I am really interested to hear people's takes on the defense right now. It felt really sketchy out there against BC for the entire first half but then halftime comes and we've only given up 7 points. We won't be able to rely on turnovers to stop drives every time but it sure felt like improvement over the past 2 weeks. Here are some of my thoughts from an untrained eye:
-Barno looks like he is going to be a big time player
-Brion and Dorian look like they are getting better every week
-Deablo at Strong Safety seems to be the correct move
-Dax on the bench looked to make the defense a little better against the run. To me, Ashby and Dax are similar but Ashby has a stronger shoulder. Both a little slow and need to play in the middle but Ashby is better at stopping guys in their tracks while Dax falls backwards on tackles at times. Can't see them being on the field together going forward.
-A lot of the big plays in the pass looked like miscommunications or blown coverages. I think this is something that we can improve on week to week with more practice time. Almost more encouraging to watch then guys getting beat 1 on 1 consistently.
-Chamari and Deablo like to tackle and that's what we were missing last week. I think Jenkins will be another guy who likes to tackle, when we get him back.
-Belmar and Reed continue to be solid. Seems like we are relatively good at the DE position.
-No clue what is going on at DT. I haven't quite remembered everyone's numbers yet at DT so not really sure who is in the game at times.
Overall, I feel tentatively optimistic about the defense going forward. Bend but don't break actually worked in this game. We still have a long way to go but I think we have enough talent to keep teams under 30 points and that's what we will need to do to win games this year.