Jolly Good Fellow
Question for the group: Would Groh still be here if we had 2-3 more wins last year?
Sneezy is a perfect rush end in a 4-3... Young is going to thrive this year when offenses try to attack our D with screen passes and short dinks, which they will because that is what you do to a 4-3. Well atleast that is what you do to a 4-3 that is holding the line of scrimmage... and that is My one concern this year... Our NT, I honestly think Gotsis will be great at the DT spot, but the loss of Shawn green is big. I am hoping we have 2 guys really step up or we could be seeing a lot of power running this year.
ATL1, You and I will have to disagree then, I would point to Sneezy's production the last 6 games of the season when we went to a 1 gap scheme compared to the nearly 1 1/2 years where he played OLB in a 3-4. You will find his sack totals and pressures' went up drastically. I agree somewhat that this was a product of the play call of Groh which you pointed out was centered around "gap" control by the D-line instead of attaching. I am no Groh fan but in his defense when you don't have a D-line and are attacking with your LB's you will be picked a part.
Bottom line it's Groh's fault our defense was so bad, either he didn't recruit the right players for his system or he couldn't coach the concepts to the players level. Personally I think it was both and we will see a much better defense this year with simply a different scheme and attitude.
He also had other responsibilities other than pass rush as a OLB under Groh.
That was exactly my point, that when you simplified Sneezy's responsibility, i.e. in a 4-3 defense, the guy shines, hence he is made for the rush DE in that scheme, but when you put him in a 3-4, he is still good, but not as good as he will be in this new scheme.
do you suspect a change defensively this year or will it take a year or two to fully come to full-circle?
This is what I'm worried about any time a new coordinator comes in. When Groh was hired, he was pretty frank about the 3 year milestone for his defense. For Roof, I would have to think he would need more than just one off-season to implement what he wants but at the same time, I expect one of the things that CPJ iterated to him as a "lesson learned" was to keep things simple for the players so that we aren't riding on a multi-year learning curve.
So just like we saw the defensive stats improve in the last 8 games of the 2012 season, I expect better defensive stats in 2013 when compared to the first six games of last season.