Originally Posted by sureletsrace
It won't take anywhere near as long as rob ryans defense. The players on defense have played in 43 sets many, many times. The player with the steepest learning curve is luckily our LB Sean Lee, who is probably the most instinctive, cerebral, film junkie player on our team.
Its just going to be a matter of getting the right players in the right spots, which I trust Monte Kiffin to do.
I might be a little optimistic about it, but this is how I see it as well. Rob's defense involved various looks and was constantly trying to confuse the offense. Unfortunately, we were the team that frequently looked confused (9,10, or 12 men on the field and players running wide open from busted coverages). This defense is more straight forward and aggressive. The players need to win their battles and execute. They can't miss tackles and run by the QB or RB. DBs need to be sure tacklers. I like the aggressive mindset of this kind defense up front. For various reasons (injuries, coaching, whatever...) we were not that aggressive with Ryan's defense. I hoped we would be a more attacking 3-4 like Pittsburgh's but that never materialized. IMO, we need at least one good DL addition that creates pressure. He can be a DE or DT, but the guy needs to be able to penetrate the LOS or push the pocket and make the QB uncomfortable. Throw in a couple of upgrades on the OL and I think we'll have a team that will be able to do some damage.