Even when the defense is healthy it is a defense that does not generate enough game changing plays.
This D is bottom 5 in each of the following categories:
Inteceptions - total of 5, leader is 20
Passes Defended - total of 36, leader is 84
Forced fumbles - total of 9, leader is 26
Fumbles recovered (tied for 7th least) total of 7, leader is 18
Sacks we are 19th over all with 24, leader is 37
The defense is good at stopping teams fairly consistently but there are breakdowns at the most inopportune times. We're pretty good at holding teams to field goals.
But when the hell are we going to start generating game changing plays? Ones that change the game or at the very least help our offense? The type of ones listed above where we are bottom 5? We just don't do that. We're a top 10 defense (currently ranked 9th overall) when we're bottom 5 in the game changing categories????????????? for real??? And this was occurring when we had all of our starters healthy.
Restore the trenches, restore the rings.