesting addition.