Originally Posted by Yakuza Rich
There is no All-22 for the 2010 season.
But, IIRC, we changed the scheme vastly and got away from man-to-man coverage and went to zone coverage. I also remember Spencer being AWFUL under Wade that year. He would jump out of his gap responsibility under Wade to make the big play. Teams saw this coming and would run the ball right at him. There was one play against Green Bay on 3rd and short where the Packers knew Spencer would do that and they ran right at him for a huge game because Spencer left a gigantic hole open.
Too many players, like Spencer, didn't respect Wade's authority. That's why Wade works as a D-Coordinator. He's a good D-Coordinator and if a player acts up, they have to deal with Kubiak who commands respect.
Anyway, when Garrett took over, Spencer got right in line.
For the most part teams don't make wide sweeping changes/adjustments in their scheme and what they are trying to do in the season. [View Full Quote]
One of the things I've always been curious about is Andy Reid's great record after bye weeks. From what I have gathered, the reason for that is Reid installs an entirely new set of plays on offense during the bye week. That way the opponent is completely unprepared for what they will throw at them.
My guess is that is essentially what happened in 2010.
I completely agree with you, the defense has to make turnovers, particularly INT's. I have been preaching that for a while now and from a statistical standpoint, it's extremely clear that the lack of INT's on defense has a dramatic impact on this team.
But, I have 100% confident that we would not have seen anything different had Pasqualoni stayed on for 2011. And I don't think Garrett was seriously considering him either.
I think that since the DB coverage scheme changed so drastically since Garrett realized you can't get any worse on defense, Spencer changed the way he played and we started playing Sean Lee, that's why we generated turnovers.
And in the end, the defense still stunk in 2010 under Pasqualoni. It just went from by far the worst defense in Cowboys history to still giving up 26 points a game.
I still have some hope for Garrett if he gives the offense over to a real Offensive Coordinator. But even then, I still worry about how tough this team is mentally. Too many guys being out with injuries. Something tells me that this wouldn't happen under Parcells, who would let it be known that you 'can't make the club in the tub.'
I don't think any D-Coordinator can make a great defense with this many injuries.
Agreed they’re not going to be great with all the injuries but let’s be real here they weren’t generating much in the way of turnover before the injuries.
As for Pasqualoni’s defense their turnovers were a very big part on why we won 5 of eight games (and were competitive in the three we lost)
We may have given up 26 point per game but we were winning the majority of our games under Pasqualoni weren’t we?
We exactly have a stellar offense under Kitna, but it was good at not turning the ball over, combine that with out (brief) ability to generate turnovers and you had a winning team.
So why are you 100% confident that Pasqualoni couldn’t have managed something similar in 2011?