Originally Posted by davidyee
this is not a defense
consistent winning in football is about trench play on both sides
substance over flash
if this "collective" (jones, garrett, et al) really had this line of thinking that "you can ride a QB, WRs and backfield" and ignored the DL and OL becasue of it, they are idiots and should be held responsible
...they had a plan, but it didn't pan out.
On the DL with Ware, Spencer, Lissemore, Hatcher, Brent, Butler and Spears they felt it was adequate for an NFL D-line. Improvement was going to be found by more experience for Lissemore and Brent.
On the OL the acquisition of Livings and Bernardeau along with Callahan would make an improvement over 2011.
Austin was suppose to be a #1, Dez was going to improve along with Ogletree.
They were excited about having Murray for a whole season. Witten was suppose to be Witten.
Who knew Church would get injured for the entire year. Lee would have season ending turf toe, Carter would dislocate an elbow, McCray would hurt Ware and give Claiborne a concussion he clearly has not recovered from yet.
On OL who knew Costa would hurt his back. Cook would struggle early on with injury and Free would forget how to play RT where he excelled earlier in his career.
On DL who knew Ware would be a wounded warrior, Brent would kill someone while driving drunk, and Spears would flat out disappear.
For me the two worst injuries were Church and Lee. It seemed after that the team struggled with answers on defence. Add in the loss of Murray for the middle part of the season and it was a scramble to make something of the year.
It exposed our lack of quality depth. Something most teams not named the Packers suffer from.
The trenches were not suppose to be a downgrade from 2011. They weren't expected to be "all-world", especially the o-line, but they weren't suppose to be worse than last year. In many ways you could say they did not improve.