Originally Posted by Doomsday101
I agree, seem many only talk about pass rushing when talking defense well Dallas giving up 4.2 yards a run tells me the run defense needs to improve. Looking at the 2 teams sitting in the SB tells me the run is still very much alive in the NFL and you better be able to stop it, our losses late in the season against the Skins and Giants in large part was because we could not stop their running game. I think ability to get after a QB is very important but by the same token if a team can keep the ball on the ground and move the chains the pass rush becomes meaningless.
I think we'll be much improved against the run next year. I believe this is who will start:
DE - Spears
NT - Ferguson
DE - Canty
OLB - Ware
ILB - James
ILB - Burnett
OLB - ?
Spears, Canty, Ware, James, and Burnett were all either 1st year starters or rookies (except for Ferguson). With actual game experience under their belts and a full year of weight training, etc., they should play even better now and we should improve against the run. So I'm more interested in improving the pass rush because I believe we're already on our way to being better against the run.